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Assistant/Associate Professor - Environmental Geoscience

Worcester State University - Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Equal Opportunity
Worcester State University
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Oct 14, 2022

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The Department of Earth, Environment, and Physics at Worcester State University invites applications for a full time, tenure track position at the Assistant/Associate Professor level to begin Fall 2023.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in Geology, Earth Science, Physical Geography, or a related discipline as well as undergraduate teaching experience. The candidate must be qualified to teach at least 4 of the following: introductory physical geography, introductory physical geology, introductory environmental science, geomorphology, soils, oceanography, and hydrogeology. Additional desirable teaching competencies may include fluvial, coastal or glacial processes and environments; critical zone studies, groundwater resources, applied geomorphology, earth history, planetary geology, and surficial geophysics.  Other desirable qualities include an interest in geoscience education, an ability to integrate GIScience and field experience into teaching and research, and an interest in developing field courses. We especially encourage candidates from underrepresented populations in the STEM fields to apply.

Applicants should demonstrate: potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduates; active engagement in research and scholarship; a commitment to public higher education; enthusiasm for developing the earth and environmental science curriculum and growing the department. The successful candidate will help shape a small, dynamic department dedicated to offering a quality liberal arts education and small class sizes in a public institutional setting. We offer a B.S. in Geography, a B.S. in Environmental Science, and minors in geography, GIS, physics, astronomy, and environmental and sustainability studies. Department facilities include a field research station on a lake adjacent to campus and a GIS lab.  Faculty at Worcester State University are part of the Massachusetts State College Association and the current contractual teaching load is 12 contact hours per semester. 

Additionally, Worcester State University is a recipient of a National Science Foundation Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant. This program seeks to increase success in STEM academic careers for faculty who are historically underrepresented minorities, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. Eligible benefits for the successful hire include course reduction and monetary funds for establishing a research agenda, travel support, and cohort activities across three state universities. Applicants who fit the criteria are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Ph.D. in Geology, Earth Science, Physical Geography, or a related discipline.
  • Undergraduate teaching experience.


Additional Information:

It is the policy of Worcester State University that all employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 before they begin employment. Proof of the COVID-19 vaccine is required of all individuals hired by WSU, to be verified after an offer of employment has been made, and as part of the background check process. Prospective employees may submit a request for exemption based on a religious and/or medical basis, to Human Resources, after an offer of employment has been made.

Worcester State University offers a competitive benefits package that includes:

  • a choice of 9 different pre-taxed, health insurance plan options
  • a choice of pension or 401(a), and supplemental plan retirement options
  • life insurance up to 8x the annual salary
  • long-term disability coverage
  • dental insurance
  • 10 accrued sick days accrued per year 
  • 2 personal days per year 
  • paid holidays 
  • tuition remission for self, spouse, and dependent children
  • and more...


AGEP is a network of universities dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The National Science Foundation funds the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program. The primary goals of AGEP are to (a) significantly increase the number of underrepresented minorities (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians or other Pacific Islanders) obtaining graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and ( b) enhance the preparation of underrepresented minorities for faculty positions in academia. AGEP employs a strategy of supporting alliances of doctoral-granting institutions to accomplish these goals. The alliances, in turn, employ creative administrative strategies, develop infrastructure, and engage in substantive partnerships with non doctoral-granting institutions (many minority-serving institutions) to enhance recruitment, retention, and advancement. The effectiveness of the AGEP approach can be attributed to a variety of factors, including leveraging of shared resources, thinking creatively to produce more supportive and proactive graduate infrastructure, and committing to attain ambitious goals with respect to increasing minority doctoral degree production.

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online and may do so by visiting, and submitting the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • CV
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and Research Statements; in these, please include your interest in and your approach to promoting the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a culturally diverse university.
  • Contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be requested for selected candidates at a later date)

Application review will begin November 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. 

We are an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. M/F/D/V. Members of traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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