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Assistant Professor – Earth Science

Department:  Earth Science
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s):  Sedimentology, Stratigraphy, and Historical Geology
Search # 19-002 

Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston. 

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship/creative activity.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.

The Earth Science Department is seeking to fill a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Sedimentary Geology to begin August 2019.  We seek a broadly educated, collegial, field-oriented geoscientist with expertise in areas of sedimentary geology including sedimentology, stratigraphy, and invertebrate paleontology.  The Earth Science Department at SCSU consists of five full-time and eight adjunct faculty who support a broad-based earth science curriculum with concentrations in geology, environmental earth science, and earth science secondary education (7-12).  Details regarding existing programs and facilities can be found on the departmental webpage.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a field-based research program that fosters faculty-student collaboration.  Teaching responsibilities may include introductory geoscience courses for non-science majors, sedimentology/stratigraphy, historical geology, and invertebrate paleontology.  The candidate must demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and research with undergraduates.  All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service.  Normal teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester.

Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to conduct creative activity/research in their area of expertise.  These activities include, but are not limited to:  research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in the geosciences.  ABD candidates are welcome to apply but must have Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment.  Candidates must also provide evidence of a strong background in the fundamentals of geology and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and service.

Preferred Qualifications:

Minimum of three years of college-level teaching experience either as an instructor or teaching assistant with demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, student-centered research, and service.  Broad training in the earth sciences including familiarity with geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy.  Experience in teaching general education courses for non-science majors in the areas of geology.  Experience in teaching upper-division undergraduate earth science courses in sedimentology/stratigraphy, historical geology, and invertebrate paleontology.  Strong record of scholarly research in the geological sciences.  Experience with field studies and data collection using modern equipment and instrumentation.  Desire and ability to develop an externally funded, field-oriented, undergraduate-friendly research program.  Experience and/or interest in the geology of the Northeastern United States.

Application Process:

Please send curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and research interests/experience, copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts acceptable), and contact information for three professional references to:  Earth Science Department Search Committee Chair at  All application materials must be submitted electronically in a single file (PDF preferred).  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 19, 2018.  The position will remain open until filled. 

SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.