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Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology

Company: Western Washington University
Location: Bellingham
Posted on: September 2, 2019

Job Description:

Assistant Professor of Igneous Petrology The Geology Department at WWU invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position with specialty in Igneous Petrology to begin Sept 16, 2020. We seek individuals who are enthusiastic about teaching and who will establish a vigorous research program, and are particularly interested in those who will combine field and analytical, experimental or modeling approaches in their research, and who will involve undergraduate and Masters-level students in their research. The ideal candidate will enhance our existing strengths in geoscience teaching and research by developing new courses and research avenues in igneous petrology. Broad areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the timescales of magmatic processes, the evolution of the continental crust, mantle, oceanic lithosphere/ocean island/mid-ocean ridge processes, the recycling of elements and volatiles within arc magmas and subduction systems, and links between tectonic and magmatic processes. About the Geology Department: The Geology Department and the College of Science and Engineering support WWU's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. The Geology Department presently has 14 faculty members with teaching and research fields that include igneous and metamorphic processes, tectonics and structural geology, geophysics, surficial processes and geomorphology, hydrogeology and engineering geology, science education, paleontology, stable isotope geochemistry, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and planetary geoscience. Our department includes a large (150 majors) undergraduate program, and a vibrant MS program with 30 graduate students. The goal of the program is to help students develop into confident, thoughtful, ethical scientists ready to address the growing challenges affecting our planet through the study of the geosciences. About the University: Western Washington University (WWU), with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, surrounded by the rich geological settings of the San Juan Islands, Mt Baker, and the Cascade mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Position Responsibilities:

  • Teach Mineralogy (Geol 306), Petrology (Geol 406), and Earth Materials (Geol 311)
  • Teach advanced courses in faculty specialty
  • Teach or contribute to teaching field-based courses in petrology and field mapping
  • Participate in service activities of the Geology Department
  • Fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students
  • Establish an active research program that can be sustained at a primarily undergraduate institution
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate (Master's) students' research projects
  • Seek extramural research funding Required Qualifications:
    • PhD in geological sciences or a closely related field, completed at the time of application.
    • Evidence of the ability to effectively teach Mineralogy, Petrology, and Earth Materials.
    • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, cultivating learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds
    • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, establishing a high-quality research program in geology that includes mentoring and training of undergraduate and graduate student researchers
    • Demonstrated record of, or commitment to, obtaining external research funding Preferred Qualifications:
      • Postdoctoral experience and strong research record in appropriate geoscience fields
      • Teaching experience using student-centered approaches to foster active learning
      • Evidence of the ability to teach upper-division and graduate courses in Geology
      • Evidence of the ability to teach field petrology or field mapping WWU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, Vietnam-era veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. WWU is sensitive to and has a policy addressing dual career assistance. For disability accommodation, call the Employee Relations-Disability Specialist at or (TTY). All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before beginning work at WWU. WWU is committed to fostering a safe learning and working environment. Our Annual Campus Security Report includes information on campus crime and WWU safety policies and procedures. For a paper copy, call Human Resources at , TTY . For alternate formats, call .
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