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Inviting Nominations and Applications

The University of Redlands, California, Begins Initiative to Promote Education and Applied Research in GIS

GIS is an integral aspect of countless businesses, schools, and agencies around the world. The demand for the technology rapidly grows each year, expanding the need for professionals to help design, Univ. of Redlands logoimplement, and manage GIS in countless industries. The United States Department of Labor and the United States Department of Education Career Voyages Web site identifies the geospatial industry as one of the key emerging and evolving industries. In 2003, assistant secretary of labor Emily Stover DeRocco noted that "tens of thousands of trained [geospatial] workers are needed to fill positions." Since then, the geospatial industry has become a focus of the president's High-Growth Job Training Initiative. Many universities are beginning GIS programs to prepare students for the demands in this field. The University of Redlands, located in Redlands, California, is an innovator in this area, continually expanding its training opportunities and outreach programs.

The university's Master of Science in GIS Program, with concentration in geographic information analysis and management, is designed for an international audience of professionals seeking to improve their knowledge of the analysis and management of geographic information. Graduates of this 11-month full-time residential program can choose to become GIS specialists prepared for positions as project managers, applications specialists, and applications software development team members. Those who continue as professionals in other fields will be fully competent to integrate GIS technology into their work.

In collaboration with Esri, the university recently began planning for a comprehensive initiative to promote education and applied research in GIS throughout the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Education. Key aspects of this initiative are the growth and development of the internationally recognized professional Master of Science in GIS Program, as well as an interdisciplinary infusion of geospatial science and technology into traditional curricula and an augmentation of GIS-based research.

As part of its next phase of GIS expansion, the university is embarking on a substantial program of recruitment. As a consequence, the university invites nominations and applications to fill key academic, administrative, and technical positions in the broad area of GIS.

  • Senior GIS Executive—A new executive position reporting directly to the vice president for Academic Affairs and closely coordinated with the senior vice president for Finance and Administration. Responsible for championing all aspects of the campuswide GIS initiative, including curricular development throughout the university, GIS research within the Redlands Institute, and project management.
  • GIS Program Director, College of Arts and Sciences—Provides academic and administrative leadership for the Master of Science in GIS Program, a professional master's program with an applied practical orientation, and for GIS curricula throughout the university, including an interdisciplinary GIS undergraduate minor. Hands-on experience using GIS in research or professional projects and a strong academic orientation to GIScience and its relevance across the curriculum.
  • GIS, School of Business—Provides leadership in GIS-based business curricula, both undergraduate and graduate. A new tenure-track appointment, rank open. A completed doctorate in geography or information systems, significant work experience leading GIS teams or projects, evidence of research and teaching achievement or potential, and demonstrated business knowledge at the MBA level or higher.
  • GIS, College of Arts and Sciences—A new tenure-track appointment, rank open. Disciplinary focus in information systems for GIS, geodatabase design and development, or programming for GIS is particularly desirable, as is demonstrated excellence in teaching, preferably teaching GIS at the upper division and graduate university levels, including supervision of advanced student projects and master's theses and recent experience with Esri's ArcGIS suite of software.
  • Decision Sciences with an Interest in GIS, School of Business—A tenure-track appointment, rank open. A completed doctorate in decision sciences, statistics, or operations research, preferably with a specialty in logistics or supply chain management, and evidence of research and teaching achievement or potential.
  • Marketing with an Interest in GIS, School of Business—A tenure-track appointment, rank open. A completed doctorate in marketing, psychology, or sociology, preferably with a specialty in perceptual maps or site location models using GIS; evidence of research and teaching achievement or potential; and demonstrated business knowledge at the MBA level or higher.
  • Technical Manager, Redlands Institute—The Redlands Institute, an applied research division of the university, integrates emerging information technology with science, management, and policy research conducted for grant and contract-funded projects. Responsible for meeting strategic program objectives while leading the design and implementation for multiple applied research projects.
  • GIS Analyst I or II, Redlands Institute—Interprets project-based data and applications and oversees the design, construction, quality control, and delivery of required databases, products, and services.

To apply, submit a curriculum vitae, sample materials to demonstrate the required and preferred expertise, and a letter explaining your interest and qualification for the position, along with the names of three references appropriate to the position, to University of Redlands, P.O. Box 3080, Redlands, CA 92373-0999. Some positions require additional materials; please refer to the university's Human Resources Department at www.redlands.edu/x6322.xml. Review of applications will continue until positions are filled. The university is an equal opportunity employer. Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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