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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of Geoscience; Sustainability

University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama (US)
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Apr 12, 2024

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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor of Geoscience; Sustainability


The University of North Alabama Department of Geoscience invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position starting in August 2024. Applicants must possess an earned doctorate in Sustainability, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, or related discipline by August 2024. Applicants should have an extremely broad background in Sustainability, with the ability to successfully teach a number of lower and upper-level courses in Sustainability. We seek an individual with a strong commitment to undergraduate and international teaching. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The standard teaching workload is four courses per semester (eight courses per year), which will include introductory and upper-level courses, both in-person and online for the department’s sustainability program offered through the University of North Alabama-Guizhou University International College of Engineering and Technology in Guiyang, China. The successful applicant will be expected to teach at least two months per semester in China (Chinese language ability is preferred, but not required as courses are taught in English).


Minimum qualifications include:

  • PhD in sustainability, earth science, environmental science, geography, geology, or a related discipline, in hand by the time of appointment, is required; ABD status candidates will be accepted provided degree requirements will be met by the time of the appointment; Ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in physical geology, climate change, sustainable energy, environmental systems, sustainable ecosystems, sustainable water resources, sustainable food and agricultural, and sustainable waste management is required; Ability to teach at least two months per semester in China is required; Current, valid passport/visa status that allows travel out of the country multiple times per year beginning at the time of appointment is required; Track record of external grants that have involved and funded students is preferred; Experience with Quality Matters course certification is preferred.


Knowledge, skills, and abilities include excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to teach, inspire, and mentor students; willingness to teach in-person, hybrid, and online modalities; ability to be active in research and scholarship, especially involving students; ability to recruit students to the departmental majors; ability to use social media to enhance departmental recruitment efforts, and the ability to work with and engage diverse students and colleagues within and outside of the department.


To apply for this position, please visit our Online Employment System at Applications will only be accepted via this system. Please be prepared to upload a cover letter and resume/CV at the time of application, as well as provide contact information for at least three professional references. In addition, this position requires submission of a one-page diversity statement, the details of which may be found here -


Transcripts for the highest degree attained are required for a complete application packet. Official transcripts for the highest degree attained are required of the successful candidate, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. If any of your graduate hours in the relevant teaching discipline are taken from a degree(s) that is not your highest attained, an official transcript of that degree(s) must also be submitted. Electronic copies, if available, of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of unofficial/official transcripts may also be requested to be sent to Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school via email to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of “Issued to Student”, or with the student name listed as the recipient will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate prior to the start date of the appointment, but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process.


The diversity statement and transcripts must be uploaded in the application section as SUPPLEMENTAL ATTACHMENTS. The supplemental attachment link will only appear after the required attachments of cover letter and resume/CV have been uploaded.


If you have previously worked at UNA as an adjunct or faculty member and your transcripts are already on file, please email and ask that they be moved to your completed application for this position. Applications submitted without supplemental attachments will be considered incomplete and non-viable. For questions, please email or call 256-765-4291 and select option #2. Selecting an option other than #2 may result in a delayed response.


UNA is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed. UNA is a smoke-free campus. We welcome applicants who are committed to working at a university that values diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students.

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