Full-time Instructor of Geographic Information & Environmental Science, Non-Tenure Track

Faculty Boston, Massachusetts


The Environmental Science and Studies program within the Department of Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environment, and Physics (BiCEP) at Suffolk University is hiring a full-time Instructor with expertise in geographic information science (GIS). Qualified candidates will have experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and some demonstrated prior training or experience in GIS. Prior practical GIS experience is a plus.     

Regular teaching responsibilities include lecture and laboratory courses in introductory undergraduate GIS. In addition, the faculty member will teach introductory undergraduate lectures or labs in Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry and/or Physics. The standard teaching load is four lectures and/or labs per semester.  Full-time Non-tenure track faculty are also expected to engage in service activities including advising undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies and providing service to the department, college, and/or University.   

The successful candidate will contribute to Suffolk’s rich tradition of community-engaged teaching and experiential education that prepares our diverse, substantially first-generation college students—40% of whom are Pell-eligible—for careers and civic engagement. The successful candidate will have a commitment to inclusive pedagogy and curricular diversity, mentoring and advising students—especially first-generation college students—as well as conducting impactful research with undergraduates.      

Not sure this is you? Contact us to find out! Research indicates that women and members of under-represented groups tend not to apply to jobs when they think they do not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do. Suffolk University and our department are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive academic community. Familiarity with and experience using pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and ability groups to reach their maximum potential is a valuable qualification.    

 Diversity, equity, and inclusion are woven into Suffolk University’s very fabric.  We have been providing access and expanding opportunities for under-represented groups for more than a century. This mission is lived through our decisions at every level. U.S. News ranked Suffolk University among the top 100 universities in the country for social mobility.  Recently Suffolk was also listed 14th nationally in percentage of international students. Through student, faculty and staff recruitment and support, community engagement, curriculum development, and research, the University community works to advance equity for every student, every day.  Learn more about how we manifest the core values of our mission at Suffolk DEI.   

Application should be made through the Suffolk University Human Resources’ website.  A complete submission will include: cover letter (including teaching interests and research agenda); CV; statement of teaching philosophy; diversity statement; student course evaluations (if available); and contact information for three professional references. Finalists will be asked to provide educational transcripts and letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial interviews will be via Zoom followed by on-campus interviews.     

Candidates should hold a Masters or a PhD in a relevant field by the commencement of the 2024/2025 academic year. Appointment will begin July 1, 2024 and teaching and service responsibilities will commence with the start of the 2024/25 academic year.   

Inquiries about the position should be addressed to Dr. Melanie Berkmen, Chair of the Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environment & Physics Department, at [email protected].    


Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, the University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.