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Assistant Professor - Earth Surface Processes

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Title:

270-NN - Assistant Professor

Business Title:

Assistant Professor - Earth Surface Processes

Additional Titles:

Location:

WSU PULLMAN CAMPUS

Employee Type:

Faculty

Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

Position Summary:

The School of the Environment at Washington State University invites applications for a permanent, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Pullman, WA, with a specialty in Earth surface processes. We seek applicants who utilize the sedimentary record to investigate the influences of surface processes on Earth’s dynamic systems, at time scales ranging from the deep past to the present. Preferred research areas include (but are not limited to) the evolution of sedimentary basins, as applied to tectonics or life-environment-climate interactions across critical transitions in Earth’s history. We are particularly interested in candidates who can integrate field-based investigations with innovative geochemical, geochronological, or other analytical techniques. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin the appointment on August 16, 2023.

Summary of Duties:

The hired individual will be expected to: (i) teach undergraduate and graduate courses in topics related to sedimentary processes and deposits, and play an important role in recruiting undergraduate Earth science majors; (ii) publish research in high-impact, peer-reviewed outlets; (iii) develop an externally-funded research program; (iv) recruit and mentor diverse M.S. and Ph.D. students and undergraduate research assistants; (v) work collaboratively, respectfully, and productively with other faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds; and (vi) serve university, professional, and/or public organizations from an ethical and evidence-based position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned doctorate emphasizing sedimentary processes (or related discipline) at the time of hire.

  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to successfully teach and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the field of sedimentary processes.

  • Record of research accomplishment, demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications.

  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to establish an externally funded research program.

  • Demonstrated ability and/or potential to support, mentor, and educate individuals identifying with historically underserved or minoritized groups and contribute to WSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service (www.wsu.edu/drive-to-25/diversity-recruitment-plans).

Salary/Benefits:

Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see http://hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits/.

To Apply: Visit wsu.edu/jobs, select your appropriate employment status, and search for R-7182. Please upload the following documents:

  • Cover Letter (1 page maximum). Describe how your experience and training meet the five required qualifications listed above.

  • Curriculum Vita

  • Research Statement (2 pages maximum). Describe your research experience and your proposed research program at WSU. Address how your work advances understanding of sedimentary processes.

  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement (2 pages maximum). Describe your teaching experience, innovations and, if available, past assessments or evidence of teaching effectiveness. Address how you would approach teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth Science topics. Please also discuss your experience with and methods of mentoring research advisees.

  • Statement addressing your past activities (as well as your future plans) to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and service (1 page maximum). Please provide examples from your own experience, which might include activities such as research, mentoring, teaching, committee service, or other professional activities.

  • List of three professional references who can provide independent evaluations of your research, teaching, service, and other professional activities: please include names, addresses, e-mails and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Sean Long, Search Committee Chair, 509-335-8868, sean.p.long@wsu.edu.

About WSU, Pullman, CAS, and School of the Environment:

Washington State University, a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution. This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see https://pullmanchamber.com.

Encompassing more than 30 departments, schools, and research institutes on five campuses statewide, the College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of WSU. Together our 730+ faculty and staff deliver more than 50% of WSU’s total undergraduate and graduate instruction, including the vast majority of WSU’s core curriculum. We also drive annual research expenditures of more than $26 million, with wide interdisciplinary strengths in public and community health, environmental change, equity and social justice, and data and technology at the boundaries. As Arts & Sciences begins its 10th anniversary as a unified college, we seek to lead a reimagining of WSU’s land-grant mission for the 21st century, expanding the boundaries of creativity and discovery while simultaneously recognizing more completely our obligations to Native and Indigenous peoples. For more about the College of Arts & Sciences at WSU, please see https://cas.wsu.edu.

The School of the Environment (SoE) is a unique cross-college academic unit located in both the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources (CAHNRS). The SoE integrates across disciplines to provide evidence-based research to inform science and society. Our 38 faculty, ~100 graduate students, and ~500 undergraduates work together from multiple campuses across Washington state on a broad range of issues, ranging from Earth formation and evolution to present-day processes among Earth’s diverse environments. The SoE brings together undergraduate science majors in Earth Science, Environmental and Ecosystem Science, Forest Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. environment.wsu.edu

Earth Science research at WSU is supported by world-class analytical facilities, including the Peter Hooper GeoAnalytical Laboratory and the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology Laboratory, for whole rock and micro-scale major and trace element analysis, U-Pb, Lu-Hf, and Sm-Nd geochronology, and radiogenic and stable isotope geochemistry. Interdisciplinary SoEconnected facilities include the Stefan Center and ecological reserve, USDA and University Extension agricultural, forest, and watershed research centers throughout Washington State, the Vancouver Water Chemistry Facility (ICPMS, IC, and carbon/nutrients analyzers), and High Performance Computing. The inland Northwest provides an outstanding natural setting from which to base study and teaching from deep-time to contemporary processes.

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/). WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non- U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833- 6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu

Additional Information:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/. Please contact HRS at hrs@wsu.edu or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Area/College: College of Arts and Science

Department Name: School of the Environment

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA 99164-2812

Department Link: environment.wsu.edu

Salary/Benefits: Salary is competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and accompanied by excellent fringe benefits. Please see http://hrs.wsu.edu/employees/benefits/.

FTE: 100%

Tenure Track: Yes

This is a permanent position.

Screening Begin Date: Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2022 and continue until a successful applicant has been identified.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Please be prepared to upload the following documents to your online application:

  • Cover Letter (1 page). Describe how your experience and training meet the five required qualifications listed above.

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Research Statement (2 pages maximum). Describe your research experience and your proposed research program at WSU. Address how your work advances understanding of sedimentary processes.

  • Teaching and Mentoring Statement (2 pages maximum). Describe your teaching experience, innovations and, if available, past assessments or evidence of teaching effectiveness. Address how you would approach teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Earth Science topics. Please also discuss your experience with and methods of mentoring research advisees.

  • Statement addressing your past activities (as well as your future plans) to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, and service (1 page maximum). Please provide examples from your own experience, which might include activities such as research, mentoring, teaching, committee service, or other professional activities.

  • List of three professional references who can provide independent evaluations of your research, teaching, service, and other professional activities: please include names, addresses, e-mails and telephone numbers. References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

9 Month - Summer

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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