Professor and Department Head, Fall 2021

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Professor and Department Head, Fall 2021

Knoxville, Tennessee
Open Date:
Mar 23, 2021

The Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS) at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK) invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head. The position is at the tenured, full Professor level and preferably starts August 1, 2021.

Located in East Tennessee, close to Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, UTK is a Research I University and is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system. EPS is housed in a new state-of-the art building and is comprised of an active group of tenure-track and research faculty, lecturers, post-doctoral associates, support staff, and over 150 graduate and undergraduate students. Research interests within the department span a wide range of geoscience topics, with particular emphasis and strengths in Environmental Earth Science, Geology, and Planetary Geoscience.  The Department’s current 5-year strategic plan can be viewed under the “About EPS” tab on the department website:

The campus is located in one of the most beautiful areas of the country with easy access to miles of inland waterways, pristine state and national parks, diverse cultural opportunities, and a blend of convenient urban and rural living settings. Downtown Knoxville, adjacent to campus, is a thriving neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues, and is home to the Knoxville Symphony and Knoxville Opera, as well annual festivals like the Big Ears Music Festival, Jazz on the Square, and Shakespeare on the Square.


The requirements for this position are: (i) a Ph.D. in a relevant Earth Science discipline; (ii) a strong service record with demonstrated administrative experience and financial management skills; (iii) an established track record of obtaining external research funding; (iv) teaching and research experience in any area of Environmental Earth Science, Geology, and/or Planetary Geoscience. The successful candidate should be an inspiring, energetic, and well- organized leader who can interact effectively with all faculty, staff, and students within the department. The candidate should also have excellent interpersonal communication skills, high ethical standards, and be able to foster a collegial environment. They will be expected to build collaborative relationships with other programs and departments, advocate on behalf of the department with administrative units throughout the University, and to interact with external organizations. In addition, we seek a candidate able to demonstrate their commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are particularly interested in candidates who can increase the participation of underrepresented students and/or faculty within the department and who will contribute to the diversity and intercultural goals of the Knoxville campus. Salary and benefits are competitive and will be commensurate with experience.

Application Instructions:

Please submit (i) a cover letter, (ii) Curriculum Vitae, (iii) vision statement incorporating administration, teaching, research, and diversity approaches, and (iv) contact information for three academic references via Only electronic applications will be considered and acceptable file formats are .pdf or .docx.  We will start reviewing applications by May 1, 2021 until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Hanno H. Weitering ([email protected]).


Working at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee is one of the nation’s oldest and most storied public universities. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee’s flagship land-grant institution includes the statewide Institute of Agriculture and the Space Institute in Tullahoma. The university embodies excellence in teaching, discovery, scholarship, research, creative activity, outreach, and engagement. Known as the Volunteers, we lead with a spirit of selflessness, empathy, and courage, and strive to be champions for diversity, equity, and inclusion

UT Knoxville is a Research 1 university with 11 academic colleges and more than 900 programs of study. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, our academic programs are repeatedly ranked top in their class. The university co-manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the country’s most prominent national lab, driving innovation in advanced manufacturing and materials, national security, and more. We are closely connected with our communities through outreach and extension efforts across Tennessee and through partnerships with non-profits, corporations, and industries—regionally, nationally, and around the globe.

The city of Knoxville is nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The modern, thriving community is surrounded by gorgeous lakes and hundreds of miles of walking, hiking, and biking trails. Situated along the banks of the Tennessee River, our beautiful features an eclectic music scene, internationally recognized festivals, unique restaurants, and a robust offering of diverse cultural activities. Knoxville is located within a day’s drive of Atlanta, Nashville, Asheville, Charlotte, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Chicago, and Washington D.C.

Knoxville and the surrounding counties have a population of more than 850,000 people. The region houses many leading corporations and organizations, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Pilot/Flying J, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Regal Cinemas, along with HGTV, Food Network, and other networks owned by Discovery Inc.

As a member of the UT family, you will be surrounded by top-notch faculty, staff, and students from around the world. You will be part of a diverse campus community that is passionate about changing the world and cheering for the Vols on game day.

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