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Assistant Professor Specializing in Landscape Evolution and Land Use/Cover Change

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Work Type: Faculty Full Time
Location: Dayton, OH
Category: Faculty
Department: Geology - 208130
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Position Summary:

Are you looking for a university that will support your commitment to preparing the next generation of Environmental Geoscientists; where you will work with highly-motivated students in and out of the classroom; you can contribute to a thriving academic program; where you will be a member of a mission-driven institution and you can live affordably in a central location with easy access to both recreation and urban amenities? The University of Dayton, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is seeking a dynamic faculty member with a specialization in landscape evolution and land use/cover at the rank of tenure track assistant professor to begin August 16, 2023.

The successful candidate will work with a diverse faculty in the department engaging in a wide range of high-impact environmental geoscience teaching and research. They will also have the opportunities to contribute to the University of Dayton’s emphasis on sustainability education and research initiatives as well as engaging with the University of Dayton River’s Institute which provides leadership training and engages with a suite of local partners around issues pertaining to regional freshwater resources. The University has been consistently ranked by the Sierra Club in the top 10% of all evaluated schools in terms of its environmentally conscious curriculum, practice and activism.

Expectations of the position include developing a nationally competitive, extramurally funded research program that involves undergraduate students, contributing to transformative teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate level, and intersecting creatively to strengthen and/or complement the department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences. Main teaching expectations include introductory courses in geosciences and upper level courses in environmental geosciences. Mentoring undergraduate research is also expected.

The University’s 382-acre campus is located at the southern edge of Dayton, Ohio, which has a metropolitan area population of approximately one million. With a burgeoning downtown area, 20 expansive metroparks, hundreds of miles of paved walking/biking trails (top in the nation!), a bike-(and now scooter!) share program, several historic neighborhoods, and of course, the Dayton Aviation Heritage and National Historical Park, this is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, and manageable traffic. Go to daytoncvb.com for more information about the area.

At the University of Dayton, we value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions. We strive to be active, intentional, and sustain engagement with and celebration of diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all candidates to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD in Geosciences or a related discipline specializing in landscape evolution and land use/cover change
  • Promise of excellence in:
    • conducting research in the field of landscape evolution and land use/cover change
    • teaching and course development in geosciences at the undergraduate level
  • Articulated commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Effective written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Research in soil sciences, glacial and/or fluvial systems, movement and/or change of materials, and other surface processes
  • Quantitative modeling skills simulating changing terrain over the course of time with numerical modeling and/or other modern techniques such as artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Successful experience in any or all of the following:
    • teaching at the undergraduate level as an instructor of record
    • teaching geoscience field courses
    • curriculum development in geosciences
    • research grant and/or contract applications
    • postdoctoral research
    • mentoring undergraduate student research
    • working collaboratively with an interdisciplinary team
    • working with and/or teaching socially and culturally diverse communities
  • Record of peer-reviewed scientific publications
  • Interest in developing experiential learning opportunities related to a candidate’s research interests
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective classroom management skills
  • Expressed willingness to engage with Marianist educational values that build community across diversity, promote inclusive excellence, and contribute to the common good
Special Instructions to Applicants:

A complete application consists of the following:

  • a one-page cover letter addressing all minimum qualifications and all pertinent preferred qualifications met
  • curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests that is no more than three pages
  • a statement of teaching interest and philosophy of no more than two pages
  • a one-page statement of commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and how these principles inform your teaching and other aspects of your work
  • Contact information for at least three references. Letters of recommendation will be required at a later part of the interview process.

Posting closes at 11:55 PM EST

A federal court on December 7, 2021, issued a ruling that suspends the COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to federal contractors nationwide. With this development, the University will pause any enforcement action against employees who have not complied with the requirement to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8, 2021 or to have requested an exemption to maintain their employment status. The University will continue to monitor the state of the pandemic on campus and in the community as well as developments in federal and state requirements, and also will continue to regularly consult with public health officials and our medical panel. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our protocols and requirements are subject to change depending on conditions on campus or in our community, and government requirements.

Closing Statement:

The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic research university with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service.

Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at http://www.udayton.edu/hr/employee_resources/dual_career_resources.php


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