Assistant Teaching Professor of Geospatial Science and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environ Science

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The Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University invites applications for two positions: an Assistant Teaching Professor (continuing non-tenure track) position in Geospatial Science and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science position, both starting in August 2023. The Department of Geography and the Environment serves as a multidisciplinary academic unit linking the social and natural sciences within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across the curriculum at Villanova University. The Department of Geography and the Environment offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Science and B.A. degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. The Department’s overarching objective is to integrate the disciplines of geography and environmental science in seeking to understand the spatial patterns of human systems and landscapes, environmental processes, and the effects of people on the environment. We foster an atmosphere of open dialogue and incorporate innovative classroom instruction, creative laboratory and field experiences, and student-led research to ensure a high quality of learning and teaching. Our goal is to develop students and faculty who engage in and are dedicated to critical thinking, open-ended problem solving, and a lifetime of learning. Our new colleague should have experience in, or the potential for, building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service.

Assistant Teaching Professor of Geospatial Science (Continuing Nontenure Track)

The position is 9-month academic appointment, and the incumbent will teach four courses per semester. We seek a colleague to teach in the geospatial, geographical, and environmental sciences to support the growth of the Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Our new colleague will broaden the scope of expertise among the faculty, expand the teaching opportunities within the Department, and contribute to excellence across our programs. Our new colleague will develop and teach geospatial lecture and laboratory science courses for undergraduate Geography, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies majors and graduate students in the M.S. in Environmental Science program. A Ph.D. in geography, geospatial science, environmental science, or related field is required; ABD candidates will be considered, though a PhD is required at the start of the appointment. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach introductory and upper-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses as well as applied geospatial courses. GIS courses are required across all undergraduate majors as well as the graduate program in the Department, and we are especially interested in candidates who promote interdisciplinary understanding across the geospatial, geographical, and environmental sciences. While this is largely a teaching position, our colleague will be invited to undertake collaborative research and student mentoring. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching will contribute to the Department’s commitment to diversity and academic excellence, whose teaching holds the promise of incorporating geospatial technologies to complement the geographical and environmental sciences, and who will enhance the Department’s academic programs. The successful candidate will provide evidence of teaching effectiveness and compelling plans to develop student–professor research partnerships. Opportunity for promotion to Associate Teaching Professor and Full Teaching Professor exist with demonstrated excellence and leadership in teaching, ongoing engagement with their professional discipline, and service to the institution. Apply online at: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/24396.

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science (One Year)

The position is a 9-month academic appointment, and the incumbent will teach four courses per semester (4/4 teaching load). We seek a colleague to teach in the environmental sciences to support the growth of the Department’s graduate and undergraduate programs. Our new colleague will broaden the scope of expertise among the faculty, expand the teaching opportunities within the Department, and contribute to excellence across our programs. Our new colleague will largely be responsible for teaching the introductory environmental science lecture and laboratory two-semester sequence for undergraduate Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors (typically one combined lecture with three laboratory sections each semester) with support from the Department’s environmental science laboratory manager and graduate assistants. A Ph.D. in environmental science or related field is required; ABD candidates will be considered. The introductory environmental science course sequence provides the academic foundation for the environmental majors in our program, and the successful candidate will clearly demonstrate the ability to teach these courses and provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. Although this is a teaching position, undertaking collaborative research and student mentoring is an essential aspect of the position. We seek a colleague who demonstrates ongoing scholarly engagement within their academic discipline and describes compelling plans to develop student–professor research partnerships. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds is essential. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching will contribute to the Department’s commitment to diversity and academic excellence and who will enhance the Department’s academic programs. Apply online at: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/24378.

Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metro region. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of the University’s and the Department’s missions. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect, and can contribute to the University’s mission and values. The Department is committed to maintaining, fostering, and celebrating a community that includes people of all ages, genders, abilities, races, ethnic origins, religions, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, creed, and political views. For a more detailed description of the Department, please consult https://www1.villanova.edu/university/liberal-arts-sciences/programs/geography-environment.html. The Department values dynamic and diverse faculty members who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service. We ask that applicants submit a Statement of Contribution to the Mission along with other application materials. Please review Villanova University’s Mission Statement and Enduring Commitments (https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/president/about_university/mission.html), the University’s Diversity Statement (https://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/provost/diversity/diversitystatement.html), and the Department of Geography and the Environment’s Mission Statement (https://www1.villanova.edu/university/liberal-arts-sciences/programs/geography-environment/guiding-principles.html) and reflect (in no more than two pages) on how you would contribute to the University’s and Department’s mission in this position.

How to apply

The online application for both positions should include:

  1. Brief letter of application indicating your interest and suitability Curriculum vitae Statement of teaching philosophy (no more than two pages) Statement of plans for continued scholarly engagement and student mentoring (no more than two pages) Statement of contribution to mission (no more than two pages; see above) Graduate and undergraduate transcripts The names and contact information for three referees. When selected for an interview, confidential letters of recommendation will be requested from the applicant’s referees via email and must be submitted directly by referees to the online application.

Review of application materials will begin 1 October 2022 and will continue until the positions are filled. Questions about the positions can be directed to the department chair, Dr. Nathaniel Weston at [email protected].

Villanova University is a private university located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the United States. Named for Saint Thomas of Villanova, the school is the oldest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.