Trinity University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geosciences. The successful candidate must have a commitment to undergraduate teaching and will be expected to develop an active research program that involves undergraduates. The successful candidate will teach across the Geosciences curriculum, including introductory and core geosciences courses, as well as upper-level courses related to environmental geosciences. We seek research specialties that complement current expertise in the Geosciences department; examples include but are not limited to oceanographic and coastal processes, terrestrial geomorphic processes, critical zone research, environmental geophysics, and climate and/or environmental change research. Preference will be given to candidates who can also contribute to department and university core curricula (e.g., the First-Year Experience) and have experience with interdisciplinary instruction and/or global education. The use of GIS in research and teaching will be considered an asset.
BACKGROUND Trinity University is a secular, independent, private institution. Both the Department of Geosciences and the University value and safeguard academic freedom for faculty in their teaching and scholarship. Trinity is committed to engaging in practices that ensure a welcoming, inclusive campus and community of learning for all students, faculty, and staff.
Trinity is a primarily undergraduate institution that offers high-quality science, liberal arts, and pre-professional programs to approximately 2500 undergraduate students from the U.S. and many foreign countries. The attractive campus overlooks downtown San Antonio, a city rich in heritage and ethnic diversity. Additional information about Trinity and San Antonio can be found in this Resource Guide. The Geosciences Department, housed in the Center for Sciences and Innovation, has granted degrees for over 50 years and is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The candidate will:
* Teach a total of nine contact hours per semester (the equivalent of 6 courses per academic year) to support the curricular needs of the department and the Pathways general education curriculum; * Engage in research and scholarly activities that result in quality publications and other intellectual contributions; * Advise and mentor Trinity student majors as they pursue a degree in Geosciences; * Involve Trinity Geosciences students in the their research program; and * Engage in service to the department, the university, the profession, and the community.
The ideal candidate will have: * Evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate level; * Evidence of effective scholarship in a research specialty related to environmental geosciences; * Demonstrated commitment to the involvement of undergraduate students in the candidate's scholarship; and * Demonstrated commitment to Trinity's value of intentional inclusion.
APPOINTMENT DETAILS This position will be a 9-month appointment (9 or 12 month disbursement) starting August 2024, with a standard pre-tenure probationary period.
EDUCATION Required: An earned doctorate in Geosciences by August 1, 2024
ATTENDANCE Maintaining and satisfying minimum attendance requirements is an essential function of this position. All employees in this job classification are required to satisfy this requirement. This job classification may not include "light duty" work or allow unpredictable or unrestricted absences. On-site attendance required.
HOW TO APPLY When starting the application, select "Apply Manually." Only complete fields with a red asterisk, which are required. In the "Application Documents" field, upload the following, each as a separate pdf file (note: a maximum of five (5) files can be uploaded): * a single file containing a cover letter (1-2 pages, single-spaced), a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references; * a file with a statement of undergraduate teaching experience and philosophy; * a file with documentation of teaching effectiveness; * a file with description of research plans; and * a file with a 250-500 word diversity statement responding to the prompt, "Trinity University is committed to the value of intentional inclusion. Describe your past efforts as well as your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in your teaching and research."
CONTACT INFORMATION Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Benjamin Surpless [email@example.com], Search Committee Chair, Department of Geosciences.
Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting an application. If you have revisions needed to an application already submitted or need help submitting an application, please contact Human Resources at 210-999-7507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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