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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Sustainability

Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon
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Oct 27, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Sustainability

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: F00187


Position Summary:

Southern Oregon University invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Sustainability in the School of Science and Business. The successful candidate will teach upper-division courses in the earth systems sciences; to potentially include hydrology, geomorphology, soil science, climatology, and/or environmental geology. The candidate will also contribute to introductory environmental science courses in the physical sciences in classroom, lab and field settings. The successful candidate may also teach upper-division research methods courses. Proven teaching ability and demonstrable research activity are essential.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to teaching, student advising, and continued scholarly practice.

The candidate should demonstrate competency in environmental sciences broadly with specific interest in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, soil science, hydroclimatology, and/or ecohydrology. Candidates should show excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational and management experience, demonstrable applied field research, and capacity for undergraduate research/program advising. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as experience working with students from underrepresented minorities.

Initial appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor requires a doctoral degree (or ABD) in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment.

The start date is 9/16/2024. Application review will begin on 10/15/2023 and end when the position fills. SOU offers excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The region is noted for its unparalleled biodiversity and the university lies in close proximity to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Rogue Valley is renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and biking.

Minimum Qualifications:

• A doctoral degree (or ABD) in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
• Ability to teach lower-division physical sciences as well as upper-division earth systems science courses in geology and hydrology.
• Commitment to undergraduate education.
• Demonstrated maintenance of an active scholarly research program.
• Ability to work well with a highly interdisciplinary team.

Preferred Qualification:

• A doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
• Demonstrated experience with undergraduate research mentoring.
• Demonstrated expertise, and ability to teach courses in geospatial sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Scholarly research experience in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, ecohydrology, hydroclimatology, and/or soil science.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy (two pages); (4) undergraduate focused research statement (one page), (5) diversity statement and (6) at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.
To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit:
Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered salary and our Total Compensation Calculator,, demonstrates our value and commitment to our employees.

Special Conditions

•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email

All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

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