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UW Continuum College (UWC2) has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time instructor for the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program, specifically for the foundational course Principles of Cartography & Thematic Design which is taught in autumn quarter. Instructors serve a key role in certificate programs, engaging with students, serving as subject matter experts, presenting learning content, and assessing whether learners have achieved course competencies. PCE students consistently say that the instructor is the single most important element of their course.
Professional and Continuing Education Instructors...
Teach to a set curriculum plan with clear learning outcomes and competencies
Prepare a course syllabus in advance of the course start date (templates provided)
Ensure that lesson plans and presentation materials for the full course are relevant and current
Teach all class sessions at the scheduled time
Respond to student inquiries and provide feedback on student assignments in a timely manner
Coordinate with other instructors in the certificate program, to ensure curriculum continuity across courses
Adapt instructional techniques based on feedback from students and the Program Manager, and implement sound pedagogical practices
Complete instructor onboarding, relevant learning technology training, and other training as needed
Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies.
Participate in 1-2 instructor meetings and information sessions per year
The instructor for Principles of Cartography & Thematic Design will provide 3 hours of online teaching per week (course class time) in collaboration with a co-instructor and Teaching Assistant, plus preparation time, and provision of student assessment and feedback. Preparation time includes readiness to use UW online platforms and learning technologies. An approximate average of 6 hours total per week is expected for preparation and teaching activities. Additional time will be needed for student communications, team meetings and program staff consultations.
UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructors are Academic Staff, not faculty. This is a part-time, temporary position.
A Bachelor's degree in earth science, geography, environmental, or social sciences
Prior teaching experience, particularly with adult learners
Minimum 5 years of Cartography experience using ESRI products, and must be well versed in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
Experience creating mapping solutions that include but are not limited to dot density, choropleth, proportional symbols, flow mapping, cartograms, surfaces, typography and 3D visualizations
Familiar with and able to troubleshoot coordinate system and projection issues
Knowledge of advanced cartographic principles and methods in different information product types (paper maps, web maps, etc.) understanding the capabilities and limitations of symbol/media choices
Firm understanding of color theory, figure-ground principles, typography and mapping evaluation
Ability to supervise and train students on day-to-day software workflows
Good IT skills including data organization and management, and troubleshooting capabilities
Be up to date with emerging cartographic software, techniques and methodologies
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Ability, and desire, to successfully work with individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Willingness to teach with minimal supervision while maintaining high standards of professionalism, punctuality, and content relevance for diverse adult students
Legal authorization to work and receive compensation in the United States
Prior teaching experience in the field of cartography and GIS applications
Knowledge of other ESRI compatible software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe for Maps addin, Leaflet, Mapbox
Prior experience teaching/presenting in an online environment
To apply to teach the course Principles of Cartography & Thematic Design, please submit the following:
A cover letter describing your relevant experience
Resume or CV
Names and contact information of three references. [optional]
A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and Github profile (if applicable). [optional]
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and review of applications will occur intermittently dependent on program needs. Applications received by August 15, 2021, will receive priority consideration.
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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