Collegiate Assistant Professor (Environmental Informatics)

Virginia Tech University
Blacksburg, VA, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
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Not Specified
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About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 25 Public University by U.S. News & World Report and a Top 25 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world.

Virginia Tech’s main campus is located in the New River Valley, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. Blacksburg offers the charm of a small town combined with the modern conveniences of a metropolitan area, and is a short driving distance from abundant public land, including the Monongahela, George Washington, and Jefferson National Forests and Shenandoah National Park.

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Position Summary


The individual will be a core member of the faculty team responsible for teaching in our Environmental Informatics major. This teaching role includes four undergraduate courses: Digital Planet, Introduction to Environmental Informatics, Information Technologies for Natural Resources Management, and a senior-level experiential learning course in environmental informatics. More information about these courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog ( Additional responsibilities will include: engaging in curricular updates and course transformations, mentoring undergraduate students majoring in environmental informatics, and fostering diversity and an inclusive atmosphere in the curriculum and department. The candidate is expected to remain current in environmental informatics and related fields, and to serve on departmental, college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department and the broader university community.

The collegiate faculty rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a clear promotion path through assistant, associate, and professor levels. Appointment at the collegiate assistant professor rank is for three years and renewable without limit. With promotion to associate or professor collegiate ranks, contracts are renewable without limit with increasingly longer-term appointments. Collegiate faculty are full members of the department faculty, and are expected to participate in department and professional service. Collegiate faculty members may conduct research on the scholarship of teaching and learning and/or on disciplinary topics and present their findings in professional venues, but there are no expectations for an extensive research program as is typical of tenure-track faculty appointments.

About the College of Natural Resources and Environment

The College of Natural Resources and Environment, one of nine college units at Virginia Tech, was established in 1992. The college is composed of four academic departments (Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Geography, and Sustainable Biomaterials), serving more than 1,000 undergraduate students. The college has about 180 faculty and staff, including 75 tenure track faculty. More than 300 graduate students are enrolled in our programs, which include both an online master of natural resources degree and a cohort-based executive degree in the National Capital Region. The college’s Advising Center, with dedicated professional academic advisors assigned to each department, works in partnership with faculty mentors focused on student success and the college’s director of employer relations.

Faculty research awards total $15-20 million annually in the college’s research-intensive, student-centered environment. Two of our departments are among the top 10 academic departments at Virginia Tech in average research dollars awarded annually, and the college ranks second among colleges at Virginia Tech in research expenditures per FTE. The college hosts several NSF centers as well as numerous other research and outreach centers engaged with state and federal agencies and the private sector. The college manages a nearly 1,300-acre forest located close to campus that is utilized on a weekly basis for student learning and research, as well as a forestry research site in Critz, Virginia. College Factual has ranked the college as No. 1 for the study of natural resources and conservation for four consecutive years. The forestry degree program is ranked No. 1 by College Factual for the third consecutive year, and the packaging systems and design degree program is ranked No. 7 among the top 20 programs nationally by Value Colleges.

About the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech is one of the top forestry and natural resource management and conservation programs in the United States. Our exceptional education, research, and outreach programs are diverse and approach critical natural resource issues from many perspectives. The department offers master and doctoral programs, as well as five undergraduate majors that focus on using the latest research and technology to manage and conserve our forests and natural resources wisely for the benefit of society: environmental informatics, environmental resource management, environmental conservation and society, forestry, and water resources policy and management. Areas of focus for faculty research include forest biometrics, modeling, and remote sensing; forest biology, physiology, and genomics; ecology, silviculture, and wildland fire; hydrology, soils, and watershed management; forest management, operations, and business; resource economics and policy; human dimensions of natural resources; and urban forestry. Department faculty also are engaged with a number of industrial cooperatives, as well as extension and outreach efforts such as landowner education, SHARP logger, master naturalist, and geospatial education programs.


Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. with emphasis on applications of environmental analytics to forest and/or other ecosystem sciences and management 
• Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence through experience and/or training with strong promise for being a leader in the instructional mission


Preferred Qualifications

• Expertise in geospatial analysis and data science for forest and/or other environmental applications with a record of research achievements

• Demonstrated ability in the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy including experiential learning opportunities
• Vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction and technology related to instruction
• Scholarship in the area of pedagogy
• Experience in mentoring undergraduate students


Candidates must apply online at, posting #TR0180206.


Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. Transcript
  4. List of References
  5. Teaching Statement