December 8, 2017

We begin this week with news from a current major in the department, Ann Lockard, who was interviewed by the host of Inside Appalachia– a radio show that tells the rich cultural history of Appalachia and its people. Ann reports that "the questions revolved around homesickness for Appalachia and why WV is “different” than other places." Ann used her background in geography, specifically the concept of place, to explain the unique gravitational pull of the region. The interview will air on December 15th on West Virginia Public Radio and it will be archived as a podcast on the Inside Appalachia website.

Academic Opportunities

1) A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available at the Department of Geography, the University of Hawaiʻi – Mānoa from August 2018. The Ph.D. assistant will play a leading role in the research about applying web-GIS and crowdsourced geospatial data to prompt sustainable agriculture and carbon sequestration. Additionally, the GA can participate in wide range of research projects including in spatio-temporal data modeling, hazard vulnerability and resilience assessment, and coupled natural and human system modeling. The funding for the position will be available for a period of four years. The candidate will need to be admitted to the department’s graduate program to be qualified for consideration. The contract will be renewable annually based on the satisfactory performance.

Prospective students should have experience in geospatial analysis, GIS modeling, and background knowledge in environmental sciences. Preference will be given to applicants with experience of web-GIS development and geodatabase management. Good written/oral communication skills, self-motivation and ability of conducting independent and collaborative research are desired.

To apply, please go to the website:

Application deadline is January 15, 2018. If you have any questions about this particular position, please contact Dr. Yi Qiang at

Job Opportunities

Here are the most recent job opportunities for our recent and soon to be graduates:

GIS Specialist, The Energy Cooperative, Newark, OH

GIS Analyst, Radiance Technologies, Dayton, OH

GIS Technician, Randstad Engineering, Akron, OH

GIS Technician, Rangam Consultants, Inc. Greensburg, PA

Field Map Q/A Specialist, Uber, Pittsburgh, PA

Cartographic Analyst, Clear Resolution Consulting, LLC, Springfield, VA

Cartographer, CLI Solutions, Springfield, VA

Demographer/Planner, Chesterfield County, Chesterfield, VA

GIS Analyst, ManTech, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

Should you have any questions about any of these opportunities, do not hesitate to get in contact.


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