Assistant Professional Track (Water Resources Science & Technology)

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

San Antonio, TX, US

Job Description

Instructional Assistant Professor of Water Resources Science and Technology

Description of the Water Resources Science and Technology Program:
The Department of Science and Mathematics, in the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) invites application for a non-tenure track appointment at the rank of Instructional Assistant Professor beginning in Fall 2020. A regional comprehensive university, A&M-SA has approximately 6,700 students enrolled in undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. Previously an upper division-only institution it transformed rapidly into a comprehensive 4-year urban university with the first cohort of freshmen and sophomores admitted in Fall 2016. Part of the statewide Texas A&M University System, the University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and a women student majority institution.

A&M-SA has launched degree programs in Water Resources Science and Technology (WATR), with the goal of providing quality graduates able to fill the workforce needed in the water sector and to become a premier regional knowledge hub of water science and technology. The program now offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (B.A.A.S.) degree, and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree, providing flexible pathways for prospective students having varying career goals. At all levels, the degree curriculum encompasses the natural water sciences, state-of-the-art water treatment and reclamation technologies, and water conservation management and policies.

A&M-SA’s WATR program is now a part of the alliance program with the Texas A&M University System headquartered on the RELLIS campus (Bryan, TX), offering both the B.S. and B.A.A.S. degrees in WATR in partnership with Blinn College. Blinn College will be the feeder institution, providing a two-year curriculum for students to acquire either an A.A.S. or an A.S. degree. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree will then complete their degree work in A&M-SA’s WATR program at the RELLIS campus. While the appointment will be with A&M-SA in San Antonio, the work location, faculty office, teaching responsibilities, and teaching laboratories will be at the A&M RELLIS campus in Bryan, TX. The successful candidate will be broadly trained in water resources science and technology, willing to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment, familiar with the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, culturally diverse student body, and will adapt to educational practices such as cooperative education, and service learning. A&M-SA faculty and staff are working to implement data driven and proven practices in teaching and learning, including experiential learning, which lead to student persistence and college completion. It seeks faculty who are committed to this vision, and are willing to innovate and experiment. A&M-SA is committed to diversity among faculty and inclusive excellence. This commitment is based on the belief that a diverse faculty enhances the breadth, depth and quality of our students’ educational experiences by providing a variety of role models and mentors for our diverse student population, which helps us to attract, retain, and graduate such students more successfully.

Review of applications will begin one month after posting, and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Description Summary:

This is a non-tenure track position requiring teaching and some administrative duties. The candidates should be able to teach undergraduate-level courses for water and wastewater treatment, water and wastewater chemistry, aquatic sciences, and environmental pollution. They should also have the capacity to set up a new teaching laboratory and conduct laboratory sessions for water chemistry and analysis. The teaching load is a 4/4, but reassigned to a 3/3 in exchange for WATR program coordination at the A&M RELLIS campus. Excellence in teaching at all levels of the curriculum is expected.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Water Science and Engineering, Environmental Geochemistry, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering or a closely related field of study.
  • At least one-year industrial experience in one or more of the following areas: Water basin management agency, groundwater conservation agency, environmental regulatory agency, engineering consulting firms (with waterworks), water service providers, or related work.

Responsibilities:

  • Coordination of the alliance program at the A&M·RELLIS campus (including, but not limited to scheduling of courses, coordinating course-related arrangement with partner institutions, promoting the program as needed).
  • Teach three 3-hour courses per semester.
  • Arrange and conduct lab sessions.
  • Advise students concerning academic progress.
  • Service and committee work at the program, department, college, university, community, and profession levels.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.
  • Strong self-discipline and ability to work independently.
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to interact with students from diverse backgrounds.

Required Licenses and Certifications:

  • A Driver’s License is required, as frequent site investigation and stakeholder engagement activities are expected for the position.

Finalists will be required to provide three current, original letters of recommendation to the Search
Committee Chair at the address listed below. The letters should be less than one year old and should bear the writer’s actual signature. Prior to issuing a letter of appointment, official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution by the Office of Academic Affairs, TAMU-SA, One University Way, San Antonio, TX 78224. We cannot accept transcripts issued directly to the candidate. If transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the prospective faculty member to have the transcript translated and evaluated by an approved credential evaluator.

For questions, please contact the following:
Instructional Assistant Professor of Water Resources Science and Technology
c/o Michelle Gonzales (email: [email protected])
Texas A&M University-San Antonio

One University Way

San Antonio, TX 78224
Department of Science & Mathematics

The selected candidates must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for this position.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Please make sure to provide the following documents:

  • Application
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A cover letter
  • A statement of purpose including a biography, and teaching philosophy
  • Contact information for three references that will provide letters of recommendation, if requested.

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting an application. Once the application process is submitted, no changes or revisions may be made.

For detailed instructions on how to apply for any positions on our website, please use the following link:

http://www.tamusa.edu/humanresources/job-opportunities/index.html

Summary of Employee Benefits

http://www.tamusa.edu/documents/hr/summary-of-employees-benefits-2019.pdf

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting the application. Once application is submitted, no changes or revisions can be made.

In compliance with ADA, if accommodations are needed for the application process, please contact HR at {210) 784-2058.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


POSITION TYPE

ORGANIZATION TYPE

EXPERIENCE-LEVEL

DEGREE REQUIRED