Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology (structural, sedimentary geology, or mineralogy/petrology)

Charleston, SC
Feb 23, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Position Description


The College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences ( is accepting applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Geology. The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Geosciences with research and teaching interests in geology. The department is seeking a field-oriented geoscientist who is able to teach introductory geology courses (including Earth History), and one or more of the following core courses: Structural Geology, Mineralogy/Petrology, Sedimentary Geology. We seek an individual who can strengthen our core research activities while diversifying the research opportunities offered to our students. Areas of interest include (but not restricted to): petroleum geology, forensic geology, applied geophysics, quaternary geology (climate orientated), mineralogy, mining geology, and engineering geology. The teaching load is twelve (12) contact hours per semester and the successful visiting faculty member will be encouraged to remain active in his/her research area. They will have opportunities to advise or co-advise student research. This is a one-academic-year (Aug. 16, 2017 – May 15, 2018) position, and the successful candidate will be allowed to apply for the tenure-track Assistant Professor position should it be advertised. A Ph.D. is required by August 15, 2017.

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has over 120 undergraduate majors and offers many topical and interdisciplinary elective courses in the geosciences. The Department also provides some of the core and elective courses in the multidisciplinary Graduate Program in Environmental Studies and the M.Ed. in Science and Mathematics. Collaborations are available with well-established faculty research programs including: geochemistry, coastal processes, environmental geology, geospatial sciences, hydrology, marine geology, natural hazards, seismology, and tectonics. There is also a vibrant group of collaborative opportunities with organizations in the Charleston region.

Qualified applicants should submit 1) cover letter, 2) a complete curriculum vitae, 3) a statement describing their teaching experience and philosophy, 4) a description of their research background and research plans at the College and 5) contact information for three professional referees who will submit reference letters electronically through the online application system ( until 3/25/2017. Projected start for the successful applicant is Fall semester 2017. Any questions should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Vijay Vulava (

All offers of employment will be contingent on a successful background check. For additional information contact the Department Chair, Dr. Timothy Callahan (843-953-5589),


Position Type Visiting

School/Area School of Sciences and Mathematics

Department Geology

Special Instructions to Applicants

Posting Date 02/22/2017

Closing Date 03/25/2017

Open Until Filled? Yes

Posting Number F2016049P

EEO Statement


The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.


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  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research and Professional Development Statement

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