Job Detail

Organization: Oregon Institute of Technology
Title: Instructor of Geomatics
Location: Klamath Falls, OR

Posted: 2024-03-26
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Geomatics Department (Klamath Falls campus) is seeking applications for an academic full-time, renewable Geomatics faculty Instructor position. The Geomatics Department is part of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Management at Oregon Tech. This is the oldest BS Surveying program in the nation, with 71 years of continuous ABET (formerly ECPD) accreditation.

Position Summary:
The primary duty for this position is the instruction of our departmental Geomatics courses. Geomatics is a student-centric department. Faculty are responsible for teaching both their classes and any associated labs. This dynamic learning environment is one aspect that attracts students to our programs. The department maintains attractive labs with modern surveying equipment.

Candidates must possess a strong desire and the ability to teach courses from freshman through upper division. A strong background in several areas including plane surveying, construction surveying, route design, subdivision design, legal aspects of boundaries, and a working knowledge of geodesy, photogrammetry, remote sensing, UAS mapping, and map projections is required. Other skills such as experience in community service projects and contract work would also be desirable. The Geomatics Department has start-up funding to further the applied research interests of the successful candidate.

The BS GIS and BS Surveying options are now offered fully online as of fall 2023. The department’s national advertising has shown promising results. A state-wide Surveying Taskforce recently initiated efforts to recruit surveying students to address the critical shortage of land surveyors. Enrollment growth offers the potential for additional tenure-track faculty positions.

Departmental Information:
The Geomatics program has two options for students to specialize in: Surveying or Geographical Information Systems.

Students who choose the Surveying Option will:
Use computer systems and equipment to find and define property lines in the city of sunshine. Plan out subdivisions to make creative and effective designs. Map boundary limits and learn how to write deed descriptions relative to property boundaries and more. The land surveying option prepares students to pass the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) examination and pursue licensure as a registered Professional Land Surveyor (PLS).

Students who choose the GIS Option will: Map and geodatabase topology. Learn how to program functions and procedures into geographic information systems. Study the Earth’s shape and how to project 2D and 3D maps onto its surface and more. The GIS option will prepare students to become certified geographic information systems professionals.

All students learn the professional responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public, and become aware of global and cultural issues related to their discipline.

The location of the Klamath Falls campus provides great conditions to survey and analyze the Earth around us because of the approximate 300 days of sunshine year-round and includes unique arrangements of physical features and slope differences.

Qualification Requirements:
• Bachelor’s Degree in an applicable/relevant field; candidates with a BS must obtain a MS within 2-3 years of hire
• Oregon PLS licensure

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in an applicable/relevant field
• Experience teaching in Higher Education
• Three years’ relevant industrial experience

Special Instructions to Applicant:
Initial review of applications will begin on April 8, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted after the initial review date until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled. Therefore, at the discretion of the University, materials received after the initial review date may not receive full consideration.

To apply, visit:

Then, upload the following elements to your application:
Required Documents:
1. Cover Letter, a brief cover letter outlining qualifications specific to this position;
2. Curriculum Vitae;
3. Teaching Philosophy, a statement outlining your teaching philosophy and how you foster student success (2-page maximum);
4. Other Document, a statement on how you view/promote diversity;

Optional Documents
1. Statement of Research Interests

Oregon Tech’s Department of Geomatics is committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. As part of the required materials to submit: A statement of your views on diversity and how to incorporate diversity into education (upload in required document under “other documents” section).

AA/EEO Statement:
Oregon Tech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring, or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin, race, religion or creed, sex or gender, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other basis in law.
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