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The University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute in Los Angeles, California invites applicants for one or more full-time or part-time teaching-track faculty positions in the ranks of lecturer, assistant professor (teaching), associate professor (teaching), professor (teaching), assistant professor of the practice, associate professor of the practice and professor of the practice, for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Institute, housed in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, provides world-class training for scores of working professionals, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. Today, it offers a Ph.D. in Population, Health and Place, a Graduate Certificate in Spatial Analytics, an M.S. and three Graduate Certificates in Geographic Information Science and Technology, an M.S. in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, an M.S. in Spatial Data Science, an M.S. in Spatial Economics and Data Analysis, a B.S. in GeoDesign, a B.S. in Global Geodesign, a Minor in Spatial Studies, a Minor in Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence, and Minor in GIS and Sustainability Science and several General Education courses.

The successful candidate will have substantive expertise and demonstrated excellence in teaching in the Institute’s core areas of geographic information science and the accompanying geospatial technologies, and will be expected to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: principles of geodesign; community health scan; geospatial technology management for sustainability science; spatial computing; concepts for spatial thinking; spatial databases; spatial analysis; spatial econometrics; GIS programming and customization; remote sensing for GIS; web GIS; spatial data science; geospatial intelligence tradecraft; statistics for the spatial sciences; quantitative methods and statistics; and thesis research.

Review of candidates continues until the positions are filled. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of appointment. Please submit your curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and experience, a writing sample (chapter or article), samples of syllabi and teaching evaluations, and the names and contact information for three references that could speak to teaching abilities. In order to be considered for these positions, all candidates must apply via the "apply" link for the postings on the "Careers at USC" website:

We encourage prospective candidates to review our website prior to applying. For additional information, contact Dr. John P. Wilson at 213-740-1908 or

USC is an equal-opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for hiring ordinance.


The USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute seeks a Program Specialist to support the administration of its wide-ranging academic programs and research initiatives.

Working with the Institute Managing Director and reporting to its Academic Programs Director, this position will provide critical support in data management, marketing and communications, advancement, and event management. The major job responsibilities are to provide the administrative underpinning required to capture, analyze, and communicate the value and actionable impact of the Institute’s 17 residential and online academic undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs and the Institute faculty-student research in multi-disciplinary fields.

Examples of key responsibilities include coordinating the event logistics signature Institute annual events, such as the Institute’s one-day conference, Commencement, and a major conference reception; coordinating speaker series and other events which engage the Institute’s external community with its students; supporting internship and jobs placement of Institute students; and supporting longitudinal and other assessment of the Institute’s academic programs.

The successful candidate will be detail-oriented; will enjoy working with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students; is comfortable with multitasking and working with numerous concurrent projects; and will have strong verbal and written communication skills necessary to interact with various members across the USC community and with external partners and stakeholders. The ideal candidate will be intellectually curious and is someone excited by new opportunities. The Spatial Sciences Institute is a fast-paced, multi-faceted environment in which teamwork, communication, and collaboration are priorities.

Required Documents and Additional Information:

  • Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents.
  • Job openings are posted for a minimum of five calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested.
  • USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after six months of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education
Minimum Experience: 2 years
Minimum Field of Expertise: Directly related professional experience in program specialization, e.g., counseling or teaching.

All applicants must apply through the USC Careers portal: