Geology Department - Affiliate Professor position

published May 24, 2023 4:29pm

The Job
The Department of Geology at Grand Valley State University invites applications for an Affiliate Professor position for the 2023-2024 academic year. The Affiliate Professor will teach entry-level general education courses, where recruitment of majors is a priority.

The University
Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students' social mobility.

Grand Rapids
The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities. Grand Valley is within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and GVSU is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

About the job
This is a nine-month appointment that is subject to renewal each year for up to 3 years. An M.S. or Ph.D in the geosciences or related fields is required. Candidates with a Ph.D. or ABD in the geosciences with some demonstrated teaching and research experience are preferred.
The Affiliate Professor will teach entry-level general education courses, where recruitment of majors is a priority, such as Physical Geology with labs, Environmental Geology, Oceanography, and theme-based courses such as Living with the Great Lakes. A preferred qualification is if the candidate is able to contribute to lower and upper division courses related to solid earth materials including minerology/petrology and/or tectonics. 
Class sizes of courses range from 25 to 120 students, with most being around 40. There is also the opportunity to work with undergraduates in a senior seminar course in which students work with faculty mentors to complete a research project.

Job Requirements
In addition to these discipline specific requirements, candidates must have:
Experience in, demonstrated understanding of, or interest in social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Materials needed to apply: 
For details about submission please find Geology Affiliate position at

Application materials should be sent to Dr. Merritt DeLano-Taylor by June 15, 2023.