Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

Purpose of PositionThe Department of Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin August 2020. We will consider candidates who have achieved ABD status.

This new position is a part of our strategy with a focus on strengthening research, basic and applied, and teaching in geosciences at NKU. Applicants must have expertise in at least one of the following areas: stratigraphy, tectonics, petrology, hydrogeology or environmental geology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach both introductory and upper-level undergraduate classes, pursue an active research program that includes undergraduate students, and participate in co-curricular departmental activities.

The Geology program has five full-time faculty and approximately fifty undergraduate Geology majors and minors. Our program provides students with classroom and field-based learning opportunities in diverse fields including geology, geophysics, and environmental science. For more information on the Geology Program at NKU please visit:


The department offers baccalaureate degrees in physics, engineering physics, geology, and three specialties in engineering technology as well as pre-engineering transfer programs.

The faculty of the department include eleven tenured/tenure-track faculty and twelve full-time lecturers.

More information about the department can be found in the web page,


NKU, located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati in an area offering an outstanding quality of life, is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people.

Our institution is built on core values that emphasize multidimensional excellence, learner-centered education, civic engagement, multiculturalism, innovation, collegiality, and collaboration across disciplines and professional fields.

The Department of Physics, Geology, and Engineering Technology is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

For additional information on NKU visit http://www.nku.edu.

Primary ResponsibilitiesThe position responsibilities of the successful candidate for this job position include, but not limited to:

  • Teach introductory geology courses
  • Teach upper level courses, including in the faculty member’s specialty
  • Establish an active and sustainable research program that involves NKU’s undergraduate students, promotes student engagement, and improves the quality of undergraduate learning
  • Participate in service activities of the department
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students


  • Doctorate in Earth Sciences or related field is required
  • Expertise in at least one of the following fields: stratigraphy, tectonics, petrology, hydrogeology and environmental geology
  • Demonstrated effective teaching experience at the undergraduate-level is required
  • Committed to establishing a research program in the geological sciences that involves training and mentoring undergraduate student researchers
  • Proven record of scholarly research in the geological sciences
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students with diverse social identities and backgrounds

Candidates should submit: a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of a research plan, a personal philosophy on student diversity and inclusion, and contact information (email and phone number) of at least three references.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Nathan De Lee (deleenm@nku.edu) for any questions.

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education: Doctorate

Preferred Education: Doctorate

Requisition Number: 2019F413