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Employment Opportunity


GIS Program
Faculty of Social Sciences
Competition Number: 14-4038
Appointment Type: Regular Full-time
Start: January 01, 2015
Workload: Eight courses per year, subject to eligibility for release time.
Employment Group: VIUFA
Position: 00207
Location: Nanaimo Campus
  Vancouver Island University has three faculty devoted to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing instruction, as part of the Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (ADGISA). This is a post-graduate diploma program delivered in two forms. Our face-to-face program takes place over two academic terms and is a popular choice for recent university graduates who wish to gain practical experience in the field and make industry contacts. Our fully online program is a popular choice for professional worldwide who are looking for GIS certification, changes in responsibility and career advancement. GIS is an active area of study at VIU, with the potential for growth. ADGISA faculty are currently involved in a five-year project (2013-2018) with the government of Ukraine which involves the development of six geomatics courses, and the delivery of these courses by our partners in Ukraine. In addition, VIU has proposed a Master's in GIS program which is currently under review by the BC government.
Duties: Teach online and face-to-face ADGISA courses. Applicants must demonstrate skills and experience appropriate for teaching at least four of the following courses:
GEOG 501 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 511 Geodatabases
GEOG 521 General Spatial Analysis
GEOG 523 Advanced Applied Spatial Analysis
GEOG 524 Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
GEOG 525 Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Survey Analysis
GEOG 530 Programming Foundations
GEOG 531 Visual Programming for GIS
GEOG 581 Management Issues in GIS
GEOG 591 GIS Applications Project: Practicum
GEOG 593 Internet GIS
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  As ADGISA faculty are currently involved in a five-year project with the government of Ukraine, a successful applicant will be required to participate in this project by developing course content and mentoring instructors in Kiev, Ukraine. Knowledge of Ukrainian is not required.

VIU has proposed a Master's in GIS program. Should this proposal be approved by the BC Government, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the Master's in GIS Applications (MGISA) program by developing curriculum, delivering courses, and supervising student research.
  Candidates must demonstrate commitment to teaching, learning and student success through scholarship and institutional service. Successful candidates will participate in a wide range of activities outside the classroom, including student support; institutional, faculty and departmental committee meetings and other initiatives; and professional activities in keeping with their disciplines in and outside the institution.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. (or ABD) from an appropriately accredited institution and significant practical GIS experience. Candidates with a Master's degree in Geography, a related science, or a relevant discipline from an appropriately accredited institution, and an exceptional combination of skills and experience relevant to the duties of this position may be considered.

Strong practical experience with the ArcGIS software suite. Experience with online course management systems (e.g., Desire2Learn, Blackboard, Moodle). Demonstrated skills performing basic systems administration tasks (e.g., software installation, trouble-shooting with student laptops, network account creation and management, printer maintenance) in a Windows environment. Experience defining course curriculum and developing materials for new courses.
Ability to answer questions from online students during irregular hours (typically after regular working hours and during weekends).
Interviews to take place in September 2014.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with specialized areas of ArcGIS, such as:
-ArcGIS extensions
-Model Builder
-Python and ArcObjects programming
-ArcSDE and ArcGIS Server
-Programming with Web APIs

Experience with Remote Sensing applications, preferably PCI Geomatica. Experience using social media, such as Facebook, to maintain contact with graduated students and develop ties with new students. Knowledge of and contacts within the GIS community in BC. Much of the success of ADGISA and the anticipated MGISA requires the development of practicum and Master's research projects with external supervisors, and the ability to adapt course outcomes to the needs of employers.
Please Submit: CV/Resume
Cover Letter
Copies of relevant transcripts/credentials/qualifications identified on resume
Name and contact information for three people willing to provide a reference

Short-listed candidates must provide original transcripts, or applicable original certifications at time of interview.
Posting Period: June 02, 2014 - August 13, 2014
Note: Vancouver Island University regrets that only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Vancouver Island University embraces the principle of employment equity and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and people of Aboriginal descent.