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Faculty Specialist

Job Description

Position Number:



Faculty Specialist

Functional Title:

Faculty Specialist

Category Status:

15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con

Applicant Search Category:


University Authorized FTE:




Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Background Checks

Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check. Information reported by the background check will not automatically disqualify you from employment.

Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The University of Maryland (College Park) Department of Geographical Sciences is searching for a Faculty Specialist. This is a full time position responsible for coordinating international research collaborations including assisting in the logistical planning of scientific meetings, workshops, meetings and conferences, overseeing travel arrangements; maintaining the projects’ research profiles on departmental website; editing technical reports and papers; assisting in vital communication between co-researchers, sponsors, and collaborative organizations; assisting the project directors in administering the projects by collecting information on future funding opportunities, formulating and monitoring project budgets, assisting in proposal preparation, coordinate and supervise the arrangements for all foreign visitors and interns working on the various research projects, as well as various other tasks as required for the smooth functioning of large research projects. Details about Global Land Analysis and Discovery Laboratory can be found at http://www.glad.umd.edu.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should be highly organized, accurate, detail oriented and possess demonstrated ability to share knowledge through verbal and written communication skills. The candidate should be a proactive and creative problem solver with the ability to work independently and handle multiple tasks and shifting priorities while ensuring deadlines are met.


Preference will be given for candidates with a degree in a scientific discipline related to the project’s areas of concern. Appropriate experience working on research projects (2 or more years) is preferred. Prior experience should demonstrate the ability to assist in maintaining relationships with collaborators and to participate as a member of a diverse research team, the use of computer software applications for such tasks as web site maintenance, spreadsheet design and maintenance, and project planning and management.

Additional Information:

Applications should include a cover letter, a signed and dated resume, and the names and addresses (including e-mail) of 3-5 references.

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by August 26th, 2022, but the search will continue until the position is filled.

Posting Date:


Open Until Filled


Best Consideration Date


Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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