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Teaching Assistant Professor

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Closing date
May 1, 2024

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Atmospheric Sciences, Interdisciplinary/Other
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Teaching Assistant Professor

Division - School of Freshwater Sciences
Position Type - Teaching Academic Staff
Appointment Type - Fixed Renewable
Pay Basis - Academic
Salary Grade - Cat C
FLSA Status - Exempt
Percent - 100
Posting Type - Faculty & Instructional

UWM Description
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) is Wisconsin's second-largest university, with a unique dual mission of access and research to provide high-quality education for students from all backgrounds. UWM is one of 146 top research universities recognized as “R1” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Along with its main campus in Milwaukee, UWM has branch campuses in Waukesha and Washington County.

UWM celebrates, values and promotes the diverse voices and experiences of its students and employees and our community partners. We believe diversity enriches and strengthens our institution. UWM is committed to providing equitable access to opportunities for students and employees from every background. We aspire to create a campus climate that is welcoming to all. Learn more here:

School/College/Division Description
The School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS) at UWM is the only school in the nation dedicated solely to the study of freshwater issues. Its interdisciplinary research and education programs link science with action and are integrated across five majors areas: freshwater system dynamics, human and ecosystem health; freshwater technology; freshwater economics, policy, and management; and climate and atmospheric sciences. It is the School's goal to be recognized world-wide as the source of expert knowledge on water issues and a catalyst for great ideas that change how people think about and manage water resources.

The School of Freshwater Sciences is based in the heart of Milwaukee's Latinx community in the Harbor District. Our school facilities, including research vessels and laboratories, have direct access to the confluence of the Milwaukee, Menomonee and Kinnickinnic Rivers and Lake Michigan. The campus and greater Milwaukee communities offer strong opportunities for research collaboration and professional development.

Job Summary
The Atmospheric Science Program ( in the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences ( seeks a Teaching Assistant Professor (a fixed-renewable, instructional academic staff position).

The successful candidate's duties will include:

  • Teaching 3-4 undergraduate courses per semester, including general-education courses in meteorology; thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes; and planetary atmospheres, and entry-level majors courses in atmospheric and climate science.
  • Supervising and mentoring graduate teaching assistants who help to instruct general-education meteorology and entry-level majors atmospheric and climate science lab courses.
  • Identifying and disseminating scholarship, internship/externship, professional-development, and job announcements to the program's majors.

    Depending on the Atmospheric Science Program's future needs, the successful candidate may also actively participate in the development of a new climate-track program at the School of Freshwater Sciences and have the opportunity to supervise undergraduate research projects, engage in pedagogy-focused research, and contribute to assessments of the program curriculum and requirements.

    Performance of Duties
    Designs and facilitates classroom, online, and/or laboratory instruction in an academic discipline to ensure quality delivery of instruction and integration of content within an academic work unit. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.
  • Develops and designs curriculum and instructional material relevant to a course of instruction.
  • Advises students on academic and career direction within a specific field of study.
  • Facilitates classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction, including assessment of student performance.
  • May supervise student employees involved in development or delivery of instruction.
  • Collaborates with department faculty and staff to develop teaching strategies relevant to the discipline.
  • Contributes to the development of teaching and learning scholarly work including publications and presentations.
  • Contributes to the strategic development of curriculum and academic content through various mediums to ensure the integrity of the educational mission of the work unit.

    Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in atmospheric science, meteorology, geosciences, Earth system science, or a related field at the time of appointment

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience teaching general-education/non-majors and/or core undergraduate courses in the atmospheric sciences
  • Demonstrated commitment to facilitating the success of students of all backgrounds and preparation levels
  • An understanding of and/or demonstrated commitment to best pedagogical practices

    Target Salary Range
    Minimum of $60,000 (Final salary offer is contingent upon the successful candidate's skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to the position.)

    Benefits and Total Rewards
    As part of UWM's commitment to supporting the success of our team members through positive experiences, employees are provided with Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life. UWM offers a comprehensive benefits package and contributes towards the cost of several benefit plans. Employees with a qualifying position also receive an extensive leave package including vacation, sick leave (with no expiration), personal holiday, and paid legal holidays. Please visit this link to view summary benefits information. (Compensation figures are for example purposes only.) UWM Benefits to Benefit You and Your Life

    Application Instructions
    To receive full consideration, applicants are required to apply online and provide the following:
    1. Cover letter
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Statement of teaching, mentoring, and advising philosophy
    4. A teaching portfolio that includes evidence of instructional effectiveness AND
    5. Names and contact information for three references, with at least two of those references well-suited to comment on the candidate's teaching ability

    Apply electronically at: by the application deadline of April 28, 2024.

    Application Deadline - 04/28/2024
    Continuous (Open Until Filled?) - No
    Position Contact Name - Chad Hietpas
    Contact Phone - (414) 251-5756
    Contact Email -

    Application Notes
    For this position, applicants are required to apply online. UWM will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Additionally, applicants must complete all required fields and attach any required documents. The process is complete when the message “Your application has been submitted” is displayed and you receive a confirmation number.

    Legal Notices
    AA/EO Statement
    UWM is an AA/EO employer: All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

    Reasonable Accommodations
    UWM provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual with a disability. If you need assistance or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact or 414-229-4463. This job announcement and other material on this site will be made available in alternate formats upon request to an individual with a disability.

    Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
    UWM is a State agency and subject to Wisconsin's Open Records Law. UWM will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin's Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

    CBC and Reference Check Policy
    Employment will require a criminal background check. UWM takes the prevention of sexual misconduct seriously. As such, you and your references will be required to answer questions regarding any past findings of sexual violence and sexual harassment or any pending allegations of sexual violence or sexual harassment.

    Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
    For the UWM Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, see, or call UWM's Dean of Students Office, Student Union 345 at (414) 229-4632 for a paper copy.

    Employment Authorization
    In compliance with federal law, all persons at the time of their start date will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

    Job Categories
    Faculty/Instruction - Natural Sciences

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