Assistant Professor of Environment & Sustainability (Earth Science) via HigherEdJobs

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH, USA 🇺🇸

Type: Full-Time
Posted: 09/06/2022
Category: Geology, Earth Sciences, and Oceanography

The Department of Environment and Sustainability at Ohio Wesleyan University is a growing, interdivisional program with majors in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, and Geography at a nationally-ranked undergraduate liberal arts institution. We seek a broadly trained individual with an earth sciences background and teaching and research abilities in hydrology and/or soils with an interest in contributing to applied work in environmental/natural resource management. We strongly encourage candidates who can address social and environmental justice as part of their teaching and research to apply. Interdisciplinarity, flexibility, and creativity in teaching, research, and service are important. Candidates should address how they will integrate OWU’s signature program, the OWU Connection, in their research and teaching. The OWU Connection emphasizes experiential learning such as funded, student theory-into-practice research, internships, creative projects, service learning, and travel learning. Candidates should explain how they will help build a diverse and inclusive campus community as part of their teaching and research. Finally, candidates should describe their ideas for innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to the challenges facing higher education in the coming decades.


Position responsibilities include three courses per semester, including a broad introductory earth science course. The successful faculty candidate will also develop new courses drawing on their expertise in soils, hydrology, and/or environmental management that are interdisciplinary, flexible, and DEI-focused, such as (for example) Indigenous and Western Science: Water, Soil and Environment, or The Mississippi River Watershed: Past and Present. Faculty at OWU are given significant autonomy in the development of their courses. Resources are provided for course technology and fieldwork, and professional funds for travel and research. 

This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinarity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia. For more information about the cluster, please visit For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, please visit


  • The successful candidate must have a Ph.D., or be on track to complete their Ph.D., by August 2023, in an earth science-related field, including geography, geoscience, hydrology. 
  • Proven record of successful teaching experience and an active research agenda.

Completed application packets will include:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Teaching statement
  3. Diversity statement

We will request a current curriculum vita, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts upon an initial review of submitted letters of interest.

Please submit all materials via our website

This position is eligible for a comprehensive benefits package.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on 15 October, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

About Ohio Wesleyan. Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest recently named “Silicon Midwest” as a tech region. Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.

To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

NOTE: OWU requires COVID-19 vaccination of all employees. Candidates who accept offers of employment must be able to provide proof of their vaccination status before their employment can be processed.

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY is a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus in Delaware, Ohio. OWU is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all. OWU celebrates diversity and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified individuals will not be disadvantaged based on being unemployed.