Visiting Assistant Professor (Surficial Geology and Hydrology)

Gustavus Adolphus College

St Peter, MN, USA 🇺🇸

Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time one-year position of Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Geology to begin September 1, 2022.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: Geology is a collegial department that prioritizes high-quality teaching, faculty-student research, and field experiences. We strive to create inclusive work and learning environments, and we support fieldtrips in all courses. We are located in a newly renovated state-of-the-art building and have strong relationships with colleagues from other departments. We also have cutting-edge instrumentation including a new scanning electron microscope that faculty are welcome to use in teaching and/or research.

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 7 course equivalents (including lecture and lab sections), one of which will be a one-month January Term intensive course determined by the candidate and appropriate to the candidate’s expertise. Primary teaching responsibilities will include geomorphology, upper-level applied geosciences (e.g., hydrogeology, soil science, remediation, etc.), introductory environmental geology, and a possible special topics course of the candidate’s choice.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by April 13, 2022. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit syllabi and/or course materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in geoscience (or a related field); we will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status and who will complete their degree by September 1, 2022
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to undergraduate student-faculty research
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching introductory courses and upper-level geomorphology and hydrogeology courses
  • Existing research program that can accommodate undergraduate participation
  • Experience/connections with geoscience industries or employers


Laura Triplett | [email protected] | 507-933-7442

Posted: Fri Mar 18, 2022