Assistant Professor: Water Resources Management

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC, United States
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Posting Number FAC297P
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Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor-Water Resources Management #000723
Department Geosciences & Natural Resources

Position Summary

The Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources at Western Carolina University is seeking applications for a 9-month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management (NRCM) to begin August 2019. The Department is home to programs in geology, natural resources, environmental science, and geography, which all share a commitment to excellence in teaching and undergraduate research. Students working toward a BS in NRCM select a concentration in either a forest resources or soil and water conservation.

We seek candidates with a background in water resources management with experience in stream restoration, aquatic resources management, wetlands management, or soil and water conservation. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and provide experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities include introductory NRCM courses, a course in watershed management, a course in soil conservation, and a course related to the candidate’s area of expertise. The teaching load also includes participation WCU’s general education curriculum. Candidates are expected to develop a research program that incorporates undergraduate students.

Western Carolina University is an 11,000-student, regional comprehensive university within the University of North Carolina system. It is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Inclusiveness and diversity are academic imperatives and thus are university goals. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

WCU is situated in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. WCU and the surrounding area offer a wide range of field and laboratory facilities.

WCU strives to be a community supportive of diverse perspectives and identities among its faculty and students.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate should have a PhD in a relevant field at the time of hire; ABDcandidates will be considered during the application process.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Months Per Year 9

Open Until Filled Yes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications must be submitted online and include 1) a resume/curriculum vitae; 2) a cover letter; 3) transcripts (unofficial acceptable); 4) a statement of teaching philosophy; 5) a statement of research interests that includes discussion of potential student involvement, and 6) a list with complete contact information for 4 references. Candidates should describe ways their research and teaching activities would help to foster an environment of inclusivity. Please contact the search chair, Peter Bates ( ) if you have specific questions about the position or see for more general information. Application review will begin by January 14, 2019, and the job remains open until filled.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at .

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.