Overview

The New Mexico Highlands University Environmental Geology Program invites applicants to fill a 9-month three-year Visiting Professorship in Environmental Geology with a focus on Water Resources Science and Stewardship. We seek a broadly trained geoscientist who is dedicated to high impact classroom, field, and laboratory practices in topics that encompass hydrology, hydrogeology, geospatial studies, water resources management, aqueous geochemistry, surface processes, or closely related disciplines.

Responsibilities include teaching a range of natural resources management courses per academic year; serving the University, professional organizations, and the broader community of natural resources stakeholders; supervising Graduate Teaching Assistants; participating in outcomes assessment; and maintaining relationships with industry, tribal, governmental, and non-governmental partners. The successful candidate will possess broad teaching proficiencies, strong interpersonal skills, and a record of or potential for capacity building at NMHU. Applicants who incorporate research and/or service-learning into their courses will be favored.

The NMHU Natural Resources Management Department offers a B.S. in Environmental Geology with concentrations in environmental science, geology, and water resources and Certificate Programs (undergraduate and graduate) in Geographic Information Systems. The Department also offers a Natural Sciences M.S. degree with concentrations in Environmental Science & Management and Geology. Degree programs are strongly interdisciplinary in nature with emphases on the practical application of scientific, management, and social principles to the sustainable use of natural resources. Candidates with interests in interdisciplinary collaborations, field-based teaching and research, GIS, and engagement in local environmental issues are particularly desirable.

The NMHU College of Arts and Sciences, housed within a Hispanic Serving Institution, is dedicated to creating a climate of engagement, diversity and inclusion, and providing pathways for students from under-represented groups to pursue STEM careers. All applicants should have a willingness to work collaboratively with faculty from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds and to advise and teach an undergraduate and graduate student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, culture, and career path.

The incumbent will be expected to engage students in watershed restoration, management, education, and monitoring in partnership with local groups. NMHU has strong ties with the USDA Forest Service, USDI Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, New Mexico Geological Society, New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute (housed on NMHU’s main campus), Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and other private and non-governmental organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach up to three courses (9.0 credits) per semester related to water science, geographic information systems, surface processes, environmental science, and earth science (75%).
  • Engage in outreach and extension activities to grow the Natural Resources Management student enrollment (25%).
  • Participate in department meetings and program development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in accordance with the needs of the discipline and with the responsibilities in the Contingent Faculty Handbook.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a natural resources management field such geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, geospatial studies, water resources management, aqueous geochemistry, surface processes, or closely related disciplines. ABD candidates will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in water resources science and stewardship (monitoring, restoration, education, and guidance).
  • Knowledge of GIS and other software applications commonly used in water resources science as well as traditional office technologies.
  • Ability to teach multiple classes in water resources science and stewardship. Links to the undergraduate and graduate student catalogs can be found at: https://www.nmhu.edu/highlands-university-catalogs/).
  • Experience with field instruction.
  • Ability to conduct and publish scientific research.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals and administering grant projects.
  • Ability to develop and maintain community outreach programs and relationships with partners in governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, industry, and the public.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of tools and techniques of water science and stewardship.
  • Ability to effectively communicate both in writing and speech.
  • Skill in the use of technology to deliver both face-to-face and web-based courses.
  • Ability to direct students in accomplishment of tasks and courses.
  • Ability to be a community partner.
  • Ability to interface well with other science disciplines at NMHU.
  • Ability to bring current research into the classroom to show the application of natural resources concepts and practices to real world problems.
  • Ability to engage students from various undergraduate majors and cultural backgrounds to design a thesis or field project that shows their ability to conduct technical research and effectively communicate results to professional and lay groups.

Work Location: Las Vegas, NM Campus

Posting Number: F179P

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application must include: 1) A letter of application/Cover Letter, 2) Curriculum Vitae, 3) Unofficial copies of terminal degree transcripts, 4) Teaching Philosophy, and 5) Vision for Student-Involved Research. Online application must include names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references. References will be contacted in conjunction with a phone and/or on-campus interview and official transcripts should be requested upon acceptance of the on-campus interview. For more detailed information regarding the position you may contact: Dr. Jennifer Lindline at lindlinej@nmhu.edu. For disabled access or services call 505-454-3242 or TDD 505-454-3003. New Mexico Highlands University is an EEO Employer.