Faculty - Assistant Professor - Earth Science

Oct 06, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Faculty - Assistant Professor - Earth Science

Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)

OREM, UTAH. The Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University (UVU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in geology, to begin August 2018. We seek a talented and committed educator with expertise in sedimentary petrology, near-surface geophysics, or geophysics applied to engineering geology. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Responsibilities will include teaching introductory level geoscience courses, supervision of undergraduate research, possible development of new upper division course(s) in the successful applicant's area of expertise, and service to the institution. Excellent teaching skills and a strong commitment to effective teaching and undergraduate research are necessary.

UVU, located in Orem, Utah, is a fast-growing comprehensive state institution of higher education with over 36,000 students and strong support for engaged learning. The university sits at the western front of the Wasatch Mountains, with superb opportunities for field-based teaching and research. The Department of Earth Science has a 13-member faculty with a strong record of mentoring undergraduate research and offers B.S. programs in Geology, Environmental Science & Management, and Earth Science Education. It has excellent facilities, including a GEODE seismograph, XRF, ICP-OES, SEM (EDX and CL - capable), petrographic teaching microscopes, electrical resistivity and magnetometer instruments, as well as a range of other geochemical, remote sensing, surveying, and computing resources. The department also has strong ties to the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, local industry and governmental organizations.

UVU is located in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area, which has a population of over 500,000 and excellent access to numerous outdoor recreational activities such as snow sports, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. Salt Lake City is 45 minutes north by high-speed commuter rail and has a major airport and a vibrant cultural scene including highly acclaimed ballet, outdoor concert series, professional sports and more (see www.slcgov.com/arts and www.visitsaltlake.com). In addition, Utah boasts world famous National Parks and Monuments. For more information, please see http://www.uvu.edu/earthscience/ or contact Michael Bunds at michael.bunds@uvu.edu.

To apply, please visit http://www.uvu.jobs/postings/25877 . Applications will be evaluated beginning 1/5/18.

Utah Valley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled/Equal Access Employer. Utah Valley University is committed to an inclusive hiring process and the welcoming of diverse candidates.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in geology, geophysics, or closely related field at the time of hire. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university.
ABD applicants may be considered but Ph.D. degree must be completed by June 30, 2018.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
*Advanced knowledge of subject matter and course content of the courses to be taught which may include courses emphasizing both theory and practice.

  • Advanced knowledge in the field of sedimentary petrology and/or geophysics.
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques in upper and lower division courses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program and curriculum development and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in current trends in education, engaged learning and service learning, learning technologies (e.g. digital technologies for classroom management and distance education), public presentation, outcomes measurement and grant writing.
  • Skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Skills in time management and organization.
  • Skills in problem-solving.
  • Skills in student management, motivation, and evaluation.
  • Skills in instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Skills in operating equipment and software commonly used in data collection and processing in field of expertise.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, agency administrators, and community practitioners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and initiative in solving problems.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to produce scholarly work in field of expertise.
  • Ability to maintain currency on subject matter.
  • Ability to serve on committees and perform service activities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidate will have the expertise to maintain and develop curriculum and student research in petrology.
Demonstrable excellence in teaching preferred.

Physical Requirements:
Occasional climbing, bending or stooping, twisting, kneeling, reaching, standing, sitting, walking is required. Lifting of 10-25 lbs, grasping, fine hand manipulation is required. Talking, hearing, seeing, vision ability continuously or frequently necessary.

Benefits Summary:
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC13017
Open Date: 10/05/2017
Review Start Date: 01/05/2018
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please upload a statement of research as “Other Document 1.” Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

To apply, visit: https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/3579

Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’s qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.