The Geosciences Department at Union College invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level beginning Fall 2024. We seek an outstanding geoscience scholar and teacher who will establish an innovative research program motivated by environmental change with clear societal relevance. Potential areas of research could include, but are not limited to, atmospheric sciences and extreme weather, cryosphere dynamics, coastal processes and hazards, alternative energy resources, or urban and built environments. Research may involve field work, laboratory analyses, experimentation, interpretation of large data sets, and/or computer modeling. We are especially interested in candidates who are enthusiastic about providing undergraduate research opportunities, mentoring of students, and cultivating a diverse learning community. The successful candidate will offer an introductory Geoscience course accessible to both majors and non-majors (thereby contributing to the new general education curriculum: https://www.union.edu/common-curriculum/general-education-union) and two upper-level classes (all classes with lab sections) that complement our existing areas of expertise (see https://www.union.edu/geosciences). The position is within the Department of Geosciences, but may also contribute to our programs in Environmental Science, Policy, and Engineering, and a new major in Environmental Engineering.
The Department of Geosciences at Union College is committed to teaching and mentoring students in the classroom and in our active research programs. The Department is well equipped for the analysis of water, rock, and sediment and is home to LA-ICP-MS, stable isotope, ion chromatography, and sediment core laboratories, as well as shared analytical facilities within the sciences (including, SEM, HPLC, and XRD) available for research and teaching (see https://www.union.edu/geosciences/geology-equipment). The College is situated in close proximity to both the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains (see https://muse.union.edu/adirondack/), the Mohawk River, numerous lakes, and urban and suburban areas. This provides a fascinating and diverse regional geology that drives vibrant field research and teaching.
Union College is a small, highly selective liberal arts college with strengths in science and engineering located in Schenectady, NY, a culturally rich and economically diverse city in New York State's Capital Region within three hours from New York City, Boston, and Montreal. The salary for this position will be $80,000-82,000, commensurate with experience. Union offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision insurance, life and disability coverage, and generous retirement and tuition benefit packages. For more information, please visit our website: https://www.union.edu/human-resources/benefits.
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union College, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. We strongly encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. Our goal is not only to increase diversity but also to support a diverse environment in which people from varied backgrounds can succeed and thrive. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues.
All candidates must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in a geoscience-related field. Successful candidates will demonstrate the potential to develop an independent research program, as evidenced by scholarship and productivity during graduate and/or postdoctoral activities. Preference will also be given to those who have a demonstrated interest in undergraduate research and teaching. Successful candidates will detail an interest, understanding, and commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion – with preference for a demonstrated ability to contribute to inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the geosciences through education, research, and/or service.
Interested candidates should submit the following via our portal at http://jobs.union.edu. We will begin review of applications on Sept. 20, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, the application portal will close Oct. 20, 2023. Please submit the following with your application: 1) Cover letter, 2) CV, 3) Statement of research experience and interests, 4) Statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and the proposed upper-level courses that complement our existing courses, and 5) Statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You will be asked to include names and contact information for three references through our online application system at jobs.union.edu. An email will be sent automatically to references requesting a letter of recommendation. For additional information or questions please contact D.P. Gillikin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.
Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.
Diversity at Union College
Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.
Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.