Open Rank (Assistant/Associate Professor) – Coastal Engineering

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
Oct 28, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Ocean Science
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Open Rank (Assistant/Associate Professor) – Coastal Engineering

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is seeking to fill a faculty position in the area of coastal engineering starting August 2021. This position is being recruited at either the tenure-track Assistant Professor level, tenure-track Associate Professor level or Associate Professor with tenure.

The selected candidate will be engaged in teaching, research, and service commensurate with the expectations of the university’s Carnegie classification as a High Research Active University (R2).

Candidates interested in the position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level without tenure should have potential for innovation and leadership in research. To be considered at the Associate Professor level with tenure, candidates are expected to have an established record of teaching, mentorship, research, and service and willingness to play an advising role to the department chair regarding the new degree program in coastal engineering.

We seek candidates who will help to further develop and implement the new coastal engineering Bachelor of Science degree at UNCW that started in the Fall of 2019. The new program leverages the university’s expertise in earth and ocean sciences, physical oceanography and environmental science, as well as the regional and geographic distinctiveness of coastal North Carolina.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

  • Doctoral degree in engineering, or a closely related field, specializing in the area of coastal engineering with at least 18 hours of graduate coursework closely related to the discipline at the time of employment.
  • Experience as a postdoctoral researcher.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience 

  • Previous teaching and mentoring experience at the undergraduate and/or masters level.
  • Research focused on areas in coastal engineering as applicable to coastal North Carolina such as: 
    • a. modeling physical processes in the nearshore,
    • b. prediction and mitigation of natural and man-made hazards and
    • c. observational tools and analysis for understanding coastline change.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography is an academic unit within the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department provides quality programs leading to B.S. and B.A. degrees in Physics, Coastal Engineering, or 3+2 Physics/Electrical Engineering. The Center for Marine Sciences offers a Masters of Marine Science program. A strong commitment also exists to provide research opportunities for student participation in the scholarly activity of its faculty. The Department supports the College’s mission by providing service courses in the natural sciences that acquaint beginning students with the laws of nature and develop their abilities to reason and think critically.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others. 

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 15, 2020, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including: 

  1. Cover Letter 
  2. Curriculum Vita 
  3. Teaching Philosophy (one to two page description of teaching plans) 
  4. Research Summary (one to two page description each of research)
  5. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion -addressing how issues of diversity shape your working practices, past and planned. 

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process. 

Please direct questions concerning the search to Till Wagner, Chair, Open Rank (Assistant/Associate Professor) – Coastal Engineering Search Committee, at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Nina Brown at

EEO Statement
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