Assistant Professor - Geosciences - #000883

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Assistant Professor - Geosciences - #000883


Geosciences & Natural Resources

Position Summary:

The Geosciences Program at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2021. We seek a hydrologist, or closely 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, a course in soils and hydrology, 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, 2021. 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.

Carnegie statement:

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

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 requirements for their degree will be complete on/before August 1, 2021. Degrees must be from regionally accredited institutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates with teaching experience are preferred.

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Permanent Full-Time

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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 or contact search chair, Dr. Mark Lord ([email protected]).

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by January 31, 2021; the position will remain open until filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

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The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 12/11/2020
Application Due: 4/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time