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Faculty - Tenure Track - Earth Science
Utah Valley University


Date Posted Oct. 4, 2018
Title Faculty - Tenure Track - Earth Science
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Department
Application Deadline 1/7/2019
Position Start Date August 2019
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  • Assistant Professor
  • Earth Sciences
    Geology/Geosciences - General
 
 


Faculty - Tenure Track - Earth Science


Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)

Summary:

The Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University (UVU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in geology, to begin August 2019. In our broad search of talented candidates, we seek a committed educator with expertise in geoscience education, a proven record of effective pedagogy, and a passion for teaching lower-division Earth science courses. Expertise in applied geophysics and/or engineering geology is a plus but is not required. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Responsibilities will include: 1) designing and teaching introductory-level Earth science courses using various delivery methods (i.e., face-to-face, flipped, hybrid, and online courses); 2) assisting other faculty in designing courses and in developing learning activities that follow sound pedagogical principles; 3) supervising undergraduate research (in science education and/or a geological discipline); and 4) service to the institution. Other possible responsibilities may include participation in our multi-instructor summer field geology capstone course, development of new upper division course(s) in the successful applicant's area of expertise, and coordination of curricula design among full-time faculty and adjunct instructors. A strong commitment to an evidence-based approach to teaching and to undergraduate research are necessary.

UVU, located in Orem, Utah, is a fast-growing comprehensive state institution of higher education with over 36,000 students and strong support for engaged learning. The main campus sits at the western front of the Wasatch Mountains, with superb opportunities for field-based teaching and research. The Department of Earth Science has a 14-member faculty with a strong record of mentoring undergraduate research and offers B.S. programs in Geology, Earth Science Education, Geography, and Environmental Science & Management. It has excellent facilities, including a GEODE seismograph, pXRF, ICP-OES, SEM (EDX, EBSD, and CL-capable), petrographic teaching microscopes, electrical resistivity and magnetometer instruments, as well as a range of other geochemical, remote sensing, surveying, and computing resources. The department also has strong ties to the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, local industry and governmental organizations.

The Provo-Orem metropolitan area has a population of over 500,000 and excellent access to numerous outdoor recreational activities such as snow sports, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. Salt Lake City is 45 minutes north by high-speed commuter rail; it has an international airport and a vibrant cultural scene including highly acclaimed symphony, opera, ballet, outdoor concert series, professional sports and more (see https://www.visitsaltlake.com/). In addition, Utah boasts world famous National Parks and Monuments. For more information, please see https://www.uvu.edu/earthscience/or contact the search committee co-chairs Alessandro Zanazzi (alessandro.zanazzi@uvu.edu) and Michael Stearns (mstearns@uvu.edu).

To apply, please visit http://www.uvu.jobs/postings/9182. Applications deadline: 1/7/19.

Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant's qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in geology or closely related field at the time of hire required. Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content. Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university.
ABD applicants may be considered but Ph.D. degree must be completed by June 30, 2019.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of subject matter and course content of the courses to be taught which may include courses emphasizing both theory and practice.
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of geoscience education.
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques in upper and lower division courses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program and curriculum development and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in current trends in education, engaged learning and service learning, learning technologies (e.g. digital technologies for classroom management and distance education), public presentation, outcomes measurement and grant writing.
  • Skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Skills in time management and organization.
  • Skills in problem-solving.
  • Skills in student management, motivation, and evaluation.
  • Skills in instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Skills in operating equipment and software commonly used in data collection and processing in field of expertise.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, agency administrators, and community practitioners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and initiative in solving problems.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to produce scholarly work in field of expertise.
  • Ability to maintain currency on subject matter.
  • Ability to serve on committees and perform service activities.


Preferred Qualifications:

Candidate will have the expertise to maintain and develop curriculum and student research in science education or in a geologic discipline.
Demonstrable expertise in applied geophysics and/or engineering geology is preferred. Knowledge of and commitment to various delivery methods (i.e., face-to-face, flipped, hybrid, and online courses) is also preferred.

Physical Requirements:

Occasional climbing, bending or stooping, twisting, kneeling, reaching, standing, sitting, walking is required. Lifting of 10-25 lbs, grasping, fine hand manipulation is required. Talking, hearing, seeing, vision ability continuously or frequently necessary.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC33318 Earth Science Faculty 01/07/2019

Open Date: 10/03/2018

Review Start Date: 11/03/2018

Close Date: 1/7/2019

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Please upload a statement of research as Other Document 1.

Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

To apply, visit: https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/9418

Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicants qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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