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Free Summer Data Workshop: Place in Early Care and Education

Place in Early Care and Education: Using Geographic Information in NSECE Analyses June 21-23, Bethesda, MD

The National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE) provides a national picture of families’ non parental care utilization, as well as characteristics of both home-based and center-based providers for children birth to age 13. The NSECE helps deepen our understanding of the extent to which families’ needs and preferences coordinate with providers’ offerings and constraints. The study and this workshop are funded by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Place in Early Care and Education” workshop–held June 21-23, 2016, in Bethesda, MD– will provide data users detailed training on various geographic data available for the NSECE and statistical issues associated with using them. Topics will include use of GIS data collected in the Household Survey, community characteristics merged in from the American Community Survey, reporting state-specific estimates, linking households and providers through the NSECE provider cluster, incorporating other data using geographic identifiers and managing disclosure risk in place-based analyses.

NSECE public-use data files are available for secondary analysis through Research Connections ( Researchers will not be required to secure restricted use access to participate in the workshop, but many of the topics discussed can only be implemented using restricted use data. Participants will be expected to be familiar with the NSECE prior to attending the workshop.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Participants must have experience with statistical programming using complex survey data. All applications should include: 1) a resume or curriculum vita, 2) a cover letter describing prior early care and education research experience, knowledge of statistical programming, and experience analyzing large, complex survey data, and 3) a brief description (less than 2 pages) of a possible research question(s) to be explored using the NSECE. Please include at least one original weighted tabulation of NSECE data in your submission.

There is no cost to participate in the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and food expenses. Applicants will be selected for participation on a rolling basis starting May 1. Submit applications or contact us with any questions at:

Survey Research Methods: Call for Papers

Special Issue: Uses of Geographic Information Systems Tools in Survey Data Collection & Analysis
Guest Editor: Stephanie Eckman, RTI International

The application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related tools such as remote sensing to survey data collection and analysis has dramatically increased in recent years. Traditionally, GIS tools have been applied primarily in the frame construction, sampling, and data collection phases of survey research. More recently, researchers have begun to use records of interviewer travel to detect falsification and to study how to make data collection more efficient. The techniques of geostatistics and geospatial models can provide new methods for studying and reducing non-response and measurement error. We also see surveys merging in additional variables via GIS tools, for example, data on air pollution, access to grocery stores and parks, and others can be merged in once we know respondents’ locations. However, the use of location data in surveys also raises new issues of respondents’ and interviewers’ privacy. As these technologies become less expensive and easier to use, and geographic data becomes more widely available on the web, we expect survey researchers to find even more uses for these tools. While we embrace these tools, however, we should also maintain a healthy skepticism about their capabilities and limitations.

We encourage papers on all these topics, as well as related issues. Articles due by June 1, 2016. To submit, go to the SRM website ( and upload the article as a PDF, just like a standard SRM article–be sure to mention the special issue in the field for “Author comments”.

Southeastern Geographer Call for Papers

The Southeastern Geographer, one of the premier regional geography journals in the United States, invites contributions from members of the AAG. The journal has published the academic work of geographers and other social and physical scientists since 1961. A substantive focus of the journal is to publish geographic research that engages with conditions and events in “the south”, broadly construed, as they relate to conditions and events that extend over broader geographical reaches.  The journal serves as a forum for exploring the physical, social, cultural, economic, and political diversity and broad climate and ecosystem variability that links “the south” to processes, flows, and conditions that extend across the country, continent and globe. We would like to encourage colleagues working in the general area of “GIS research” to consider submitting manuscripts to Southeastern Geographer

The journal also publishes approximately one special issue per year, and welcomes proposals for thematically or conceptually coherent special issues.  For author guidelines, visit See also the Southeastern Geographer’s profile in Project MUSE: Follow us on Twitter as well @SEGeographer

Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS)

The Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) starting in August 2016. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in GIS, Geography or related fields at time of appointment. Areas of specialization may include, but are not limited to: spatial data mining, geospatial big data analytics, mobile mapping, cloud computing, geospatial cyber-infrastructure, social media, or related areas. The successful candidate is expected to show a strong potential for establishing a sustained, externally funded research program, teach undergraduate and graduate level GIS courses, and supervise M.S. and Ph.D. students. [More details …]

To be considered for this position, an official FAU application must be completed online.The application should include 1) a cover letter summarizing interest and qualifications, 2) separate, detailed statements of research and teaching profiles, 3) a curriculum vitae, 4) a list of three professional references, and 5) scanned full academic transcripts. Questions regarding this position may be addressed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Charles Roberts ( Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.

CFP: International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH)

The 17th International Symposium on Spatial Data Handling (SDH)
Aug.18-20, 2016  Beijing, China;

You are cordially invited to submit paper or abstract at All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Full papers of the accepted papers are required. Some selected papers will be included in the proceeding published by Springer. You are also welcome to organize special sessions. Please download the application form at, and submit to

Important Dates:
Abstract and session proposal due: Feb.1, 2016
Abstract and Session proposal acceptance notice: Mar. 16, 2016
Full paper due: April 30, 2016
Full paper acceptance notice: July 1, 2016

Assistant Professor in Health/Medical/Population Geography

The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in health/medical/population geography beginning in August, 2016. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in GIS and data science who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instructions using quantitative approaches.

Applicants must have expertise in GIS, spatial analysis and geovisualization and accomplishments in one or more of the following research areas: medical geography, epidemiology, health disparities, environmental impacts on health, public health, spatial accessibility to health services, and/or geodemographics. The successful applicant will demonstrate evidence for potential to produce externally funded research, to publish in prominent outlets, and to conduct interdisciplinary research. The position offers opportunities for collaboration with Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, with the local branch of the EPA, and with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Applications must be submitted online by visiting here. In addition to the online application candidates must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2015 but the position will remain open until it is filled.


Assistant Professor in Sustainability and Geographic Information Science

Temple University, Philadelphia PA. Temple University’s Department of Geography and Urban Studies (GUS) invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor beginning in academic year 2016-17. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instruction in an interdisciplinary department. GUS ( offers two interdisciplinary undergraduate majors in Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies. GUS also offers three graduate programs – a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Geography and Urban Studies and a Professional Science Masters in Geographic Information Systems.

The successful candidate must have strong research and teaching capabilities in the application of spatial modeling to human-environmental processes. Topical foci that are most desirable include spatial landscape ecology, land change monitoring and modeling, urbanization, human mobility patterns, hazards or disease distribution. The ability to complement one or more of the department’s core research areas in sustainability, social justice, globalization and geographic methods is desirable. The candidate should have complementary expertise in remote sensing, and in one or more of the following: geocomputational modeling, spatial statistics, and advanced techniques in GIS. It is desirable that these methods are applied to addressing the contemporary challenges of global environmental change or urban and environmental sustainability. The successful applicant will demonstrate a strong potential for funded research and the ability to collaborate with colleagues across campus in a broad array of disciplines as well as with the newly implemented SAL@T, Spatial Analysis Laboratory at Temple, which is a university-wide core-facility in health geographics situated in and managed by the Department of Geography and Urban Studies.

Please send a letter that addresses teaching and research interests, a copy of your most recent curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to Tycina Cousin, Administrative Coordinator, Department of Geography and Urban Studies, 308 Gladfelter Hall, Temple University (025-27), Philadelphia, PA 19122. Electronic applications are required and should be sent to:<>. Review of applications will begin September 7, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and the University especially encourages applications from women and minorities.

Visiting Instructor position in GIScience

FLORIDA, TAMPA. The School of Geosciences at the University of South Florida invites applications for a nine-month Visiting Instructor position in GIScience. The appointment would begin early August, 2015. Responsibilities will include teaching both general and applied GIS courses at the senior undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses in our Graduate GIS Certificate Program, as well as possibly lower-level general geography courses such as World Regional Geography and Human or Environmental Geography. Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in Geography or a related discipline by the time of appointment, and evidence of the necessary academic background and skills to teach GIScience at the stated levels. Preferred qualifications include primary instructor experience with college-level GIScience courses, and teaching interests in lower-level undergraduate Human, Environmental, and Regional Geography courses. Details of the position, the application materials required and application procedure can be found at According to Florida Law, applications and meetings regarding them are open to the public.  For ADA accommodations, please contact Mandy Stuck, (813) 974-2236 at least five working days prior to need.  USF is an AA/EA/EO institution.

Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics

The Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London is looking to appoint a Lecturer in GIS and Big Data Analytics (at the grade of either Lecture A or B). The lecturer position is a permanent appointment subject to successful completion of probation (equivalent of a tenure-track position in the US).

Salary: Grade 7 (Lecturer A) which is £35,343 rising to £40,460 per annum inclusive of £3,066 London Allowance per annum or Grade 8 (Lecturer B) which is £41,577 rising to £49,020 per annum inclusive of £3,066 London Allowance per annum. The appointed lecturer will be expected to contribute to teaching and researching in the streams of GIS and big data analytics. He/she will join one of the department’s research clusters, Social and Spatial Inequalities or Environment and Sustainability and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and academic administrative roles.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight (British Summer Time) on Thursday 25 June 2015. Further details can be found at:

Lecturer in Quantitative Geography

College of Science and Engineering, Department of Geography, University of Leicester, UK
Salary Grade 8 – £37,394 to £45,954 per annum, Permanent contract

At Leicester we’re going places. Ranked in the top 20 universities in Britain our aim is to climb further. A commitment to high quality research and teaching fused with an inclusive academic culture is our hallmark and led the Times Higher Education to describe us as “elite without being elitist”. The Department of Geography is seeking to appoint a future research leader in Quantitative Human Geography. The successful candidate will contribute to Human Geography research in one of the following areas of expertise in the department: population/migration geography, urban geography, development geography and/or environmental geography. They will have particular skills in statistics, GIS, data visualization, geocomputation, big data, geolocation, and/or the interface between quantitative and qualitative methods. An interest in creative and critical quantitative methods would be value added.

For more information, see SEN00605 Job Description.