Assistant Professor – Physical Geography

Orem, Utah, United States
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Job description

Position Category: Faculty – Tenure Track (FT)

Summary:
The Department of Earth Science at Utah Valley University (UVU) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Physical Geography, to begin August 2018. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in physical geography, expertise in remote sensing, applied research projects in physical geography, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Responsibilities will include teaching introductory geography courses and upper division courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, including remote sensing, as well as engaging in scholarship, supervision of undergraduate research, activity in professional organizations, and service. Excellent teaching skills and a strong commitment to effective teaching and undergraduate research are necessary.

UVU is a growing comprehensive state university with over 36,000 students and strong support for undergraduate research. The Department of Earth Science consists of 13 full-time faculty, with a wide range of expertise in geography, geology, and environmental science and management. The department has excellent facilities that include a 24 workstation GIS laboratory and additional high-powered computer workstations, survey-grade Trimble GNSS equipment, low altitude aerial photography capabilities, and geochemical analytical facilities. Our workstations are well equipped with software including ArcGIS, ENVI, AgiSoft, Adobe Creative Cloud, Trimble Pathfinder and Business Center, and Matlab. Our geography program is growing, with a GIS certificate starting in the fall of 2017 and a B.S. degree submitted to the State Board of Regents. The department also offers B.S. programs in Geology, Environmental Science & Management, and Earth Science Education. The department has excellent ties to the University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and Utah State University as well as local industry and governmental organizations.

UVU is located in the Provo-Orem metropolitan area, which has a population of over 500,000. Orem sits at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains, and offers truly outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities including world-class skiing, mountain biking, fishing, and hunting within minutes of town. Salt Lake City is 45 minutes north by high-speed commuter rail and has a major airport and a vibrant cultural scene including highly acclaimed ballet, outdoor concert series, professional sports and more (see www.slcgov.com/arts and www.visitsaltlake.com). In addition, Utah boasts world famous National Parks and National Monuments.

For more information, please visit www.uvu.edu/earthscience and/or contact the search committee co-chairs, Hilary Hungerford (hilary.hungerford@uvu.edu) and Nathan Toke (Nathan.Toke@uvu.edu). To apply, please visit www.uvu.jobs. Applications will be evaluated beginning 12/18/17.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a Ph.D. degree in physical geography or a closely related field required.
  • ABD applicants may be considered but Ph.D. degree must be completed by June 30, 2018.
  • Knowledge and skill in current instructional theories, strategies, techniques, and discipline content.
  • Evidence of potential for scholarly/creative work consistent with a teaching university.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced knowledge of subject matter and course content of the courses to be taught which may include courses emphasizing both theory and practice.
  • Advanced knowledge in the field of physical geography.
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies and techniques in upper and lower division courses.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of program and curriculum development and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and expertise in current trends in education, engaged learning and service learning, learning technologies (e.g. digital technologies for classroom management and distance education), public presentation, outcomes measurement and grant writing.
  • Skills in verbal and written communication.
  • Skills in time management and organization.
  • Skills in problem-solving.
  • Skills in student management, motivation, and evaluation.
  • Skills in instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Skills in operating equipment and software commonly used in data collection and processing in field of expertise.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, agency administrators, and community practitioners from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and initiative in solving problems.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively.
  • Ability to produce scholarly work in field of expertise.
  • Ability to maintain currency on subject matter.
  • Ability to serve on committees and perform service activities.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidate will have the expertise to maintain and develop curriculum and student research in physical geography.
Demonstrable excellence in teaching preferred.

Physical Requirements:
Occasional climbing, bending or stooping, twisting, kneeling, reaching, standing, sitting, walking is required. Lifting of 10-25 lbs, grasping, fine hand manipulation is required. Talking, hearing, seeing, vision ability continuously or frequently necessary.

Benefits Summary:
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

How to apply

Please upload a statement of research as Other Document 1,.Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.

To apply, visit: https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/3591

Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicants qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Utah Valley University (UVU) is a student-centered teaching institution dedicated to building communities of engaged learners by developing its students and employees to be people of integrity who are good stewards of place (their community) and professionally competent in their chosen profession.