Category Archives: Opportunities and Events

Call for Geodesign/Geospatial Research Faculty: An Amazing Career Opportunity at NAU

Given our department’s initial efforts with geodesign education and research, we are spreading the word about an amazing opportunity for an accomplished researcher who may wish to relocate to Flagstaff, Arizona. Northern Arizona University is asking for nominations for a “$500K Candidate” who might fit well with “existing faculty research programs and/or centers”. We are pleased that our provost and dean have highlighted the areas of geodesign and/or geospatial sciences/GIS as a highly promising area from which to recruit. Please see the full Call for Nominations pasted here below (I am formatting as best as possible). If you or someone you know might be interested in exploring this opportunity further, please contact me (, 928-523-5853) for the actual Word document and for further information about NAU and our department/college.

Developing Research Capacity at Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University has been directed by the Arizona Board of Regents to increase research expenditures by 2020 to $43.6 million.  This expectation is intensified by the need for NAU to maintain its “High Research” Carnegie designation, which allows us to work with our sister universities in Arizona on relatively equal footing and which provides strong arguments for keeping research at the forefront of our strategic goals.

Last year, NAU successfully pursued candidates with a strong record of high research productivity. After reviewing our process from last year, President Cheng has approved a second recruiting process to bring additional senior researchers to NAU. Through this process, NAU is seeking research faculty who (a) consistently generate at least $500,000 annually in research expenditures, (b) can transfer their external funding to NAU if hired, and (c) can demonstrate the potential to continue external funding sufficient to generate at least $500,000 in annual research expenditures. The hiring package for successful candidates will include:

  1. Start-up funds ranging from $600,000 to $800,000, depending on the candidate and his/her prior record.
  2. Competitive salary based on prior salary and research record.
  3. Research lab space as needed from among existing space. The home unit is expected to contribute space.
  4. Funds to move labs and people (primarily post-docs, mostly self-supporting research faculty, and equipment).
  5. Expectation that a successful hire will come with tenure.

If a “$500K researcher” requires a major package (perhaps $800K to $1 million), we expect that this candidate will return a higher than minimum ongoing level of research funding. The successful candidate will also be ready to build NAU’s research capacity, increase current NAU faculty productivity, expand academic and research programmatic capabilities, bring a strong research network, allow for new large grant opportunities, and promote major interdisciplinary funding possibilities.

Areas of recruitment:

All departments, programs, and centers are eligible to nominate a “$500K” candidate. Preference will go to candidates who will fit in well with existing faculty research programs and/or centers and who address NAU strategic research priorities. Included in these priorities are departments/programs/ associated with PhD programs or which are planning to build future PhD programs.


  1. Faculty will identify, contact and nominate interested candidates.
  2. Initial review will be done by a small planning group consisting of senior administrative and academic personnel. Planning group will forward reviews of promising candidates to the President for permission to recruit.
  3. If President approves, the nominating Faculty and VPR will contact candidate and initiate discussion of interest and possible recruiting package needs. We will then offer to bring candidate to NAU for first-round recruiting. (We see candidate; candidate sees us.)
  4. If candidate is a good match with NAU, negotiate a package. Engage up to 3 or 4 candidates to the negotiations stage.

All contacts at the early stages will go through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Nominations/questions should be addressed to

These hires are based on a special initiative approved by the President. Northern Arizona University strongly encourages the recruiting of women and minorities who meet the minimums set forth above. We also expect that initial interest inquiries and follow up recruiting conversations will conform with AA/EO expectations about appropriate types of questions to ask and personal topics that might be discussed.


Call for Papers: Special Issue on Geodesign

A special issue of Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND) will focus on Geodesign: Changing the World, Changing Design. Guest editors are Frederick R. Steiner and Allan W. Shearer, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin. For those who have not seen the Call by email, we are pasting the text here, originally provided by Frederick Steiner:

The purpose of the special issue of Landscape and Urban Planning (LAND) is to provide a basis for common understanding of what Geodesign is by asking what Geodesign does. We seek papers that examine how questions of environmental change have been posed in Geodesign and that demonstrate how the answers allow for, or demand, new models of design practice and education.

We welcome such investigations in the forms of review articles, research articles, case studies, and discussions about research needs and pedagogy. We anticipate submissions that draw upon the disciplines of geography, computer science, and the environmental sciences, as well as landscape architecture, community and regional planning, and architecture.

Abstract and manuscript submission

An abstract of 800 words or less, specifying title, author(s), affiliation and e-mail address, should be sent to Dr. Allan W. Shearer ( by 15 February 2014. Abstracts will be shortlisted by the editorial panel against the criteria of originality, methodological quality, and relevance. Authors of abstracts demonstrating clear scholarly merits will be invited to submit a full manuscript.

Invited manuscripts should be between 4,000–8,000 words and submitted through the LAND website by 15 June 2014. All papers submitted for this Special Issue will undergo the usual LAND peer review process. Details on article type and format are available from the LAND journal website at:


DLA 2012 Conference: GeoDesign, 3-D Modeling, and Visualization

This is to get the word out about an upcoming conference on GeoDesign, from May 31 – June 2, 2012 in Bernburg and Dessau, Germany. Matt Artz provides a detailed post about the event (Click here) for more information. Wow, Germany and GeoDesign in June. Very tempting! – twp

Call for GeoDesign Case Studies

By Shannon McElvaney, ESRI (posted by Tom Paradis)

Esri is actively seeking GeoDesign case studies for possible publication. The objective is to demonstrate GeoDesign principles in practice as a way to communicate these concepts to folks who are interested in learning more about GeoDesign. The cases need to be actual cases, not theoretical demonstrations. Cases may qualify for use in a GeoDesign Case Study book (currently being written), or they may be used as GeoDesign stories for ArcNews.

The stipulation is that the GeoDesign case studies involve some aspect of:

  • ArcGIS technology
  • design in geographic space
  • identification of issues
  • process evaluation and analysis
  • impact simulations
  • fast iteration
  • alternative scenario generation and comparison
  • decision making

Additionally, the case study could involve but are not restricted to demonstrating:

  • Sketching
  • Workflow integration
  • Collaboration
  • 3D and 4D visualization
  • Holism and interdependency
  • Science- and value-based decision making

All materials (e.g., written contributions, images, photos, maps, models, data) must allow permission for use in publication.

If you are interested in sharing your GeoDesign solutions or have questions, please contact Shannon McElvaney at