The Department of Physical Sciences and the Lyman Southwest Geological Science Center at Dixie State University in St. George, UT invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology position to begin August 2019 or January 2020. The preferred candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Geology or a related discipline, particularly with experience in sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or Earth materials. Applicants who are ABD are also encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and develop upper-level courses in sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or Earth materials with a strong field component, in addition to teaching introductory-level geology courses. 

The Physical Sciences department encompasses courses in Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Physics, and Engineering.  More information about the department and its associated programs and faculty can be found online at https://science.dixie.edu/.


  • Teach 24 credits of lecture and laboratory courses each academic year.
  • Teach courses in sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or Earth materials plus courses in the applicant’s field of expertise, as well as general education geology and related fields.
  • Involve undergraduate students in research and experiential-learning projects.
  • Contribute to the developing programs and emphases in Geology, Geoscience, and Environmental Science.
  • Serve on institutional and departmental committees as assigned.
  • Advise students on general education and discipline-specific requirements.
  • Attend department, division, and college faculty meetings; work with other faculty in program management; and adhere to university policies.


  • Ph.D. in Geology or closely related discipline from an accredited college or university is required. Applicants who are ABD will also be considered.
  • Research or teaching background in sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or Earth materials, or related field.
  • Ability to teach sedimentology/stratigraphy and/or Earth materials, plus courses in the applicant’s field of expertise.
  • Evidence of potential for successful teaching at the college level.
  • Interest and expertise must be in teaching at the college level, along with potential interest in developing undergraduate research programs related to geology, geoscience, and environmental science.
  • Interest in field experiences and technology as educational tools.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to work with and assist adjunct laboratory instructors.
  • An eagerness to engage with colleagues, staff, and administrators to develop ways to improve the educational experiences of our students.
  • Postdoctoral experience preferred, but not required.

Supplemental Information

CONTRACT: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position.  Pay & benefits begin August 16 if hired for Fall Semester; pay & benefits begin January 1, 2020 if hired for Spring Semester.  Annual salary of $55,000+, depending on qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching.  Excellent benefits package included-see https://humanresources.dixie.edu/employee-benefits/ under “Example of DSU Benefits” for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES:  Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced, about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check.  If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520. 

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success. DSU has adopted an instructional approach of “active learning. active life” and we seek faculty committed to providing students with an active learning environment. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, DSU is located in picturesque southwestern Utah with its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University. 

Dixie State currently has approximately 9,600 students and has been the fastest growing Utah public institution of higher education over the last two years.  We offer over 180 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases.  DSU seeks to recruit faculty and staff who enthusiastically support the University’s strong commitment to the academic success of all our students, including students of color, students with disabilities, students who are first generation to college, veterans, students with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, and students of diverse sexual orientation and gender expressions.

DSU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The President and employees of Dixie State University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and to its policies of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity in all programs, activities, services, and employment with regard to race / ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, age, status as a person with a disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, and protected veteran’s status.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.