Assistant Professor of Geosciences

published Oct 9, 2019 12:44pm

Oct 9, 2019

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Contact Information:

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Job Description:

Nevada State College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Geosciences with specialization in any of the following fields: Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Geoscience, Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Geomorphology, Medical Geology, Geoscience Education, or any other field that can improve the offerings of the Environmental & Resource Science Program to begin Fall 2020. The selected candidate will join a dynamic, and interdisciplinary team in the Department of Physical and Life Sciences, which supports Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Resource Science, Biology, and Mathematics, as well as new degrees in Human Health Sciences and Chemistry in development.

About Nevada State College Founded in 2002, Nevada State College (NSC) is a four-year public college located on a developing 512-acre campus in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada (adjacent to Las Vegas). Our faculty members enjoy the rare opportunity to mold the college as it continues to grow into a cornerstone of higher education in Southern Nevada. NSC faculty work in state-of-the-art facilities that feature "smart" classrooms and a Finance Lab that allows students to use real-world and timely information during class. The average class size across campus is 27 students. For more information about NSC Watch This.

NSC serves over 5,000 students who are highly diverse and largely underserved; a majority of our students are first generation, racial/ethnic minorities, parents, and/or returning students. As a teaching-oriented institution, our faculty focus on high-quality instruction, engaging learning experiences, and innovative techniques to improve student learning.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement At Nevada State College, we celebrate the storied backgrounds of our campus community. We operate with a shared commitment to represent and serve the diverse population of Nevada and to encourage the exchange of ideas that respects and honors the lived experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. We foster a culture of inclusive excellence so our members can live authentically, fully engage, and flourish. To strengthen the college and progress its mission, the college dedicates itself to intentional and ongoing reflection to meet the evolving needs of NSC, the surrounding communities, and the State of Nevada.

Throughout your application materials, we encourage you to highlight your background in fostering an inclusive campus culture and supporting the success of students who are historically underrepresented in higher education. For example, your efforts might include contributions in the areas of teaching, mentoring, advising, research, and/or institutional service.

Primary Responsibilities Our new colleague will be expected to teach lower and upper division courses within the Environmental & Resource Science program and develop new courses in the area of the candidate's expertise. Courses should include current offerings, such as Environmental Science, Meteorology, Geology, Soils, Environmental Pollution, Toxicology, Geographic Information Systems, Hydrology, or Statistics.

We hope to find a colleague with a strong background in Geoscience, interest and potential to collaborate in interdisciplinary opportunities in research and curriculum development among faculty and students. While teaching is the primary focus at Nevada State College, some scholarly activities (within the discipline or in the scholarship of teaching and learning) are also expected and involvement of undergraduates in research projects is encouraged. Faculty in the department have had undergraduate research supported by NSF EPSCoR and NIH INBRE funding. The department has a Raspberry shake seismograph, a sandbox table, a weather station (to be installed), plus a dedicated undergraduate research lab with equipment, such as a mass spectrometer, scanning fluorometer, traditional and real-time PCR thermocyclers, flow cyclometer (including an imaging flow cytometer), HPLC and GC, capillary electrophoresis, and a BSL-2 certified lab.
  • Teach 24 credits per academic year (aside from the first year, as noted above)
  • Teach lower- and upper-division courses in the Environmental and Resource Sciences program
  • Help foster practical, hands-on experiences for students within the classroom, through undergraduate research experiences, and as internship opportunities
  • Serve on departmental and college-wide committees
  • Engage in scholarly activity within your discipline or in the scholarship of teaching and learning

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Geoscience or a related field. Candidates who are ABD are eligible to apply with the expectation that the Ph.D. will be completed by July 31, 2020
  • Evidence of strong commitment to teaching, mentoring, and working with undergraduate students
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse, non-traditional, first-generation student population
  • Evidence of scholarly productivity and potential
  • Eligible to work in the United States (note: NSC currently does not sponsor visas for international employees)
Please note: Applicants must meet the posted minimum qualifications at the time of application in order to be considered for the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of instructional effectiveness at the college/university level
  • Commitment to active/experiential learning
  • Experience or interest in developing curriculum at the college/university level
  • Interest in helping build interdisciplinary geoscience curriculum

Rank, Salary & Benefits:

  • Assistant Professor, Tenure-track
  • Budgeted salary for this position is $60,000 (9-month appointment)
  • Nevada State College offers excellent benefits, including 15.25% retirement match, beginning balance of 30 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and two health insurance plans that can be supplemented with flexible spending accounts or health savings accounts

Special Instructions for Internal NSHE Applicants:

NSC employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE, UNLV, CSN, TMCC, WNC, UNR, GBC, and DRI) MUST use the "Find Jobs" process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at NSC and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site.

If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s):

Please upload the following documents:
  • Detailed CV or resume listing relevant qualifications and experience;
  • Letter of interest indicating why you are a good fit for the position and Nevada State College;
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy;
  • Names and contact information of three references, at least one of whom can speak to your teaching ability (you will be notified before references are contacted).

The search committee may ask for more materials at later stages in the application process.

Throughout your application materials, we encourage you to highlight your background in fostering an inclusive campus culture and supporting the success of students who are historically underrepresented in higher education.

Applications that do not include the required uploaded documents may not be considered.

Note to Applicant:

Review of applications will begin immediately. Although the position will remain open until an appointment is made, applicants should submit their materials by December 15, 2019 to ensure full consideration. NSC is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and racial minorities.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in their cover letter. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

Nevada State College does not currently sponsor Visas, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States without sponsorship.

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