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Assistant Professor - Tenure-Track - Physical Geography/Environmental Science - 20139

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


The Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks an Assistant Professor of Physical Geography or Environmental Science (Assistant Professor, FA040).


The position is open to individuals with a wide range of interests in earth system relationships including the following: earth surface processes through the nexus of shallow groundwater hydrology, soils, vegetation, and climate. August 2024 is the start date for the position. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in the department, research, and service to the university, community, and profession. The successful candidate will teach Introduction to Physical Geography, Introduction to Environmental Science, Research and Field Methods in Environmental Science, and the Environmental Science Capstone. In addition, it is expected that the successful candidate will develop upper-level courses in their area of expertise. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications, and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace inclusive principles as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Geography, Environmental Science, or a related field is required.
  • 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.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated excellence and commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to principles of inclusivity, and serving as an active member of the university community.
  • Ability to meet the teaching, research, and service responsibilities outlined below.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Ability to interact respectfully and work collaboratively with people from diverse, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in the following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.


The successful candidate will teach 12 credit hours per semester. 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 as well as participation in community organizations and discipline as relevant to the candidate's expertise and interests. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach in a variety of formats, including in-person, online, and/or in a hybrid format.


The Department of Geography, Geology, and Environmental Science has a strong reputation for teaching excellence that's nourished in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our students benefit from an endowed scholarship program and participate in research, internships, domestic and international field courses, and national conferences. Many of our students win national awards such as the Truman and Goldwater scholarships. Our faculty practice the "Wisconsin Idea" by engaging in local, regional, and national community and professional organizations. Department resources include state-of-the-art computer labs with the latest GIS and remote sensing software and research labs with analytical tools such as pXRF and XRD for geochemical and mineralogical analyses. Beyond our labs and classrooms, we enjoy teaching and conducting research at the 120-acre nature preserve and outdoor laboratory on campus.


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 starting annual 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 .


Complete applications received by October 31, 2023, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee until the position is filled. 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:
  • Dr. Dale Splinter
  • Chair, Physical Geography/Environmental Science Search Committee
  • 262-472-5156


Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • One-to-two page cover letter
  • Current curriculum vita
  • One-to-two page statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy (in particular, your approach to creating an inclusive classroom for students from a variety of backgrounds)
  • One-to-two page statement of research accomplishments, interests, and plans
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation will be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
  • Additional materials may be requested at a later date from applicants
This Job ID is 20139.

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