[ES_JOBS_NET] Tenure-track Earth Scientist position (assistant professor) at St. Olaf College

Brian P Borovsky borovsky at stolaf.edu
Fri Sep 23 08:34:58 MDT 2016

*Tenure-track faculty position in Physics / Environmental Studies (Earth

*St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota*


The Department of Physics and Department of Environmental Studies at St.
Olaf College invite applications for a jointly appointed Earth Scientist.
Responsibilities will include teaching core courses at all levels in
Physics and Environmental Studies, including courses in Geophysics, and
Global Climate Change. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential
for developing a research program in the earth sciences amenable to
participation by undergraduate students and demonstrating potential for
external funding. Post-doctoral experience and/or prior teaching experience
is desirable and a PhD in an Earth Science field by Sept. 1, 2017
required.  Evaluation of completed applications will begin on January 20,

*Full description:*

The Department of Physics and Department of Environmental Studies at St.
Olaf College invite applications for a full-time, jointly-appointed tenure
track position in Earth Science at the Assistant Professor level to begin
in August 15, 2017.

The successful candidate will contribute to curricular and scholarly
activity in both departments, and will be expected to teach 1) core courses
at all levels in the physics major, and 2) Geophysics, Global Climate
Change, and core interdisciplinary and special topics courses in
environmental studies. We are particularly interested in applicants who
will contribute to the departments’ commitment to increasing access and
opportunities for populations which are currently under-represented in
areas such as Physics, Earth Science, and Environmental Studies. Start-up
funds are available.

*Qualifications. *Candidates must

●       hold a Ph.D. in an Earth Science field by September 1, 2017

●       show potential for excellence in teaching in a liberal arts setting
and for developing a research program amenable to participation by
undergraduate students

●       have the ability to teach at all levels in the undergraduate
physics and environmental studies curricula

Additional desirable qualifications include postdoctoral research
experience and/or previous teaching experience. We are particularly
interested in candidates who can develop courses that serve/connect both

*Responsibilities. *The successful candidate will have responsibilities in
three main areas.

●       *Teaching. *Teach core courses at all levels in the physics and
environmental studies majors. The normal teaching load is six
course-equivalents per year, divided evenly between the two departments.

●       *Scholarship. *Develop a research program with the potential to
attract external funding and suitable for participation by undergraduate
students, including summer research opportunities that attract interest
from majors in both departments.

●       *Service. *Serve as an academic advisor to undergraduate students
and enhance organizational effectiveness and community life through service
to the departments and the college.

*Application Procedure. *Applicants must submit materials online at
<https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/>https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/.  A complete
application consists of

●       a cover letter introducing yourself and describing your interest in
and qualifications for the position.

●       a current curriculum vitae.

●       a statement on teaching which includes your teaching interests,
ideas about pedagogical approaches, and experience you may have had  (about
2 pages).

●       a statement describing the research you propose to carry out as a
new St. Olaf faculty member (about 3-5 pages). You  should assume the
possibility of startup funds in the first two years sufficient to enable
the development of a project with the potential to attract external funding.

●       official or unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts.

●        names and email addresses for three professional references who
can speak to your abilities in classroom teaching and scholarship.
(recommendation letters will be solicited from references by the search
committee after an initial round of screening).

Evaluation of completed applications will begin on January 20, 2017. Our
intention is to conduct finalist interviews in March and fill the position
by early April. Candidates who are invited to campus for an interview will
also be asked to submit a written 1-2 page reflection on the College’s

*Contact Information: *Inquiries about the position are welcome and can be
sent to earthscienceTT2017 at stolaf.edu. Responses will come from the search
committee chair, Professor Brian Borovsky, Physics, 507-786-3607.

Information about the Departments of Physics and Environmental Studies may
be found at wp.stolaf.edu/physics/ and wp.stolaf.edu/environmental-studies/.

*About St. Olaf College*

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College <http://wp.stolaf.edu/> is a residential,
coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and
800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota,
about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse
cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally
ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole
person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective.

*A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St.
Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and
actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. The college
is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the
diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and/or

*To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College
verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and
conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.*

Brian Borovsky
Associate Professor and Chair
Physics Department

*St. Olaf College*
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057

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