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Appointment: One-year visiting assistant professor in Geology/Earth and Environmental Sciences for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Teach five units for the year to include; 1) an introductory GIS course with labs that will serve students from all majors, 2) an upper-level spatial analysis course with labs (incorporating field mapping and GIS) for science majors, and 3) an upper-level Earth Surface Systems/Processes course with lab. Both of the upper-level courses would serve students from across the science and math disciplines. The University of Puget Sound Geology Department is in the process of transitioning to an Earth and Environmental Sciences Program, broadening the emphasis and audience of the program. This shift is in collaboration with the Environmental Policy and Decision-Making program, and the courses described above will serve students broadly interested in environmentally-relevant science. Enthusiasm for involving student in research is also expected, and the department is well-equipped to support such endeavors.
Qualifications: A doctoral degree (ABD considered) in Geology or related STEM field and a commitment to liberal arts education are required. Teaching experience in the course areas is preferred.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin June 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
Please submit curriculum vitae (CV) when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application before submission. Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.
Curriculum vitaeLetter of interestTeaching statementDiversity Statement (see prompt below)Contact information for 3 References. You will be prompted to enter the contact information for three (3) reference providers. The system will automatically email these reference providers to request a letter.
Note: In the online application system, please submit curriculum vitae when prompted to submit resume. Additional documents can be attached within the application.
Applicant's Diversity Statement:
As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant’s diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound’s current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at https://pugetsound.edu/about-puget-sound-0/mission-core-values/institutional-equity-diversity prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways applicant's can express their qualification:
- Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
- Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
- Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
- Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
- Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
- Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university’s DSP;
- Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one’s effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.
Compensation and Benefits:
Rank: Visiting Professor
Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit: https://pugetsound.edu/human-resources/benefits
About the Department: The Geology Department offers a sound educational experience centered on understanding how Earth systems work through traditional lectures, hands-on laboratory experiences, and field-based exercises. We currently offer B.S. degrees in Geology and Natural Science with an emphasis in Geology. As noted under Responsibilities above, we are transitioning from a traditional Geology major to Earth and Environmental Sciences Program, broadening the scope of the program to encompass more concrete relationships to current, critical environmental issues. For more information, see our web page at: https://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/geology.
About Puget Sound:
The mission of the University of Puget Sound is to develop in its students the capacities for critical analysis, aesthetic appreciation, sound judgment, and apt expression that will sustain a lifetime of intellectual curiosity, active inquiry, and reasoned independence. Puget Sound is a 2,600-student, residential, national undergraduate liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing students from virtually every state and several countries. 65% of students live on the 97 acre campus and the remainder typically live within a mile in the surrounding neighborhood. A low student-faculty ratio provides students with personal attention from faculty members who have a strong commitment to teaching. The university offers 1,200 courses in more than 50 areas of study, numerous experiential learning opportunities, 23 D-III varsity sports, and extensive co-curricular and leadership opportunities. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. In 2012, Puget Sound was named as one of 40 schools in Colleges that Change Lives.
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University Diversity Statement
- We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
- We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
- We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of all required background checks. All new hires will be required to submit proof of current COVID-19 vaccination (including booster) or receive an approved medical or religious exemption from the university.
The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.