Assistant Professor in Hydrology/Climate Science/Enviro Chemistry
Westminster University, Utah, United States
Start reviewing process: 10 November 2023

Westminster University in Salt Lake City, Utah, seeks a geoscientist with expertise in climate science and/or hydrology and/or geochemistry and with the ability to teach coursework in GIS. This position begins in summer or fall of 2024 and will be hired at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Geology Program in the Westminster College of Arts and Sciences. The 24-credit teaching assignment will include a combination of introductory courses in Geology, GIS, and upper division on-campus and field-based courses in the person’s area of expertise. We expect the successful candidate to work collaboratively with colleagues in Environmental Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and/or Physics. We seek an excellent educator with demonstrated ability to facilitate active student engagement and to provide effective mentoring to undergraduate researchers. Experience with team teaching, community engagement, field experiences, and other innovative learning designs is desired. We seek an energetic colleague who will participate actively in the growth of our vibrant program and the ongoing development of our innovative curriculum.

The Geology Program and our curriculum take advantage of our incredible geologic setting at the intersection of distinct geologic provinces: the Basin and Range, the Colorado Plateau, the Rocky Mountains, and the Snake River Plain. We utilize this setting as a natural laboratory for our students as they progress through our dynamic and socially relevant curriculum in pursuit of their B.S. in Geology, which also requires foundational coursework in Math, Chemistry and Physics. Our program emphasizes research opportunities for our undergraduate students, with many students presenting at regional and national research conferences and serving as co-authors on publications. We partner with local and regional organizations to offer our students the ability to learn and grow beyond the classroom and develop skills that will make them highly marketable upon graduation. We ultimately seek to develop well-rounded students who are prepared to enter the workforce, contribute to their communities, and work towards positive change for the future.

The Geology Program emphasizes field- and place-based learning experiences, which align with Westminster University’s Power of Place Initiative. The Program’s Summer Field Geology course functions as a capstone course and invites students on a traveling 6-week journey to some of the most geologically impressive sites throughout the country. The course requires the students to synthesize their geologic knowledge acquired throughout their coursework and apply it over the course of week-long research projects. The Geology Program’s Four Years in the Field Initiative reflects our commitment to ensuring place-based learning opportunities in every geology course from our 100-level introductory courses through our senior level seminars. We invite a future colleague who will contribute to these initiatives and will embrace the opportunity to craft their own field- and place-based learning experiences for students.

We seek candidates who demonstrate skills, experience, and potential to facilitate the learning of all students, including those historically underrepresented in higher education (such as students of color, LGBT students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and more). The Geology Program is strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our student body and our discipline by creating a safe and welcoming environment for all within the geosciences.

About the Institution: Founded in 1875, Westminster University (formerly Westminster College) is a private, independent institution with a rich history rooted in liberal arts education. Over the last 30 years, the institution has added professional programs in business, nursing and health sciences, and education. The University has a strong academic reputation, deep community and alumni support, and a legacy of providing student-centered, liberal arts and professional education. It offers an intimate higher education experience to more than 1,200 total students, including almost 320 graduate students. Westminster University has received numerous accolades, including: · Ranked #5 “Best Value School”, #18 “Best Regional University”, and #15 “Best Undergraduate Teaching” institution by U.S. News and World Report in 2022, Recognized as a “Top Green College” by the Princeton Review in 2022, Recognized as the #9 “Best College for Veterans” and #12 “Best in the West” by the U.S. News and World Report in 2022, Ranked above two-thirds of U.S. colleges in the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education 2022 College Rankings list, · Consistently recognized as a “Best College in the West” by the Princeton Review. Westminster’s beautiful campus is situated in a charming residential neighborhood of Salt Lake City called Sugar House, a 10-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City. Roughly half of Westminster’s student body comes from outside of Utah and includes students from 42 countries. Approximately 19% of students identify as US students of color. Whether students live on or off campus, they have the opportunity to participate in more than 60 active clubs and organizations, informal gatherings at Shaw Student Center, and a variety of events sponsored by the Associated Students of Westminster (ASW). In addition, the university has fifteen total men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams in NCAA Division II and a competitive intramurals program. Westminster proudly sent eight student and alumni Olympians to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. Westminster is the only post-secondary institution in the state of Utah awarded grant funding by the US Department of Education to host the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program. McNair programs serve low-income and first-generation college students and/or students from groups underrepresented in graduate study. Since 2003, Westminster has served approximately 160 McNair students, some of whom were relocated to Salt Lake City as refugees from Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, and Bosnia. Sixteen McNair alums have earned a PhD, and 73 percent have either attained an advanced degree or remain in the graduate-study pipeline.

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Of interest for:
  • Terrestrial Working Group
  • Coastal Working Group
  • Hydrology Focus Research Group