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Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice in Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences

South Dakota school of Mines Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Program
Rapid City, South Dakota (US)
Closing date
Jan 17, 2023

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Atmospheric Sciences, Biogeosciences, Global Environmental Change, Interdisciplinary/Other
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The Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences program (AES) at South Dakota Mines is seeking to fill a 9-month, non-tenure track faculty position related to Environmental Sciences at the Assistant or Associate Professor of Practice level. An earned Doctorate degree in Environmental Science, Biology, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a closely related discipline is required by the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have evidence in teaching at the university level and practical experience in their area of expertise. We seek candidates who will contribute to teaching a variety of courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs on topics such as global environmental change, biogeochemistry, NEPA compliance, and/or air quality.  The candidate may also have an opportunity to develop new courses in their area of expertise for a planned undergraduate specialization in Environmental Sciences. This non-tenure track position will be primarily focused on teaching with opportunities for research and industry engagement. The desired start date for the position is August 2023.


The AES program is housed in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at South Dakota Mines.  The program offers degrees at the bachelors, masters and PhD level with students specializing in either atmospheric or environmental sciences specializations.  The program has an interdisciplinary focus, with faculty expertise including hydrometeorology, climate science and resiliency, wildfire meteorology, severe storm dynamics, mesoscale meteorology, numerical weather prediction, biology, aquatic ecology, and sustainability.  We are seeking a new faculty member who can complement these areas of strength by having skills and expertise in environmental science. Please direct questions to the head of the search committee, Adam French (


Established in 1885, South Dakota Mines is one of the nation’s leading engineering, science and technology universities.  South Dakota Mines is located in Rapid City, SD, and delivers a best-in-class education at an affordable price, with a supportive and collaborative campus community that prepares graduates to become in-demand leaders in today’s fastest-growing industries.


Known for our academic rigor, we maintain an average class size of 24 and our students benefit from immersive learning experiences including undergraduate research, co-ops/internships, and numerous nationally competitive engineering teams. College students who are serious about their future, passionate about STEM, and eager to solve society’s most pressing problems excel at Mines. Our Research Programs are concentrated in four areas: energy and environment; materials and manufacturing; STEM education; and underground science and engineering.  South Dakota Mines is a growing university that enrolls around 2,400 students from 45 states and 40 countries and is ranked as the best engineering school for return on investment by College Factual. The placement rate for recent Mines graduates is 97 percent in their field of study.


Rapid City is the state's second largest city (with an urban population of 77,503 and metropolitan population of 148,749) and is nestled at the foot of the beautiful Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, Badlands National Park, and Crazy Horse Memorial are all within an hour of the university. Rapid City enjoys a relatively mild climate and offers year-round recreational opportunities, including, hiking, biking, skiing, snowboarding, fishing, and hunting, to name a few. For more information about South Dakota Mines and Rapid City, visit:


South Dakota Mines is committed to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce and offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life coverage options for employees, spouses and dependents; retirement plans; paid holidays; and a generous vacation and sick day allowance.

Individuals interested in this position must apply online at Human Resources can provide accommodation to the online application process and may be reached at (605) 394-1203. Review of applications will begin January 17, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Employment is contingent upon completion of a satisfactory background investigation.


South Dakota Mines does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status in employment or the provision of service.


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