Geographic Information Systems Visiting Assistant Professor, Environment and Sustainability Stu...

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Job Description Summary

Wake Forest University’s Environment and Sustainability Studies Program seeks an engaged, creative, and committed teacher-scholar to become a Visiting Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Systems/Sciences (GIS). We welcome candidates with a Ph.D. in geography, environmental studies, anthropology, environmental engineering, conservation biology, environmental sciences, natural resource management, forestry, or other fields in which the candidate has pursued research and/or teaching related to environmental justice, equity, communities, or sustainable development. This is a non-tenure track position for one year with possibility for renewal for three additional years. The Visiting Assistant Professor will teach two lab courses a semester (which is equivalent to three courses per semester). Compelling applicants will have a commitment to interdisciplinary, experiential, and place-based learning and a record of teaching and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds. We welcome applicants who are familiar with participatory GIS, public participation GIS, or community GIS, and have demonstrated experience teaching socio-environmental GIS, using global positioning systems and drone technologies, teaching with commercial and free GIS software, and/or public scholarship with digital storytelling. We seek scholars who share our dedication to cultivating a positive, inclusive culture of belonging among faculty, staff, and students, including international and first-generation students and those who identify as members of minoritized communities.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will join an innovative and interdisciplinary group of scholars from the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences who address the environment and sustainability. The mission of the Environment and Sustainability Studies Program is to prepare students to create just and sustainable futures, which we enact by teaching students how to think across disciplinary boundaries to address environmental challenges and to act within their communities for environmental justice. More information about the program can be found at Our program leverages the applied and experiential learning of liberal arts education and strengthens it through our vibrant professional schools. We ready students to be bold and ethical leaders who respond to environmental issues using socio-environmental synthesis for evidence-based, creative, and principled action.

We recognize that making positive environmental change means creating and sustaining partnerships and collaborations, and we are looking for candidates who strengthen and broaden our commitments to just environmental futures by innovating spaces where students learn both the theory and practice of collaborative and inclusive environmental problem-solving. We seek candidates with a vision for experiential learning and knowledge co-production in the campus, Winston-Salem, and/or global communities. In our Piedmont home this includes local and regional organizations and government agencies, as well as the campus gardens, forests, maker space, and global education programs. We are eager to recruit candidates who develop strategic communication as part of their scholarship, supporting effective and equitable engagement with policy, practitioner, and local communities.

Additional Job Description

Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate, and professional education. Located in Winston-Salem, NC (“The City of Arts and Innovation”), the University is ranked among the top fifty national universities by U.S. News and World Report. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto Pro Humanitate (for humanity), which encourages students to develop the qualities of human character needed to serve humanity. The Environment and Sustainability Studies Program faculty are comprised of dynamic teacher-scholars who apply biology, art, engineering, education, chemistry, English, earth sciences, economics, physics, communication, geography, history, law, philosophy, business, religion, policy, and anthropology to human-environment relationships and are committed to transformative environmental change. The Environment and Sustainability Studies Program, which offers both majors and minors, welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the program’s research, teaching, and community commitments. The program is part of a robust university ecosystem that supports engagement with environmental issues, including the Office of Sustainability, Office of Community and Civic Engagement, the Humanities Institute, the Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability, and the Sustainability Graduate Programs.

For quick facts about the University, see For more on the Environment and Sustainability Studies Program, see

Please provide a cover letter addressed to the search committee, a curriculum vitae with names and contact information of three references, and a teaching statement. In your application materials please speak to how you foster inclusion and belonging in your pedagogy and research. Candidates should submit their materials online as a single PDF file at Address inquiries about the application process and document submission to For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Julie Velásquez Runk at

The position is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2024. To guarantee full consideration, applications should be submitted by December 31, 2023.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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