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Assistant Professor, Geoscience

The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio
Closing date
Dec 31, 2022

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Earth and Space Science Informatics
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
No Relocation
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The Department of Geosciences seeks a tenured track Geology or Environmental Science colleague with a science research focus related to climate change or pollution-related impacts on under-represented populations in urban or rural areas. This person would augment existing faculty strengths and be expected to work in areas such as climate change, pollution, or other factors that perturb natural systems and significantly impact the welfare of minority, poor or otherwise marginalized populations. The Department of Geosciences consists of 10 faculty members supporting over 110 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in geology and environmental science BS, MS, and certificate programs. In the spring and summer of 2023, we will be moving to the newly renovated Crouse Hall that will house state-of-the-art research and teaching spaces.  See for more information.

As an urban research university in a diverse locale, the University of Akron is committed to advancing diversity goals within the community writ large. As such, we ask that candidates submit a maximum one-page ‘Contributions to Diversity’ Statement.


In this statement we ask that you speak to your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching, research and recruiting, and your experience working with underrepresented populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations in your profession and/or community life.




The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences seeks to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of UA through teaching, scholarship, service and collaboration. Specifically, as an urban-research university, we are particularly interested in scholars whose work touches on the pressing needs of cities and urban communities. Needs and problems include, but are not limited to: families, health disparities, criminal justice/police reform, race/ethnicity broadly, environmental justice, social justice, urban planning, economic justice, or LGBTQ+ issues.


The Department of Geosciences seeks applicants with a demonstrated interest in geoscience or environmental research and teaching that advances our understanding of climate change, environmental degradation, or other factors that perturb natural systems and significantly impact the welfare of minority, poor or otherwise marginalized populations. Such research could include quantifying the consequences of impacts at local, regional, or global scales.


This is a tenured track position starting Fall 2023.




The University of Akron is expanding its research and teaching strengths in the Department of Geosciences by opening a tenure track position with a focus on environmental impacts on under-represented populations in urban or rural areas. This person would augment existing faculty strengths and be expected to teach and conduct research in areas such as climate change, pollution, water and land disruption, or other factors that perturb natural systems and significantly impact the health and well-being of minority, poor or otherwise marginalized populations. Candidates should also possess the ability to teach general education courses in geosciences as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of expertise, and geology field camp. The successful candidate will be able to show evidence of the ability to teach courses effectively in a diverse and inclusive setting.






  • PhD in a Geoscience discipline or Environmental Science Research statement Teaching statement Diversity statement Curriculum vita Contact information of three references



Provides evidence of potential to develop an externally funded research program. Research touches one or more marginalized populations or the health impacts on such populations.




Compensation and Benefits
The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.




About UA
The University of Akron is a vibrant community driven by collaboration, partnership and a steadfast determination to provide opportunity and success to all learners The University of Akron believes diversity is a vital element of an equitable and thriving workplace. A diverse workforce is essential as we strive to create a dynamic academic environment that prepares students to be citizens of the world around them, and as we deepen the value we place on our connection to the Greater Akron community.


We celebrate the power of uniqueness, and the strength that coalesces when unique voices are heard. We seek to empower employees to lead in their colleges, departments, offices and divisions. People of all backgrounds work on our campus every day, and we value the contribution of each individual in their commitment to a better University of Akron.


We welcome candidates who are passionate about shaping and inspiring the next generation of thinkers, experts, artists and leaders. Bound and determined to meet every challenge, we continue to climb, to forge new paths and reach new heights – and we want you to join us. Bring your voice. Bring your uniqueness. Bring you. We are Akron. We rise together.


For more information about The University of Akron or the Akron community please visit our About UA page.




Application Instructions
For consideration and complete position details, applicants need to complete an online application at:

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To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching, research and diversity statments and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.

After submission of your application, return to the "My Activities" link and upload the required documents to your profile under the "Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications.  This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  A curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application.  For assistance with your application or attachments please call Derek Brown in Human Resources at (330) 972-8402.


Application Deadline

Review of Applications will begin February 1, 2023.



Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences - Our Commitment to Diversity:

The Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences is committed to advancing an inclusive community in which everyone is welcomed, respected, valued and heard. We believe our community is enriched by diversity along a number of dimensions, including race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, gender expression, sexuality, class, disability, religion, and political ideology/identification. We acknowledge the historical and current structural inequities that present challenges to both the access and success of historically disadvanted groups. We have developed specific goals and key strategies to strengthen inclusion, diversity, equity and belonging within our college community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Akron, as an equal education and employment institution, is committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified individuals in its education programs or activities, including applicants for admissions or employment, will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, military status, or status as a veteran. To further this commitment, the University complies with state and federal laws which prohibit discrimination. Questions or concerns about the administration of this commitment can be directed to the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (

The University also strives to provide an environment free from the negative impacts of gender-based discrimination and harassment as prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972. Questions about Title IX can be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of Education or both. For more information on Title IX at the University of Akron, including how to contact the Title IX Coordinator, how to file a complaint under Title IX with the University or the Title IX process at the University of Akron, please visit the University’s Title IX page at          


Ohio is State of Residence

It is the expectation of the University of Akron that all work performed as an employee of the University will be performed in Ohio.

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