Assistant Professor – Hurricane Science Earth and Ocean Sciences

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 27, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, Women's & Gender Studies, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences, Political Science & International Relations
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Position Title

Assistant Professor – Hurricane Science Earth and Ocean Sciences

External Link to Posting


College of Arts and Sciences Admin - 32000 College


Earth and Ocean Sciences - 32341

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Location of Workplace

Main UNCW Campus

Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Hurricane Science and Associated Hazards. This will be a tenure-track, 9-month appointment to begin in August of 2022.

Upon initial appointment, the individual hired for this position will be expected to teach a standard course load (18 credit hours per year including equivalencies), advise undergraduate and graduate students, develop an extramurally-funded research program, and consistently contribute to departmental, college, and university service needs.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

A Ph.D. in the Earth and Ocean Sciences or a closely related discipline is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience

- We seek a natural scientist focused on tropical weather systems and their environmental impacts in the context of climate change, such as extreme precipitation and flooding, storm surge, coastal erosion, landslides, or impacts on infrastructure in populated areas. To complement our location on the southeastern U.S. coastal plain, preference will be given to candidates with experience analyzing Atlantic hurricanes and an appreciation for hurricane impacts on coastal and island environments.

- The ideal candidate will have experience teaching courses in weather and climate, a successful research record with evidence of mentoring students, and demonstrated interests in public outreach and science communication.

- We welcome applications from candidates who can incorporate an inclusive environmental and social justice narrative in their research and outreach activities.

Required Certifications or Licensure

No Required Certifications or Licensure

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences ( offers the following degrees: B.S. in Geology and Oceanography, M.S. and B.A. in Geosciences, B.A. in Geography and Geospatial Science, and a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. The department maintains an outstanding record of research and scholarship, and provides powerful undergraduate/graduate student experiences that include applied learning, field studies, and mentored research. UNCW maintains a wide range of analytical facilities in support of research including sedimentology, geospatial analysis, electron microscopy, stable isotope mass spectrometry, aqueous chemistry, NMR and DNA facilities, as well as a dive shop, machine shop, and instrument shop at the UNCW Center for Marine Science (

College/School Information

The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit and awards approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts and 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.

Eligibility for Employment

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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 EST on 1/4/2022, posting closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials in Adobe PDF format:
1. Cover Letter—A brief cover letter expressing interest in the position
2. Teaching Philosophy-Statement of teaching experience and interests
3. Research Summary-Statement of research experience and interests
4. Current curriculum vitae
5. Contact information (including e-mail addresses) for three professional references.
6. If necessary, applicants may upload additional materials under the Other category.

Please specifically address your perspectives on diversity and inclusiveness in the teaching and/or research statements.

Note that all requested components must be submitted in order to meet the application requirements. Letters of reference will be requested from those candidates who are included in our short-list or invited to interview.

For questions about the position, contact search committee chairperson Dr. Mike Benedetti (
For questions regarding the online application process, please contact Lorenda Heathcock (

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  1. Cover Letter
  2. Teaching Philosophy
  3. Research Summary
  4. Curriculum Vita
  5. List of 3 Professional References
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