Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice

Tucson, Arizona, United States

Job description

The Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science (SWES) seeks a Professor of Practice to lead Department efforts to establish and deliver a fully online undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. This is a 9-month teaching position (1.0 FTE) and is non-tenure eligible, Assistant or Associate rank with opportunities to advance in rank (Assistant to Associate; Associate to Full), and subject to renewable one-year contracts. This new faculty position will work to migrate existing Environmental Science (ENVS) courses online and to develop new online courses with the dual goals of expanding access to ENVS classes and developing a fully online B.S. degree program in Environmental Science within 4 years. Our goal is to integrate state-of-the-art pedagogical and technological approaches to create accessible and quality online courses in compliance with the “Quality Matters” program. This involves strategically transforming learning materials and objectives into interactive and engaging online delivery. The successful candidate will work with the University of Arizona’s Office of Digital Learning and Office of Instruction and Assessment to transfer and develop course content and assessment methods that will enhance student engagement and learning in the online environment.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
Initially, duties of this position will focus on transforming existing in-person courses into exciting, interactive, and engaging online formats. After the online degree program is established, the Professor of Practice will design, maintain, and upgrade the suite of online offerings and develop new online offerings as the curriculum continues to evolve. For this reason, we view this Professor of Practice as a permanent faculty position. Specific courses to be taught will be depend on the candidate’s expertise and course offerings, which are subject to change from semester to semester.

Primary duties include:

  • Prepare and update materials to migrate current courses from in-person to online. Initial courses include Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Microbiology Environmental Physics, Soil Physics, and Scientific Writing.
  • Design new online courses that will attract new students.
  • Teach online courses within the ENVS major
  • Oversee evaluations and quality assurance of the online course offerings
  • Research and adapt best-practices for online teaching in terms of both technology and pedagogies.

Additional responsibilities associated with this position include:

  • Help to lead recruitment and retention efforts of the SWES Department through outreach to prospective students
  • Maintain and update the SWES Department website, social media, internal and external communications regarding events, activities and programs
  • Oversee collection of information for and publication of the new web-based quarterly Environmental Science Newsletter
  • Serve on academic committees as directed by the Head of the Department
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An advanced degree (Ph.D. or M.S) with training and experience in online instructional approaches to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • Teaching and student-mentoring experience in traditional and online classroom settings at a college or university level.
  • Demonstrated ability to design college/university-level courses.

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. or Ph.D. in natural sciences (e.g. Environmental Science, Soil Science, Geology, Biology, Physics, or a related discipline).
  • Extensive experience in the design, development, and teaching of traditional and online courses at the college/university level.
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, engage, and motivate students.
  • A working knowledge of “Quality Matters” to assess and guarantee the efficacy of online courses.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary work.

How to apply

Apply online

Posted Rate of Pay
$75,000 Annually

Type of criminal background check required
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Desired Start Date 08/07/2017

Diversity Statement
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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