Assistant Professor, Structural Geology

Employer
Western Washington University- Geology Department
Location
Bellingham, Washington
Salary
$75,000-$82,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Dec 15, 2022

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Discipline
Interdisciplinary/Other
Career Level
Faculty
Education Level
PhD
Job Type
Tenure Track
Relocation Cost
Negotiable
Sector Type
Academia
The Geology Department at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position specializing in Structural Geology to begin Fall 2023. We seek individuals who will establish a vigorous research program, are enthusiastic about teaching, will involve undergraduate and Masters-level students in their research, and will work to improve diversity, equity, and inclusivity through their teaching, research, and service efforts.

The ideal candidate will complement our existing teaching and research strengths in tectonics, petrology, geomorphology, and geophysics by developing new courses and research avenues in structural geology. We broadly seek individuals who will apply field-based observations and analytical techniques to understand the structural and tectonic evolution of the Earth’s continental crust and lithosphere. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the structural analysis and evolution of mountain belts, the kinematics and rheology of faults or shear zones, and the timescales and rates of continental deformation. Primary teaching responsibilities include structural geology, field mapping and methods (field camp), and advanced courses in structural geology and tectonics, as well as introductory / physical geology courses.

 

About the Geology Department: The Geology Department at WWU is committed to excellence in both teaching and research.  Our goal is to offer the highest possible quality education in the geological sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The mission of our department is to serve three main populations: graduate students, undergraduate geology majors, and undergraduates from other departments for their general education courses. For all of these students we strive to create excitement about discovery and the process of geologic inquiry.  We want to develop in all students an appreciation of how geological processes affect the earth and society so that they will be environmentally responsible, scientifically literate citizens. We strive to produce majors with an interdisciplinary content background in geology and the physical sciences who are competent in the field, who can work collaboratively, conduct original research, and effectively communicate their results. We have 18 faculty and 5 staff, who serve 150 undergraduate and 30 graduate student majors, offering teaching and research in an array of geoscience fields including structural geology and tectonics, surficial processes and geomorphology, hydrogeology and engineering geology, igneous petrology and volcanology, metamorphic petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, organic and stable isotope geochemistry, marine geology, paleoclimate, science education, and planetary geology and geophysics. Several of our faculty hold joint appointments or affiliations in Science Education, Material Science, Marine and Coastal Science, and Physics and Astronomy programs at WWU.

About the University: Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the Position: The ideal candidate will complement our existing teaching and research strengths in tectonics, petrology, geomorphology, and geophysics by developing new courses and research avenues in structural geology. We broadly seek individuals who will apply field-based observations and analytical techniques to understand the structural and tectonic evolution of the Earth’s continental crust and lithosphere. Areas of interest include but are not limited to the structural analysis and evolution of mountain belts, the kinematics and rheology of faults or shear zones, and the timescales and rates of continental deformation. Primary teaching responsibilities include structural geology, field mapping and methods (field camp), and advanced courses in structural geology and tectonics, as well as introductory / physical geology courses.

Required Qualifications:

    Earned doctorate or ABD by date of application in the geosciences with an emphasis in structural geology.  If ABD, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15th of the first year of employment (e.g., for a September 2023 start date, all degree requirements must be completed by June 15, 2024). Evidence of the ability to effectively teach structural geology, and contribute to field mapping courses Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, establishing a high-quality research program in geology that includes mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate student researchers Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, obtaining external research funding
Preferred Qualifications:

    Postdoctoral experience and strong research record in appropriate geoscience fields Teaching experience using student-centered approaches to foster active learning Evidence of the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Geology Evidence of the ability to teach intro or physical geology
To Apply: Interested candidates must apply online.

Conditions of Employment: All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to HR@wwu.edu if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Salary: $75,000 - $82,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications. Relocation assistance may be available per University guidelines. Salary and start-up funds are to be determined upon being offered the position.

Application Instructions: Required application materials are: (1) a cover letter outlining your interest in the position and your experience related to the position responsibilities and each of the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a statement describing your experience, interest, and future goals for cultivating an inclusive and equitable educational environment, (4) a statement describing your plans and goals for your teaching program in the department, and (5) a statement describing your plans and goals for your research program in the department.

You will be asked to provide contact information of three references, who will be asked for references for candidates that will be considered as semi-finalists for the position.

For further questions or information, please feel free to contact the Geology Department Chair (Bernard Housen, bernieh@wwu.edu) or the Search Committee Chair (Sean Mulcahy, mulcahs@wwu.edu).

Closing Date Notes: The position will be open until filled. Application review will begin on Dec 16, 2022.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); crtc@wwu.edu

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at vpsa.office@wwu.edu. The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires and rehires, which includes a sexual misconduct background check

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