Global Professor (China) (Multiple Positions)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 23, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Environmental Science-Ins

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Outside of US



Position Highlights:

University of Arizona’s (UA) Global Office and the Department of Environmental Science (ENVS) have entered into an agreement with Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) in Yangling, China to develop and offer a microcampus B.S. degree program in Environmental Science at NWAFU that began in September 2020.

This UA Global microcampus program will be delivered by six UA faculty “on the ground” at NWAFU in Yangling. At this time, we seek two new faculty members to join our growing team on the UA’s microcampus at NWAFU. Applicants for these two positions should have expertise in either (1) environmental biology and microbiology or (2) environmental chemistry and pollutant dynamics. The program includes 60 units of coursework taught by UA Faculty (in English), providing the core Environmental Science curriculum. The remaining ca. 105 units (prerequisites, general education classes, and elective courses) will be offered by NWAFU faculty. The program will lead to a joint UA-NWAFU degree, including a B.S. in Environmental Science from UA.

In addition to being a faculty member of the UA, the Global Professor will also be a faculty member of UA’s partner university, NWAFU. As such, the jobholder will be bound by the rules and regulations of both institutions and countries. In addition, the job holder must be able to qualify for, and obtain, a Chinese visa which will be sponsored by the partner university. Faculty at NWAFU, will teach students in the UA-NWAFU Environmental Sciences undergraduate dual degree program. The UA-NWAFU program allows students to earn their BS from both universities in four years, entirely in residence at NWAFU. NWAFU is ranked among the top 40 universities in China and is one of China’s top three agriculture universities. Application review will begin on July 8, 2021, and the position will remain open until filled. Projected hire date is August 2021, with adjustments depending on circumstances.

Outstanding UA benefitsinclude health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance anddisability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAUtuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state andoptional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; andmore!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

As one of the top universities in China, NWAFU is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms for teaching and research. It is located in Yangling, a beautiful town of 200,000 people, located 50 miles west of (and connected by high speed train to) the provincial capital city Xi’an, the oldest prefecture capital in China, and home to 12 million people.

Both Global Professors will join the Microcampus Director and Global Professor, Dr. Ken Smith, and will be based be based at the NWAFU Microcampus B.S. program in Environmental Science in Yangling, China. While the focus of these positions is on instruction, outstanding opportunities exist for developing research programs in collaboration with UA or NWAFU faculty.

  • Collaborate with UA and NWAFU faculty to develop a program that leverages existing strengths on both campuses.
  • Teach ca. 18 units of environmental science coursework to NWAFU-based undergraduate students per year.
  • Assist the UA Department of Environmental Science in hiring the remaining NWAFU-based team of microcampus faculty.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, engage and motivate students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Environmental Science or related field.
  • Prior experience in STEM instruction, particularly in environmental microbiology, or environmental chemistry.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the design, development, and teaching of quality courses at the college/university level.

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Tenure Information:

Non-Career-Track (NTE)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Questions or inquiries may be directed to:
Prof. Ken Smith
ENVS/NWAFU Microcampus Director
([email protected])
Search Committee Chair
Prof. Jon Chorover,
Head, Department of Environmental Science, University of Arizona
([email protected])
Search Committee Chair

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

  • The cover letter must include description of background, experience, and interest in position.
  • Stipend includes one round trip per year to U.S.
  • Housing is made available to faculty on the NWAFU campus.
  • Upload a file with contact information (name, email address, telephone number) of four (4) professional references under the "Additional File" tab.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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