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Visiting Assistant Professor in Geology

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 18, 2017

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Amherst College Department of Geology invites applications for a full-time one-year visiting appointment at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2018. There is a possibility of renewal for one additional year. Amherst College has profoundly diversified its student body; today, nearly one-quarter of Amherst's students are Pell Grant recipients and 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at working in a community that is broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. In their application materials, candidates are encouraged to address how their teaching, scholarship, and/or mentorship might support Amherst's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in geoscience and expertise in one or more of the following fields: sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, climate science, aqueous geochemistry, hydrogeology, or geomorphology. The successful candidate is expected to teach three courses with labs per year and to supervise students in independent research leading to honors theses. Teaching responsibilities will include one or two topical introductory courses that are aimed at non-majors and one or two mid- to upper-level courses with labs for geology majors. Applications should be submitted electronically to We request a CV, a cover letter or statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and the names and contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College has extensive rock, mineral and fossil collections; sample preparation facilities for thin-sections and rock powders; and teaching labs with petrographic and stereographic microscopes. In addition, Amherst has research labs with an SEM with EDS/EBSD capabilities, an ICP and ICP/MS for water analyses and a Picarro carbon isotope instrument. Modest funds in support of research are available for visiting faculty. For more information, please visit

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.

Amherst College, one of the premier liberal arts colleges in the nation, is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, a town of approximately 35,000 residents in the western part of the state. The college's community is composed of about 1,800 students from forty-nine states, plus D.C., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and fifty-four countries around the world, and about one thousand staff and faculty. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary and the Book & Plow Farm; three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum; and multiple educational and cultural venues and resources through the Five College Consortium. The town of Amherst offers an amazing variety of coffee shops, restaurants and entertainment, and a very active outdoor life. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surrounding, make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to work, learn and live! For further information about Amherst College and the Geology department please visit our websites:


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