Assistant Professor of Geology, Utah Valley University

published Sep 20, 2018 9:35am
- Jan 8, 2019

The Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University (UVU) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in geology, to begin August 2019. In our broad search of talented candidates, we seek a committed educator with expertise in geoscience education, a proven record of effective pedagogy, and a passion for teaching lower-division Earth science courses. Expertise in applied geophysics and/or engineering geology is a plus but is not required. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in geology or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Designing and teaching introductory-level Earth science courses using various delivery methods (i.e., face-to-face, flipped, hybrid, and online courses)
  • Assisting other faculty in designing courses and in developing learning activities that follow sound pedagogical principles
  • Supervising undergraduate research (in science education and/or a geological discipline)
  • Service to the institution

Other possible responsibilities may include participation in our multi-instructor summer field geology capstone course, development of new upper division course(s) in the successful applicant's area of expertise, and coordination of curricula design among full-time faculty and adjunct instructors. A strong commitment to an evidence-based approach to teaching and to undergraduate research are necessary.

About Utah Valley University

UVU, located in Orem, Utah, is a fast-growing comprehensive state institution of higher education with over 36,000 students and strong support for engaged learning. The main campus sits at the western front of the Wasatch Mountains, with superb opportunities for field-based teaching and research. The Department of Earth Science has a 14-member faculty with a strong record of mentoring undergraduate research and offers B.S. programs in Geology, Earth Science Education, Geography, and Environmental Science & Management. It has excellent facilities, including a GEODE seismograph, pXRF, ICP-OES, SEM (EDX, EBSD, and CL-capable), petrographic teaching microscopes, electrical resistivity and magnetometer instruments, as well as a range of other geochemical, remote sensing, surveying, and computing resources. The department also has strong ties to the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, Utah State University, local industry, and governmental organizations.

The Provo-Orem metropolitan area has a population of over 500,000 and excellent access to numerous outdoor recreational activities such as snow sports, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and hunting. Salt Lake City is 45 minutes north by high-speed commuter rail; it has an international airport and a vibrant cultural scene including highly acclaimed symphony, opera, ballet, outdoor concert series, professional sports and more (see In addition, Utah boasts world famous National Parks and Monuments. For more information, please see contact the search committee co-chairs Alessandro Zanazzi ( and Michael Stearns (

Apply by January 7, 2019

To apply, please visit Applications deadline: 1/7/19.

Utah Valley University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled/Equal Access Employer. Utah Valley University is committed to an inclusive hiring process and the welcoming of diverse candidates.