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Assistant/Associate Professor - Environmental Science - #192800Department:
Geosciences & Natural ResourcesPosition Summary:
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The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources (GNR) at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month, tenure track Assistant or Associate professor in the Environmental Science (ES) program. Anticipated begin work date is August 2022. The person selected for this position will serve as the ES Program Director and member of the WCU Environmental Science Program Council. The Program Director is responsible for program leadership, curriculum oversight, faculty recruitment and workload, and program planning and evaluation. Additional responsibilities of the position include: teaching undergraduate courses, advising and mentoring students, providing meaningful service to the university, profession, and community, and maintaining a well-defined scholarly/research agenda. Rank and time toward tenure will be negotiated at time of hiring based on experience.
The ES program is housed in the Department of GNR which is home to academic programs in geology, natural resources, environmental science, and geography. Faculty within the department share a commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in environmental planning, sustainability or climate change; additional areas will be considered and especially valued if they add new and relevant expertise to our department.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and providing interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students related to candidate’s area of scholarship. Teaching responsibilities will include an undergraduate introductory GIS course, courses in the Environmental Science program and the general education curriculum, and an upper-level course related to the candidate’s area of expertise. In addition to teaching, collaborative research with undergraduates is expected, as we strongly believe in close mentoring and teaching through research.
Western Carolina University is a 12,000-student, primarily undergraduate, campus within the University of North Carolina system. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and are university goals and expected faculty norms. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups. The county and surrounding areas provide residents a high quality of life with its proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and diverse outdoor adventures, a thriving arts community, and mild year-around temperatures. The university is placed within the picturesque Cullowhee valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains and is closely located near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, National Forests, and the Asheville metropolitan area. WCU and the surrounding area offer a wide range of excellent field and laboratory facilities, on and off campus.
GNR DEI Statement: The Geosciences and Natural Resources Department (GNR) is dedicated to the science and study of Earth and its environment. Our department is an intersection of the sciences – geology, biology, chemistry, physics, math, geography – just as diverse systems are more resilient, we as a department are better and stronger when we reflect a diverse set of ideas, perspectives, backgrounds, and culture. We welcome and encourage participation by all interested individuals regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or subculture. We strive to cultivate a community built on mentorship, encouragement, tolerance, and mutual respect, thereby engendering a welcoming environment for all. As Earth scientists, we believe in the need for interdisciplinary study, both in terms of disciplines and participants. Being a diverse and inclusive organization enables us to learn from others, grow our understanding, and find new ways to address, understand and implement solutions to complex problems. Science can only progress when ideas from all perspectives are included, thus we strive for inclusive teaching, scholarly, and service practices that include as many diverse perspectives as possible. We want the research experiences and education that students gain in the department to be relevant to students’ everyday lives and careers, which means we need to listen to what is relevant to each individual, not just the majority or status quo. Further, GNR promotes diversity in all areas of activity, including fostering diversity in students, faculty, leadership, committees, staff, outreach, community engagement, recruitment, and all other areas of societal activity.
Duties and Responsibilities:· 3/2 teaching load (one course reduction for program director responsibilities)· Support the vision and mission of the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, College of Arts and Sciences, and University.· Develop and deliver courses within the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Program.· Mentor and advise students with regard to academic progress and professional development.· Provide service to the university, profession, and community.· Maintain currency in the academic discipline through continuing education, research, and/or participation in activities within the profession, including involvement within professional organizations at the state, regional, and national levels.· Work cooperatively and collegially with all faculty and staff in the GNR department and across the institution.· Carry out other assignments and duties as assigned by the GNR Director and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
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:
o Doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences or related field from a regionally accredited institutiono Demonstrated university teaching experienceo Evidence of sustained scholarly activities and/or research agenda, as defined by the Boyer modelPreferred Qualifications:
o Administrative experience as a Program Director, Department Head/Chairo Three years of experience teaching in the discipline at the university levelo Demonstrated commitment to student engagement and successo Demonstrated success with student mentoringo Demonstrated strong written and verbal communication skillso Evidence of service to the profession and/or communityPosition Type:
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
12/07/2021Open Until Filled:
NoSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
Applications must be submitted online and include the following attachments:Background/E-Verify:
· Cover letter· CV· List of professional references (minimum 3)· One-page statement of teaching philosophy · One-page statement of research/scholarly agenda· Unofficial transcripts from highest earned degree· Copy of credentials and certifications (as applicable/optional attachment)
Please contact the search chair, Dr. Diane Styers ([email protected]) if you have specific questions about the position or see gnr.wcu.edu for more general information. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
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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.AA/EOE:
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