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Tenure-track Critical Zone Science Position

Appalachian State University
Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina
Closing date
Oct 20, 2023




The undergraduate-only Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position at the rank of assistant professor beginning 10 August 2024. We seek a critical zone scientist to support the teaching of a writing-intensive sophomore-level science communication and career preparation course (GES 2750), an accompanying environmental field methods course (GES 2752), and to develop a new upper-level course in critical zone science. Additional teaching responsibilities may include introductory courses and labs in topics such as environmental geology and/or the water cycle.

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in environmental science, geoscience, or a closely related field at the time of appointment and must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and research. We seek a critical zone scientist with research expertise in related areas such as soil biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, and/or bedrock-surface-process interactions. The successful candidate should have a research focus that complements existing earth surface process research within the department (hydrogeology, geomorphology, atmospheric chemistry, and paleosol geology). The candidate should also be committed to field-based research and would be encouraged to utilize the university’s natural outdoor laboratory setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

To be considered, applications must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and interests (including a new critical zone course to complement the current curriculum), statement of research interests, unofficial copies of transcripts of all college and university work (official copies due upon employment), and the names and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees familiar with the applicant's teaching and/or scholarship. Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. William P. Anderson, Jr., at 828-262-6609 or Applications should be submitted via Appalachian State University's job board: Review of completed applications will begin 15 October 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University is undergraduate-only with 20 faculty members and more than 290 majors. The Department and the College of Arts and Sciences possess an array of analytical and field equipment that supports the research of 14 tenure-track faculty. More information about the department is available on our website ( Appalachian State is a comprehensive university located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and is a member of the University of North Carolina System.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally. We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all. We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the Office of Access & Equity: Equal Opportunity at 828-262-2144 or email

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