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Assistant Professor, Geosciences

The College of Idaho
Caldwell, Idaho
Starting at $55,000.00
Closing date
Oct 28, 2021
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The College of Idaho seeks a broadly-educated geoscientist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Environmental Studies to start in fall 2022.  The department seeks candidates who hold a doctoral degree in geology, geoscience, or a closely-related field, and who have a strong commitment to undergraduate liberal arts education, local field studies, and collaborative student/faculty research. The new hire will contribute to the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program, which has existing emphases in Environmental Science, Geography, Geoscience, and Environmental Humanities. The hire will: teach lower-division courses in geology and environmental science and upper-division courses relevant to their area of study (e.g. climate science, hydrology, soils, environmental geology, geomorphology); develop an externally-funded research program that involves undergraduate students; lead off-campus field studies; and, possibly teach a first-year seminar. The normal teaching load is three courses in both fall and spring semesters and an additional immersive course during a 3-week term in January. Candidates from marginalized or underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching undergraduate courses in a liberal arts context. Complete applications must include the following:

  • cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy that clearly demonstrates a commitment to liberal arts education and a commitment to representation, inclusion, and equity (2-page maximum)
  • statement of research interests and vision for faculty-student collaborative research in a liberal arts environment (1-page maximum)
  • three letters of recommendation, including at least one addressing teaching in detail
  • graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

Review of completed applications will begin November 1, 2021. Please submit materials via email to  with the subject ‘Geoscience Search.’ Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is selected.

Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States as of the expected hire date and throughout the date of the contract without sponsorship from the College.

The College of Idaho is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to attracting, retaining, and maximizing academic excellence through a diverse and inclusive workforce.

With over 125 years of history, The College of Idaho is a regional and national leader in higher education. The College of Idaho is an inclusive community of exceptional learning that challenges the ambitious and forges pathways to success and purpose.


Founded in 1891, The College of Idaho is the state’s oldest private college. It has educated some of the most accomplished graduates in Idaho, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three Marshall Scholars, and ten Truman and Goldwater Scholars. The College is located on a beautiful campus in Caldwell, Idaho, a half-hour drive from Idaho’s capital, Boise, which features a philharmonic orchestra, a nationally prominent dance company, and a summer-long Shakespeare festival. The location is within easy reach of Idaho’s splendid mountains, providing opportunities for hiking, biking, skiing, and whitewater sports.
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