Assistant Professor of Geology (Mineralogy/Petrology)

Sewanee, Tennessee
Oct 01, 2018
Oct 31, 2018
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The Department of Earth and Environmental Systems invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Mineralogy and Petrology. The successful candidate will join nine colleagues in a field-oriented department offering majors in Geology, Forestry, Natural Resources, and Environment and Sustainability. Three geologists, supported by other colleagues, are responsible for the Geology major.

The primary responsibilities will be to teach a five-course load over the academic year, to develop a creative research program, and to provide service to the University, profession and community.

Teaching assignments include introductory Physical Geology – Lecture and Lab. The lab will include local field exercises, and the ability to drive a passenger van to the field sites is important. Upper-level classes include Mineralogy, and an Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Lecture/Lab (with a limited field component) will be taught every other year. Other potential courses based on the candidate’s background could include mid-to-upper-level classes in Geophysics, Economic Geology, Environmental Issues of Mineral Deposits, Geomorphology, Volcanology, Energy Issues, or other courses.

We are searching for candidates with expertise in Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology. Field-Petrographic-Analytical-based research, and experience/research using XRD, SEM, XRF, or other instrumentation are important skills in this position.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:
- A commitment to a liberal arts curriculum, especially excellence in teaching and the potential to integrate undergraduate students into an established or locally-based research program.
- A record of publication and an active research agenda.
- Field and lab skills, especially integration of field, hand-sample, petrographic, and other instrumentation.
- A desire and ability to contribute to collaborative and cross-departmental research initiatives, and a willingness to integrate the University’s extensive landholdings into aspects of your teaching and research.

Professional qualifications include a Ph.D. from an accredited university in Geology, Earth Sciences, or a related field.

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, teaching and research statements, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), and three letters of reference through the application portal. We will conduct preliminary interviews at the 2018 GSA meeting in Indianapolis.

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.