The Department of Geosciences at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for an academic-year (9-month), tenure-track Assistant Professor position with teaching as the major role, with a start date of August 1, 2020. The position is located at the USU-Eastern Campus, the second largest residential campus at USU, and it includes the opportunity for research mentoring of undergraduates and statewide USU Masters-degree students in the Applied Environmental Geoscience program. We seek candidates who conduct innovative teaching at the introductory level and geoscience research in areas that may include: geoscience education, online and distance learning, and physical and historical geology that can take advantage of eastern Utah’s regional geology. This includes but is not limited to sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, paleoecology, dinosaur research, geoarcheology, Quaternary geology, Mesozoic geology, petrology, economic geology, and field geology.


The position involves teaching (70% role) of mostly undergraduate service courses but potentially graduate courses as well, academic research (20%), advising and mentoring of undergraduate and potentially graduate students, and service (10%) to the academic and broader community. Successful candidates will complement our Department’s current strengths and demonstrate outstanding potential for excellence in teaching through multiple delivery modes to statewide students, in addition to local students in Price through online course development, interacting videoconference, face-to-face traditional classrooms experiences, as well as the potential for a research program involving statewide undergraduate and graduate level students.

The Department of Geosciences is especially interested in candidates committed to fostering inclusive learning environments as well as to promoting an environment of diversity and excellence through their teaching, research, and service. Qualified candidates should be devoted to mentoring students and enhancing their educational experiences.


Minimum Qualification:

By the start date, candidates must have a Ph.D. in Geosciences, Earth Sciences, or a closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience or demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching through multiple delivery modes of online courses, interacting videoconference, and traditional face-to-face experiences. Potential for a research program leveraging the central-Utah location and involving statewide undergraduate and graduate students.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Curriculum vitae to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” (please see below)
  2. Names and contact information for three references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile
  3. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  4. A Statement of Teaching Philosophy that includes previous classroom experiences and pedagogy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application under Teaching Philosophy.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (please see below)

Please upload Curriculum vitae into the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV” with the following naming convention:

“Geoeastern_applicant last name and first initial_CV”

For letters of recommendation, applicants are required to direct their referees to submit (upload) their confidential letters directly to a Box folder hosted by USU. The letters submitted on your behalf will be added to the documentation that you have already submitted. Applicants will provide letter writers with the link: https://bit.ly/2udnbQg.

Referee files should be follow the following naming convention:

“Geoeastern_applicant last name and first initial_referee’s last name”.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Benjamin Burger

Search Committee Chair

Department of Geosciences

Utah State University, Uintah Basin Campus

320 North Aggie Blvd.

Vernal, UT 84078

email: benjamin.burger@usu.edu

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**


To apply for this job email your details to benjamin.burger@usu.edu