Assistant Professor-Environmental Protection

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 29, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Position Title Assistant Professor-Environmental Protection External Link to Posting College College of Arts and Sciences Admin - 32000 College Dept/School Environmental Sciences - 32351 Vacancy Number 16F-349 Position Number 6005 Location of Workplace Main UNCW Campus Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington ( UNCW ) seeks a nine-month tenure- track Assistant Professor in Environmental Protection starting August 2021.

The successful candidate will be required to create and maintain a robust research agenda suited for the R2 status of UNCW . The position will actively engage the regional community to understand, address, and resolve environmental issues, especially issues of environmental justice. The successful candidate will apply field and lab-based scientific inquiry (dedicated lab space is available) in research and teaching to issues such as pollution prevention, monitoring, control, remediation and environmental impact assessment. The ability to investigate, sample, measure, and assess hazardous environmental agents in various environmental media and settings is expected.

The position carries a required teaching load of three courses per semester and includes an opportunity for additional summer school teaching. The candidate will be expected to teach EVS195 Introduction to Environmental Sciences or EVS205 Global Environmental Issues. In addition, within their first year the candidate will develop one or more courses in their area of specialty (such as Pollution Prevention and Monitoring, Environmental Remediation of Contaminated Sites, Soil and Water Remediation, Environmental Law, Environmental Impact Assessment, etc.). The selected candidate will be required to participate in departmental meetings, committees, and other acts of service to the department, college, university, and their profession.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Candidates must have a doctoral degree or equivalent in Environmental Science or closely related field by the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to generate externally-funded research, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and maintain a strong commitment to teaching and working in an interdisciplinary academic context.

The position must actively engage the regional community to understand, address, and resolve environmental issues, especially issues of environmental justice.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Candidates with both practical and academic experience are encouraged to apply.

Experience with environmental compliance and environmental impact assessments is desired.

Required Certifications or Licensure

No Required Certifications or Licensure

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Environmental Sciences focuses on the relationships among the social, physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the natural and built environments. The department offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, drawing upon the resources of many related fields to provide the rigorous analysis necessary to understand environmental problems and formulate environmentally-sound solutions. Our curriculum inspires students to become active and engaged environmental stewards.

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.
The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others.
Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.
In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.
Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm on January 8, 2021 the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:
1. Cover Letter
2. Curriculum Vita
3. Teaching Philosophy
4. Research Summary
5. Portfolio/Work Sample – Example of Peer-Reviewed Publication #1
6. Portfolio/Work Sample 2 – Example of Peer-Reviewed Publication #2
7. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion - statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable, just, and diverse scholarly environment.

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Chris Dumas, Chair, Environmental Protection Position Search Committee, at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Jennifer Royal at

Position Type Permanent Job Posting Date 10/29/2020 Job Close Date 01/08/2021 Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Summary
  5. Portfolio/Work Sample
  6. Portfolio/Work Sample 2
  7. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

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