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Assistant Professor of Geosciences

Trinity University Department of Geosciences
San Antonio, Texas
Closing date
Oct 23, 2023

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      The Department of Geosciences at Trinity University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geosciences. A Ph.D. in Geosciences is required and experience teaching at the college level is preferred. The successful candidate must have a commitment to undergraduate teaching and will be expected to develop an active research program that involves undergraduates. The successful candidate will teach across the Geosciences curriculum, including introductory and core geosciences courses, as well as upper-level courses related to environmental geosciences. Preference will be given to candidates who can also contribute to department and university core curricula (e.g., the First-Year Experience) and have experience with interdisciplinary instruction and/or global education. We seek research specialties that complement current expertise in the department; examples include but are not limited to oceanographic and coastal processes, terrestrial geomorphic processes, critical zone research, environmental geophysics, and climate and/or environmental change research. The use of GIS in research and teaching will be considered an asset.

      Trinity University is a secular, independent, private institution. Both the Department of Geosciences and the University value and safeguard academic freedom for faculty in their teaching and scholarship. Trinity is committed to engaging in practices that ensure a welcoming, inclusive campus and community of learning for all students, faculty, and staff.

      Trinity is a primarily undergraduate institution that offers high-quality science, liberal arts, and pre-professional programs to approximately 2500 undergraduate students from the U.S. and many foreign countries. The attractive campus overlooks downtown San Antonio, a city rich in heritage and ethnic diversity. Additional information about Trinity and San Antonio can be found in this Resource Guide. The Geosciences Department, housed in the Center for Sciences and Innovation, has granted degrees in the geosciences for over 50 years and is a member of the Keck Geology Consortium.

How to apply: candidates must apply through Trinity University’s Employment Opportunities Portal, linked here.  Under “Start your application” select “Apply Manually” and only complete required fields.  Candidates should submit the following items in pdf format in the Application Documents field (limited to 5 total files):

  • a single file containing a cover letter (1-2 pages, single-spaced), a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references;
  • a file with a statement of undergraduate teaching experience and philosophy;
  • a file with documentation of teaching effectiveness;
  • a file with description of research plans; and
  • a file with a 250-500 word diversity statement responding to the prompt, “Trinity University is committed to the value of intentional inclusion. Please provide a brief statement describing your past efforts as well as your future plans to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in your teaching and research.”

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting your application. If you need to revise your application or need help submitting an application, please contact Human Resources at (210) 999-7507 or email Review of completed applications will begin on October 24, 2023, and the position will remain open until filled. Questions about the search can be directed to Dr. Benjamin Surpless [], Search Committee Chair, Department of Geosciences.


Trinity University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, it provides equal opportunity for employment and advancement of all employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any status protected by federal, state or local laws.


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