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Assistant Teaching Professor in GIS & Remote Sensing

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Department: College Forest Resources & Envr Sci
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Forestry

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

The College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of Assistant Teaching Professor in GIS and Remote Sensing. This is a nine-month, non-tenure-track, renewable position at MTU.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class faculty and staff who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Teaching responsibilities will include five to six synchronous or asynchronous on line and in-person courses per year with some of them being at the graduate level. The courses will be determined based on the needs of the College but will include courses in remote sensing of the environment and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Development of GIS Certificates as part of a soon to be offered Masters in GIS through the MTU Global Campus. This work will take place during the spring and summer 2023 and beyond.

Oversee the roll out and teaching of the first GIS Certificate in Fall 2023 and the continuing development of certificates 2 and 3.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. in remote sensing of the Environment or a closely related discipline at the time of appointment.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Experience with online and in-person synchronous/asynchronous teaching of natural resources (undergraduate/or graduate level) as lead instructor.

Proficiency with ARCGIS Pro, ERDAS Imagine, QGIS, or similar GIS/remote sensing software for analysis of natural resource datasets.

Extensive background using learning management systems, such as Canvas.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Interest and experience in delivering classes in the area of remote sensing and GIS, and interest and experience in delivering such classes online.

Experience with GIS research including generating external funds to support research activities.  

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate/graduate level in the disciplinary area.  

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Background with use of machine/deep learning, R, Python with natural resource data sets.  

History with UAS system operation and data processing.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands


Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment. This is not an E-Verified Position.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

9 months



Pay Rate/Salary

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Title of Position Supervisor

College Dean

Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) a teaching statement describing the philosophy used in the classroom to deliver the course content including any specific approaches used in online courses that differ from live in-person courses and 4) a diversity statement that describes past and/or potential actions support a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion where all members of a campus community can excel.  Applicants will be asked for the names and contact information of three references.

Review of applications will begin February 23, 2023.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Houghton Michigan, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. 

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Tech recognizes the importance of supporting faculty members’ partners; candidates selected for on-campus interviews will be invited to bring a guest. Additional details on our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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