Professor and Department Chair - Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Job Details

Job no: 514926
Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Envir Earth&Atmos.Sciences
Applications Open: Jul 14 2022
Applications Close: Open until filled

General Summary of Position:

The Department of Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Lowell invites applications for the position of professor and department chair. We invite candidates with strong academic leadership experience and a vision to support continued growth of the department and address our mission “to excel in education and research in Earth system science and human-environmental interactions.” The applicant must have an outstanding record of publications and funded research, demonstrated success of teaching, and interpersonal skills that will foster the development of department faculty and students and enhance the visibility of the department both internally and externally. The successful applicant is expected to develop and maintain an externally funded research program. Candidates whose expertise can contribute to the department’s strengths in environmental, Earth, and atmospheric science will be considered. Candidates with expertise in one of the following fields are particularly encouraged to apply: water/air/soil analysis and protection, coupled human-natural systems, environmental science and policy, and sustainability.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell:
Located about 25 miles northwest of Boston, Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a tier-1 research university with a national reputation in science, engineering, and technology. UMass Lowell is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world, and to conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental, and social health of the region. As a minority-serving institution, a major component of that initiative is to ensure that diversity and inclusion is in every aspect of our strategic plan. We seek a diverse and talented candidate pool to be part of our mission and achievements.

The Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences:
The Department of Environmental, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences has 10 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, one full-time teaching faculty member, and several adjunct instructors serving nearly 150 BS students and 30 MS and PhD students. It offers BS degrees in Environmental Science (traditional and Geoscience options) and Atmospheric Science/Meteorology and a new BA degree in Environmental Science – Sustainability option. At the graduate level, it offers a PhD program in Earth Systems Science and an MS in Environmental Studies with options in Atmospheric Science and Geoscience. The department has experienced substantial growth with several recent faculty hires and a 50% increase in undergraduate enrollments and over 75% increase in graduate enrollment over the last five years. The department takes a leadership role in the Climate Change Initiative and the Rist Institute for Sustainability and Energy. The Climate Change Initiative is a cross-disciplinary Research Center that brings together more than 35 faculty members from 18 academic departments committed to addressing climate change in their scholarly, instructional, and engagement work ( The Rist Institute is the University’s center for hands-on research in sustainability, climate change, and renewable energy ( Its goal is to create scalable blueprints for sustainability in communities throughout our region and across the world. More information about the Department can be found at

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Applicants must have demonstrated strong academic management and leadership skills and success in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • The applicant must have an outstanding record of publications and funded research which meets the requirements for appointment as a tenured Full Professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in environmental or natural science, geoscience, atmospheric science, sustainability, or a related discipline
  • Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applications received by October 1, 2022 will receive full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the ability to collaborate with the current faculty and colleagues in other departments and colleges at the university.

Thank you for considering the University of Massachusetts Lowell. We look forward to receiving your application.

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Publication List
  • Academic Leadership statement
  • Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Names and contact information for three references will be required at the time of application.


Working at University of Massachusetts Lowell

Located in the culturally and historically rich Merrimack.

Valley in northeast Massachusetts, the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a vibrant research university that offers its 13,000 students more than 120 bachelor’s, master’s, professional master’s and doctoral degree programs. Exciting opportunities in experiential and service learning, scholarship, community engagement, and international partnerships can be found across the Colleges of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Engineering; Management; Sciences; School of Health and Environment; and Graduate School of Education.

This is a time of unprecedented growth and opportunity at UMass Lowell. Student enrollment and retention have improved annually. Research funding and alumni giving have increased significantly and the campus has embarked on the construction of two new academic buildings: the Emerging Technologies & Innovation Center and the Health & Social Sciences Building.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Massachusetts Lowell is to enhance the intellectual, personal and cultural development of its students through excellent, affordable educational programs. The University seeks to meet the needs of the Commonwealth today and into the future and supports the development of sustainable technologies and communities through its teaching, research, scholarship and engagement.

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