Assistant Professor, Water Resources/Environmental Engineering

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Assistant Professor--Search #67805
Department of Civil Engineering and Construction
Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing

The Department of Civil Engineering and Construction (CEC) in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Professor in the area of Water Resources/Environmental Engineering. The home campus for this position will be the Statesboro campus.

Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through nine colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities.

Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in 2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible stewards of their communities.

Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support, promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the CEC department offers bachelor of science degrees in Civil Engineering (BSCE), Construction Engineering (BSConE), and Construction (BSCons). The BSCE program is accredited by ABET and the BSCons program is accredited by ACCE; the new BSConE program will seek initial ABET accreditation in 2021 after producing its first graduates. The department also offers a Master of Science in Civil Engineering. Delivery of the curriculum for each program emphasizes hands-on and experiential learning where students develop practical skills valued by employers. State-of-the art equipment/instrument and advanced software are employed in both classroom and laboratory/field settings to prepare students to be productive technical professionals when they graduate.

Position Description. The CEC department at Georgia Southern University seeks candidates for a tenure- track faculty position in water resources/environmental engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor. While candidates with research interests from all areas of water resources/environmental engineering will be considered, priority will be given to the following areas: hydraulics and hydrology, groundwater remediation, modeling of water and environmental systems, environmental biotechnology and bioprocess engineering, sustainable water reuse/reclamation, and emerging contaminants in urban and natural environmental systems.

Reporting to the department chair, the Assistant Professor will engage in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research responsibilities, and service as needed in the CEC department. The successful candidate will: 1) develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; 2) engage in academic mentoring for graduate and undergraduate students; 3) establish and sustain an externally funded research program complementing current research efforts of the CEC department; 4) generate a scholarly publication record; (5) assist in program assessment and execution of the department's continuous improvement plan; (6) participate in technical committees and professional activities and organizations; and (7) exhibit a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Candidates should communicate well, collaborate effectively, and contribute to the mission of the department. The position is a 9-month, tenure- track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned bachelor and Ph.D. degrees in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or a closely
    related field by July 1, 2021.
  • Effective communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
  • Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and
    curriculum design and development.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance
    from the institution.

    Preferred Qualifications:
  • Previous teaching experience at a higher education institution.
  • Instructional expertise that complements existing faculty in the department.
  • Research agenda that complements existing research efforts in the department and college.
  • A record of publication in leading technical journals.
  • Ability to collaborate in multi-disciplinary research.
  • A professional engineering license or the ability to become licensed.
  • Professional experience (e.g., academic, postdoctoral, industry) in a related field.

    Screening of applications begins December 1, 2020 and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2021. To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; a brief teaching statement including teaching philosophy, a list of courses the candidate is qualified to teach and develop, and any evidence of teaching effectiveness; a brief research statement including an outline of research goals and plans; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. In addition, applicants are required to submit an Inclusive Excellence statement (2 pages). In the Inclusive Excellence statement, applicants should reflect on their experience, vision, and commitment regarding teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds and discuss past, current, and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

    Dr. Francisco Cubas, Search Chair, Search #67805
    Department of Civil Engineering and Construction
    Georgia Southern University
    Electronic mail: [email protected]
    Telephone: 912-478-2822

    More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 10/28/2020
    Application Due: 12/28/2020
    Work Type: Full Time