Assistant Professor- Physical Geographer (Tenure- Track)

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

La Crosse, WI

Job posting number: #7191304

Posted: November 3, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Summary
The Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Physical Geography and Environmental Science at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2024. We seek an individual with interests in Earth System Science, including hydrology, climatology, or watershed science, and whose teaching and research include a strong field component. The successful candidate will teach introductory courses in Earth environments, climate change, and weather and climate, and will develop upper-level courses in their area(s) of expertise. Experience in geospatial and computational methods will be considered an asset. A commitment to teaching excellence and engaging undergraduate students in research projects and field work are essential. The ideal candidate would engage in consortia such as the UWL River Studies Center and/or Wisconsin’s Freshwater Collaborative. Successful applicants must have a Ph.D. in Geography or a related field at the time of appointment.

Under general supervision of department chair, a person in this position is responsible for teaching undergraduate courses and advising students. In addition to preparing for and holding classes, teaching involves maintaining currency in the content area related to the teaching assignment, evaluating students’ work, assessing student outcomes, maintaining appropriate records, and holding office hours. The individual is expected to maintain an active, on-going program of scholarship appropriate to the discipline. In addition, this individual will provide service to the department, college, and university and is likely expected to provide service to the community and/or the profession. Other duties may be assigned by the chair or dean.

UWL will offer salaries commensurate with experience and qualifications. The target offer for this position is $61,000.
Position Type Faculty/Instructional
Pay Basis Academic
FLSA Exempt
Is this position eligible for employment sponsorship, (H1B or PERM)? Yes
Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Geography or related field. ABD will be considered. Degree must be earned by the personnel review held in the spring of the first year.
Qualified to teach existing introductory physical geography and environmental science courses
Evidence of ability and commitment to conduct high quality research

Preferred Qualifications
Prior teaching experience in Geography, Environmental Science, or related field
Commitment to teaching existing upper-level physical geography courses and developing new courses in Earth System Science including, but not limited to, hydrology, climatology, or watershed science
Demonstrated commitment to face-to-face education, primarily at the undergraduate level
Experience implementing inquiry, project, and/or technology-based active learning into teaching within the classroom and in the field.
Commitment to actively participate in service to the department, college, university, profession and community
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across teaching and service activities
Commitment to student growth and development (e.g., academic, career, internship and research advising)

Physical Demands
Reasonable Accommodations
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Working conditions and environment
Office/ Classroom setting
Miscellaneous Information
Information about your benefits
Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:

excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
paid holidays and sick days.
sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL.
after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.

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