The Department of Geoscience and Natural Resources at Western Carolina University is seeking applications for a 9 – month tenure track Assistant Professor in the Environmental Science program to begin August 2018. Candidates across a broad range of specialties that add to the existing expertise to our department will be considered, but we are particularly interested in expertise in sustainability science as related to climate variability and change, natural resources, environmental sustainability, global environmental change, sustainable development, or drivers and consequences of land use change. The Department is home to programs in geology, natural resources, environmental science, and geography, which all share a commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and providing experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students related to their area of scholarship. Teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in introductory geospatial technologies and data analysis, the Environmental Science program, the general education curriculum, and potentially, upper level courses related to the candidate's area of expertise.
In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will develop an active undergraduate research program. Collaborative research with undergraduates is expected, and we strongly believe in close mentoring and teaching through research. Students normally present the results of their research at regional and national professional meetings, and occasionally publish the results of their research in journals. Department members will mentor the successful candidate through the process of developing a successful undergraduate research program.
Western Carolina University is a 10,000-student, primarily undergraduate, campus within the University of North Carolina system. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups. WCU is situated in the picturesque Cullowhee valley between the Great Smoky in the Blue Ridge mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville, NC. WCU and the surrounding area offer a wide range of excellent field and laboratory facilities, on and off campus.
The candidate should have a PhD in a relevant field at the time of hire; an ABD candidate will be considered.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted online and include 1) a resume/curriculum vitae; 2) a cover letter; 3) transcripts (unofficial acceptable); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy; 5) a statement of research interests that includes discussion of potential student involvement, and 6) contact information for 4 references. WCU strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities among its faculty and students. Candidates should describe ways their research and teaching activities would help to foster an environment of inclusivity. Please contact the search chair, Dr. Diane Styers (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have specific questions about the position or see gnr.wcu.edu for more general information. Application review will begin by March 30, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.