The Geosciences Program at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2020. We seek a hydrologist, or allied discipline, with a strong background in the geosciences and significant field experience. The specific area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to those candidates who complement departmental faculty strengths. Potential areas of interests include water quality, climatic change, land cover dynamics, and water resources.
The Geology program is in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, which is also home to major programs in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and Environmental Science. Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses, two soils and hydrology courses (one for natural science majors and one for construction management majors), and advanced courses in the candidate's area of specialization that serve majors in our program and department.
Campus laboratory and field facilities in support of this position are very good. The campus encompasses over 600 acres and includes a hydrologic research station, developed in partnership with the State (DEQ) and NSF support. The department is growing with a strong reputation in the environmental sciences, and a commitment to experiential learning, undergraduate research, and regional engagement. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching, develop a research program that includes some regional focus, provide research opportunities for students, and seek external funding to help support our mission.
The candidate should have a PhD in the geosciences; ABD candidates will be considered if they can demonstrate that all requirements for their degree will be complete by August 1, 2020. Degrees must be from an accredited institution. WCU is part of the University of North Carolina system and is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, the stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement in our classrooms and in our communities. The campus is located about 50 miles west of Asheville in the heart of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.
The candidate should have a PhD in Geosciences, at the time of hire; an ABD candidate will be considered if they can demonstrate that all reqirements for their degree will be complete on/before August 1, 2020. Degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.
Candidates with teaching experience are preferred.
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) complete contact information for 4 references. For more information, see gnr.wcu.edu or contact search chair, Dr. Mark Lord (email@example.com). To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 2, 2020; the position will remain open until 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.