Assistant Professor - Geosciences (Hydrology)

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC, USA 🇺🇸

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Posting Information

Posting NumberFAC604P
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Classification TitleAssistant Professor
Working TitleAssistant Professor – Geosciences (Hydrology) – #000883
DepartmentGeosciences & Natural Resources
About WCUWestern Carolina University has been named to the 2022 “America’s Best Employers by State” list by Forbes, ranking 14 out of the top 100 employers in North Carolina. Western Carolina University is the UNC system’s westernmost campus and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 15 public regional institutions in the South. WCU’s main campus is nestled in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU is located just 25 miles from the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks. The entire region is known for its excellent quality of life and access to outdoor activities.Employees of WCU are provided a comprehensive benefits package as well as other resources, policies and programs to ensure a happy and healthy work/life balance. Benefit eligible employees have access to dental, vision and health insurance plans – eligibility begins on the first of the month following date of hire. Retirement plan contributions begin on the eligibility date following election and include employer contributions for either a defined contribution or a defined benefit plan. Optional disability plans are also available.Also offered are free group exercise classes multiple times per week, a discounted membership to the campus recreation center, and free vaccine and booster shots offered on campus.
Position SummaryThe primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.

The Geosciences Program at Western Carolina University (WCU) invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2023. We seek a hydrologist, or closely allied discipline, with a strong background in the geosciences and significant field experience. The specific area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to those candidates who complement departmental faculty strengths. Potential areas of interests include water quality, climatic change, land cover dynamics, and water resources.

The Geology program is in the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resources, which is also home to major programs in Environmental Science and Natural Resource Conservation and Management. Teaching responsibilities include introductory courses, a course in soils and hydrology, and advanced courses in the candidate’s area of specialization that serve majors in our program and department.

Campus laboratory and field facilities in support of this position are very good. The campus encompasses over 600 acres and includes a hydrologic research station, developed in partnership with the State (DEQ) and NSF support. The department is growing with a strong reputation in the environmental sciences, and a commitment to experiential learning, undergraduate research, and regional engagement. The successful candidate is expected to have a strong commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching, develop a research program that includes some regional focus, provide research opportunities for students, and seek external funding to help support our mission. Further, we value candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to improving access to higher education for students from underrepresented groups.

The candidate should have a PhD in the geosciences; ABD candidates will be considered if they can demonstrate that all requirements for their degree will be complete by August 1, 2023. Degrees must be from an accredited institution. WCU is part of the University of North Carolina system and is committed to the Boyer model of scholarship, the stewardship of place, integrated learning, and engagement in our classrooms and in our communities. The campus is located about 50 miles west of Asheville in the heart of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carnegie statementWCU 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.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum QualificationsThe candidate should have a PhD in the geosciences; ABD candidates will be considered if they can demonstrate that all requirements for their degree will be complete by August 1, 2023. Degrees must be from an accredited institution.
Preferred QualificationsCandidates with teaching experience are preferred.
Position TypePermanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year9

Posting Text

Open Date12/08/2022
Close Date
Open Until FilledYes
Special Instructions to ApplicantsApplications 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) complete contact information for 4 references.

For more information, see or contact search chair, Dr. Mark Lord (

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 3, 2023; the position will remain open until filled.
Background/E-VerifyFinal 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 VerificationAll 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.
AA/EOEWestern 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; political affiliation; National Guard or 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 SafetyThe 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, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) 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.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Teaching Philosophy
  5. Research Statement
  6. List of references

Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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