Assistant Professor of Hydrogeology via HigherEdJobs

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO, United States 🇺🇸

The Department of Geosciences at Fort Lewis College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in the field of Hydrogeology at the Assistant Professor level commencing in the fall semester of 2019. Responsibilities include teaching courses in groundwater and introductory geology, contributing to the new Environmental Science program, and advising undergraduate research within the Department of Geosciences.

Required Qualifications

  • A completed Ph.D. by August 14, 2019 in hydrogeology or a closely related discipline
  • Potential for excellence in undergraduate teaching
  • Active engagement or interest in research and scholarship involving undergraduate students
  • Proven commitment to teach and mentor students on interdisciplinary topics, and take an active role in extra-curricular, student-centered activities that broaden the undergraduate academic experience
  • Ability to teach courses in groundwater geology
  • Ability to teach introductory geology courses

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A research focus on groundwater and water resources, particularly as it is applied to Geosciences
  • Ability to advise undergraduate research in hydrogeology of the interior western US
  • Ability to contribute to an interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences program
  • Ability to teach undergraduate courses in aqueous geochemistry and/or geophysics

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Teaching load is 24 credits per year, an average of 12 contact hours per week.
  • Groundwater, introductory geology courses, undergraduate research courses, and other courses as needed.

About the Department and the GIS Certificate Program

The Department of Geosciences consists of six tenured or tenure-track faculty and one full-time lecturer, and all are committed to enthusiastic, high-quality teaching, and are active in research, particularly with undergraduates. The department offers a B.S. degree in Geology and a Certificate in GIS. Both the Geology major and the GIS Certificate program have seen substantial growth over the past several years. In 2017, Both Geosciences and GIS moved into our spectacular new Geology, Physics and Engineering building, Sitter Family Hall. This $35-million, 60,000 ft2 academic building houses state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces designed for the particular needs of each program.

About the College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a selective public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,400 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Application Process
All required materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document. The
following items are required for a complete application.

  • A Letter of Application specifically addressing how you meet the qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A narrative description (1-2 pages) of undergraduate teaching interests and philosophy
  • A narrative description (1-2 pages) of proposed hydrogeology-focused research/design projects
  • A list of at least three professional references (confidential letters of recommendation will be requested for selected candidates)
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable at time of application; official transcripts and passing a background check per state law are a condition of employment for the successful candidate)

Application materials should be sent via e-mail to: [email protected].

All e-mail submissions must include the applicant’s first and last name, the phrase “GeoSearch”, and “Application Packet” in the subject line, e.g., .

Submit a single PDF file containing the requested materials as an attachment to your email.

We advise using the Request Delivery Receipt option in your e-mail client as a confirmation that your application was received.

Only those applications received by November 1, 2018 will be given full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Inquiries about the position may be addressed to Dr. Kim Hannula at [email protected] .