Earth and Atmospheric Sciences - Geography - Tenure Track Faculty (Category I) - Metropolitan State University of Denver in Denver Colorado

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Metropolitan State University of Denver

Denver, Colorado 80217

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is seeking applicants for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor rank to begin teaching August 2015. Applications are welcomed from candidates with expertise in the following areas.

A geographer who can contribute to teaching and advising students in our proposed new major with concentrations in sustainability, physical geography, and human geography. Expertise in physical geography, familiarity with Colorado and western US geography, a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary approach to research, and the ability to teach courses in numerous EAS disciplines is preferred.


We are seeking a person with a commitment to excellence in teaching at a predominately undergraduate institution. Teaching responsibilities will include upper and lower division courses in Geography, Environmental Science, or other areas based on interdisciplinary department needs. Teaching consists of 12 credits per semester (typically 3-4 courses per semester). In addition, the ideal candidate will be expected to re-design or create new courses, contribute to curriculum development, integrate scholarly activities and knowledge into teaching, use current technology, such as GIS, to facilitate student learning, evaluate assessment results to improve their courses and respective programs, and effectively advise students. Participation in field experiences, the General Studies program, First Year Success Program, and mentoring undergraduate research projects is expected. Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and new collaborations will be an asset. The successful candidate will have exhibited the ability to develop and maintain a publication record and present their scholarly work at professional conferences or workshops. It is expected that the candidate will be able to participate in service activities that are substantial and meaningful.

The EAS Department resides in the newly renovated Science building on the Auraria campus located strategically in downtown Denver. The Department offers degrees in Land Use (Geography, Geology, GIS, and Planning), Environmental Science, and Meteorology. Within the EAS Department, there are two GIS computer laboratories, an Integrated Science classroom, two Geology/Geography classrooms, a Meteorology computer laboratory, and multiple classrooms. For a list of courses commonly taught in EAS, please visit

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. Interested applications should apply online at

Required Qualifications

Doctorate in Geography or a related EAS field by August 2015.

Preferred Qualifications

Willing to teach 12 credit hours per semester.
Previous teaching experience at an institution of higher education (includes teaching experience as a graduate assistant.)
Examples of teaching excellence.
Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Expertise in Colorado and western US topics applicable to the EAS Department.
Ability to teach General Studies courses.
Willing to teach courses in the First Year Success Program.
Experience as the instructor of record for a college course.
Knowledge of curriculum development.
Familiarity evaluating assessment results to improve courses and/or programs.
Proficient advising students.
Experience conducting research with undergraduate students.
Familiar with GIS techniques/technology.
Established a record of publishing.
Ability to present research at conferences.
Willing to perform service activities.

Special Instructions to Applicants

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered as an applicant you must apply via the online application system,

Required application materials include a cover letter that contains a concise personal statement addressing which courses the candidate would teach, the candidate’s vision and plans for research, and a reflection on how the candidate would integrate within the department. Additional required materials include a CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, unofficial transcripts, and contact information for three (3) references.

Review of applications will begin in December 2014, but the position will remain open until filled. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by August 2015. For additional EAS Department information, please visit For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Jason Janke, Chair of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at 303-556-3072 or

If you are unable to attach copies of transcripts at the time of application you will need to submit them via e-mail, fax, or mail.
Mail: Search F 541
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
MSU Denver
P.O. Box 173362, CB 22
Denver, CO 80217-3362

Official Transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Keyword Phrases

  • EAS - Earth & Atmospheric Sci
  • Diverse institution
  • Urban environment
  • Comprehensive college offering bachelors & masters
  • Geography
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science, Ecology & Forestry
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter