Visiting Assistant Professor of Geosciences

published Apr 15, 2020 8:20am

The Department of Geosciences at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor position for the 2020-21 academic year beginning September 1, 2020. We seek candidates who are committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students using inclusive and engaging practices and have the breadth and flexibility to meet the needs of our students and Geosciences program. Teaching responsibilities include an upper-division course in hydrogeology, an introductory general education course and a freshman inquiry seminar. In addition, mentoring of senior Capstone projects is expected.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

To design and teach an upper-division course in Hydrogeology, teach lower-division general education course in the Conservation of Natural Resources, teach a first-year seminar course, and mentor a few senior Capstone projects.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Some experience with geo-fluids that in some way support the teaching of Hydrogeology at the upper-division level. Ability to contribute to fostering diversity of the campus, curriculum, and/or discipline.

Required Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Geosciences or closely related field. ABD will be considered, but PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2020.

Preferred Qualifications:

Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Apply Here to submit your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial graduate transcripts, contact information for two references, and a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.

For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Peter Davis, Chair of Geosciences at

Other Information:

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.

PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

At PLU, diversity is intrinsic to the vitality of learning, resilience and growth. The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2018-19 academic year, 42 percent of incoming first-year students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 33 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.