Instructor in Geosciences

Blacksburg, Virginia
Apr 22, 2021
May 10, 2021
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The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech seeks an enthusiastic Instructor to join a dynamic and growing geoscience team. This individual will support the department's teaching mission through delivery of primarily introductory courses. As a member of the faculty, this individual will collaborate with other faculty to design, develop, and teach in both online and in-person formats, as needed, and will mentor undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants. This individual will also contribute to the department through service activities related to curriculum design, science communication, and student recruitment. 

The successful candidate will have:

  • An M.S. or Ph.D. in Geoscience or a closely related discipline, by date of hire.
  • Experience teaching college-level geoscience courses.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to team goals effectively and positively.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Experience teaching college-level geoscience courses as the primary instructor.
  • Documented effectiveness teaching in a curriculum designed to serve the needs of a large, diverse group of university students.
  • Potential to teach upper division undergraduate courses. 
  • Potential to contribute to curriculum development.
  • Familiarity with teaching-related technology, particularly technology useful for online/distance/hybrid learning.
  • Experience teaching courses online in formats using an LMS such as Canvas or similar.
  • Potential to convey enthusiasm for science and geoscience to a diverse set of undergraduate students.
  • Interest in teaching summer-term courses.

The Department of Geosciences places great value on fostering an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment, as enacted through a dynamic diversity strategic plan. We strongly encourage candidates from groups minoritized and/or underrepresented in Geosciences to apply. 

Application review will start on May 10, 2021

Start date: Aug. 8, 2021

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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