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Instructors (Part-Time), Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

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School / Campus / College: Continuum College

Organization: Continuum College

Title: Instructors (Part-Time), Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

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Position Description

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. 

UW Continuum College expands the reach of the University of Washington by delivering educational programs that meet the needs of learners at all phases of their lives. We’re focused on removing obstacles to relevant educational opportunities by addressing geographic, financial, length of commitment, and time constraints, increasing access to knowledge for more people. As a diverse community that values inclusivity and collaboration, we foster a respectful, supportive workplace where innovation comes to life. By looking ahead and experimenting with new approaches, we’re creating new educational opportunities to help people thrive in a world of change. 

UW Continuum College (UWC2) has outstanding opportunities for several part-time instructors for the Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Certificate in GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. Two sections of this program, online and in-person, are being offered in the 2022-23 academic year and the instructional team is being expanded. In-person classes are taught on the UW Campus. Instructors are needed for the following courses and during the quarters and sections indicated:  

  • GIS Data & Database Design autumn quarter, in-person 
  • GIS Project Planning & Implementation winter quarter, online and in-person 
  • GIS Modeling & Analysis winter quarter, in-person 
  • GIS in Practice in the Pacific Northwest spring quarter, online and in-person 
  • Advanced GIS Analysis & Applications spring quarter, in-person 

Instructors serve a key role in certificate programs, engaging with students, serving as subject matter experts, presenting learning content, and assessing whether learners have achieved course competencies. PCE students consistently say that the instructor is the single most important element of their course. 

Professional and Continuing Education Instructors... 

  • Teach to a set curriculum plan with clear learning outcomes and competencies - these will align across both sections (online/in-person) of the program and in collaboration with both sets of instructors 

  • Prepare a course syllabus in advance of the course start date (templates provided) 

  • Ensure that lesson plans and presentation materials for the full course are relevant and current 

  • Teach all class sessions at the scheduled time and in association with a second instructor for each course 

  • Respond to student inquiries and provide feedback on student assignments in a timely manner  

  • Coordinate with other instructors in the certificate program, to ensure curriculum continuity across courses 

  • Adapt instructional techniques based on feedback from students and the Program Manager, and implement sound pedagogical practices 

  • Complete instructor onboarding, relevant learning technology training, and other training as needed 

  • Observe FERPA, HIPAA, and other privacy laws and policies. 

  • Participate in 1-2 instructor meetings and information sessions per year 

The instructors for these GIS courses will provide 3 hours of teaching in-person per week, per course (course class time, Monday or Wednesday evening), plus preparation time, and provision of student assessment and feedback. Preparation time includes readiness to use UW online platforms and learning technologies as needed. An approximate average of 6 hours total per week is expected for preparation and teaching activities for each course. Additional time will be needed for student communications, team meetings and program staff consultations. 

PCE courses are generally 10 weeks in duration and align with the UW academic quarter calendar.  Information on the Professional and Continuing Education Certificate in GIS may be found at

UWC2 Extension Lecturers / Instructors are Academic Staff, not faculty. These are part-time, temporary positions. 


  • A Bachelor’s degree in earth science, geography, environmental, or social sciences 

  • Teaching experience 

  • Knowledge of field mapping with Esri products 

  • Must be well versed in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online 

  • Ability to troubleshoot coordinate system and projection issues with various GIS data formats 

  • Ability to supervise and train students on day-to-day software workflows 

  • Good IT skills including data organization and management, and troubleshooting capabilities 

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally, in writing and in presentations 


DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS (some are specific to individual courses) 

  • Prior teaching experience with adult learners, and some in an online environment 

  • Prior teaching experience in the field of GIS applications 

  • 5 years of experience using Esri products for managing GIS data and with vector and raster GIS analysis 

  • Experience designing and creating data bases for GIS analysis and map creation  

  • Knowledge of Relational Database Management Systems for use of storing data, editing data and accessing data for GIS applications and analysis 

  • Familiarity with editing GIS data in an Enterprise environment using versioning 

  • Experience with GIS analysis automation including ArcGIS Pro ModelBuilder and Python 

  • Experience applying standard IT project management practices to GIS projects 

  • Familiarity with the agile, waterfall and other software development lifecycles in the context of delivering GIS solutions 

  • Familiarity with using Computer Aided Design files in GIS software 


To apply to teach in any of these courses, please submit the following:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position and associated GIS course and section, and relevant experience
  • Resume or CV
  • Names and contact information of three references [optional]
  • A link to a professional webpage, Google scholar page (if applicable), and Github profile (if applicable). [optional]

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and review of applications will occur intermittently dependent on program needs. Applications received by August 12, 2022, will receive priority consideration. 

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