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Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health - 20145

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 21, 2023


The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) in the College of Business & Economics (CoBE) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental/Occupational Safety & Health beginning August 2024. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses for the Occupational Safety B.S. (distributed, construction safety, and environmental management emphases) and graduate courses for the M.S. in Environmental Safety & Health (online), research, and service to the University and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include one or more of the following:
  • Environmental management
  • Environmental Health
  • Ergonomics
  • Risk management and loss control
  • Construction Safety
  • ISO auditing/management systems and international safety and health
  • Public health
This is a renewable nine-month appointment with summer semester options available. Preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level, although well-qualified/experienced applicants at higher levels will also be considered.


The successful candidate will be able to teach a variety of courses in occupational and environmental safety and health as part of the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and the Master of Science in Environmental Safety & Health. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and presentations, and contributes to advancing the Department, University, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusion as a member of the university community.


Minimum Required Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, EdD, etc.) in an environmental safety and health or closely related field, including (but not limited to) the following:
  • Environmental Health
  • Engineering
  • Public health
  • Public Policy
  • Risk management and loss control
  • ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to working with diverse populations, and serving as an active member of the university community.
  • A research record in environmental safety and health, or the ability to develop and carry out a research agenda, is required.
  • Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential.
  • Candidates with professional experience in OESH and certification are desirable (CSP, CIH, REHS, CPE, ARM, CRM, PE, CHMM, REM, etc.).
  • Salary is commensurate with academic preparation, experience, and certifications.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to actively follow applicable safety rules and regulations, including necessary training and drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

Full-Time teaching responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
  • Introduction to Occupational Safety and Health
  • Graduate and undergraduate courses in Ergonomics
  • Graduate and undergraduate courses in Construction Safety
  • Principles of Environmental Management along with courses focusing on hazardous materials, air pollution and facility water management
  • Analysis and Design for Safety in Industrial Operations
Additional teaching responsibilities potentially include:
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats
  • Curriculum development and review for improvement and re-accreditation
  • Internship supervision
  • Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online or in a hybrid format or courses in the evenings or on weekends [if applicable].
  • Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.
  • Research expectations are for all tenure-track positions to pursue an active research agenda, including applying for grants, collaborating with other faculty or members of the OESH community, and publication of research.
  • In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities.
  • Service responsibilities include committee work at the departmental, college, and university levels and participation in community organizations relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest.

The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health ( ) prepares students for rewarding careers protecting America's workforce, the public, and the natural environment. Our faculty are nationally-recognized, and our graduates are highly-sought after.

Coursework covers a wide range of subjects, including approaches to accident prevention, environmental protection, ergonomics, fire prevention, and legal aspects, among others. The students are provided with essential skills to recognize and evaluate risks and devise and implement effective control methods. In addition, students are provided with several practical work site experiences, culminating in a full semester internship with a practicing EHS professional. Our B.S. in Occupational Safety degree is ABET-ANSAC accredited, and the B.S. and M.S. degrees are BCSP qualified academic programs (QAP), so graduates can obtain the graduate safety practitioner designation ( ).

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics ( ) is an inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial learning community dedicated to sharing values, knowledge, and skills to prepare current and future business professionals to contribute successfully and responsibly in a global business environment. UW-W CoBE is Wisconsin's largest AACSB accredited business school, offering nationally recognized traditional classroom and online courses and bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a salary commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by October 22, 2023 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

John Olson, Assistant Professor

Search and Screen Committee Chair



Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Name and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
This Job ID is 20145.

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