Instructors (Part-Time), Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
University of Washington
Location: Seattle, WA
Internal Number: 110002
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UW Continuum College (UWC2) has outstanding opportunities for several part-time instructors for the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Certificate in GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Two sections of this program, online and in-person, are being offered in the 2022-23 academic year and the instructional team is being expanded. In-person classes are taught on the UW Campus. Instructors are needed for the following courses and during the quarters and sections indicated:
GIS Data & Database Design autumn quarter, in-person
GIS Project Planning & Implementation winter quarter, online and in-person
GIS Modeling & Analysis winter quarter, in-person
GIS in Practice in the Pacific Northwest spring quarter, online and in-person
Advanced GIS Analysis & Applications spring quarter, in-person
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 - these will align across both sections (online/in-person) of the program and in collaboration with both sets of instructors
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 and in association with a second instructor for each course
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 instructors for these GIS courses will provide 3 hours of teaching in-person per week, per course (course class time, Monday or Wednesday evening), plus preparation time, and provision of student assessment and feedback. Preparation time includes readiness to use UW online platforms and learning technologies as needed. An approximate average of 6 hours total per week is expected for preparation and teaching activities for each course. Additional time will be needed for student communications, team meetings and program staff consultations.
UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructors are Academic Staff, not faculty. These are part-time, temporary positions.
A Bachelor's degree in earth science, geography, environmental, or social sciences
Knowledge of field mapping with Esri products
Must be well versed in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online
Ability to troubleshoot coordinate system and projection issues with various GIS data formats
Ability to supervise and train students on day-to-day software workflows
Good IT skills including data organization and management, and troubleshooting capabilities
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally, in writing and in presentations
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (some are specific to individual courses)
Prior teaching experience with adult learners, and some in an online environment
Prior teaching experience in the field of GIS applications
5 years of experience using Esri products for managing GIS data and with vector and raster GIS analysis
Experience designing and creating data bases for GIS analysis and map creation
Knowledge of Relational Database Management Systems for use of storing data, editing data and accessing data for GIS applications and analysis
Familiarity with editing GIS data in an Enterprise environment using versioning
Experience with GIS analysis automation including ArcGIS Pro ModelBuilder and Python
Experience applying standard IT project management practices to GIS projects
Familiarity with the agile, waterfall and other software development lifecycles in the context of delivering GIS solutions
Familiarity with using Computer Aided Design files in GIS software
To apply to teach in any of these courses, please submit the following:
A cover letter describing your interest in the position and associated GIS course and section, and 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 12, 2022, will receive priority consideration.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information
Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit https://www.washington.edu/coronavirus/vaccination-requirement/.
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