Assistant Professor: Coastal Dynamics and Records of Sea-Level Change
About the University
Western Washington University is a public university with over 15,000 students. In 2018, the Chronicle of Higher Education named WWU as one of the "Great Colleges to Work For". WWU is one of 24 institutions in the US to receive funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Excellence Program, which supports and Advancing Excellence and Equity in Science program in the College of Science and Engineering.
About the Department
We invite applicants for a tenure-track position in Coastal Dynamics and Records of Sea-Level Change. This position, at the rank of assistant professor and starting on September 16, 2019, will be a joint appointment in the Geology Department and the new program in Marine and Coastal Sciences (MCS) at Western Washington University, and will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to help develop new curricular and research programs with participating faculty affiliated with the Shannon Point Marine Center, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Geology Departments at WWU.
We seek applicants whose research and teaching focuses on geological processes that interact with coastal dynamics and sea level change in the coastal ocean environment. The preferred candidate will be able to combine field-based quantitative analytical or modelling techniques to advance our knowledge and understanding of erosional, depositional and post-depositional processes in modern and ancient coastal environments, and how these processes respond to sea level changes due to climate and/or tectonic forcing. As one of the initial faculty hires into the MCS program, the successful applicant will also be expected to support collaborations within and between the MCS program and the Geology department.
The MCS Program, the Geology Department, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Huxley College of the Environment support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position
The preferred candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a vigorous teaching and research program that complements existing strengths in sedimentology, geomorphology, stable-isotope geochemistry, and geophysics in the Geology Department, and existing strengths in marine biology, marine ecology, estuarine science, energy studies, chemical oceanography, and toxicology in the other MCS-affiliated departments and institutes. We seek scholars who are seriously committed to teaching undergraduate courses in general oceanography and marine geology, upper-division courses in marine geology, and specialty courses spanning introductory to graduate-level in their field of expertise in the Geology Department. The teaching assignments for this position will be distributed evenly between courses offered in Geology and courses offered in MCS. This faculty member will also be expected to participate in service to the department, the program, and the college as well as student advising.
The MCS program brings together faculty, staff and students from three academic departments and affiliated programs housed in two colleges, in addition to a WWU-operated marine laboratory - the Shannon Point Marine Center. Each department associated with the MCS program places strong emphasis on performing innovative research including meaningful research opportunities for its students. Members of the departments are also active in the development of new educational materials and innovative teaching methods. The Shannon Point Marine Center supports student and faculty research and is an important facility for WWU's undergraduate and graduate programs in the marine sciences through classroom, laboratory and field resources.
Ph.D. in Geological/Earth Science, Oceanography, or closely related field by the time of appointment
Commitment to establishing a vigorous research program in coastal dynamics involving undergraduate students
Ability to establish an externally-supported research program
Potential for effective classroom teaching in introductory oceanography/marine geology, and upper division courses in both Geology and the Marine Science program
Ability and commitment to working effectively with a diverse student body, including cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
Post-doctoral research (or equivalent) experience in coastal dynamics
Research specialization that complements existing research programs in Geology and participating MCS units, and that includes interdisciplinary collaboration
Experience teaching undergraduate STEM courses
Experience using and developing student-centered teaching methods
Potential for mentoring students in graduate research as part of the Geology M.S. program
Commensurate with experience and qualifications
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All application materials must be uploaded as single pdf.
Applications must address the required and preferred qualifications for the position, and need to include (1) a detailed cover letter describing the applicant's experience, and addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy, methodology, and curricular interests, (3) a statement outlining proposed research plans, specifically addressing plans for student involvement in both departments, (4) a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has prepared you to support the success of a diverse student body, including cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with backgrounds or identities that are underrepresented in STEM fields, (5) unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate course work, and (6) a full curriculum vitae including the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.
Do not send letters of recommendation; they will be requested only for semi-finalists.
Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Dr. Bernard Housen, at email@example.com or (360) 650-6573.
Closing Date Notes
Application review begins January 11, 2019; position is open until filled
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