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JOB OPENING: Skidmore College, Assistant Professor, Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences invites applications for a tenure track position in solid earth geosciences at the level of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2017. We seek candidates who will contribute to our ongoing efforts to engage and support students from diverse backgrounds. The Department seeks a candidate with strong teaching skills who will build and maintain an active research program with undergraduate students. The candidate's field of expertise will focus on solid earth processes and deep time, and should be distinct from existing departmental strengths in surface processes, hydrology, climatology, and oceanography. The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced courses that support the mission of the department, and will also contribute to teaching the College's interdisciplinary, open-topic seminar courses for first year students. Nearby field opportunities include the Appalachian Basin and Mesozoic rift basins, Adirondack Highlands, and Taconic Mountains.

The College offers start-up funds, pre-tenure sabbaticals, and internal grants. Skidmore College is a liberal arts institution located in upstate New York with approximately 200 full-time faculty and 2,400 students, of whom 22% are domestic students of color, 14% are first-generation college students, and 11% are from outside the United States. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and individuals who will contribute to an increasingly diverse campus community.

Minimum Qualifications: A Ph.D. in the geosciences or a related field is required and preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience.

Required Applicant Documents:

- Cover Letter
- Curriculum Vitae
- Other
- Teaching Statement
- Research Statement

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered for this position, please complete an online faculty profile and attach the following documents: cv, a statement of teaching interests, experience, and methods (1-2 pages); a statement of research interests and plans, including the role of undergraduates (1-2 pages); a statement describing how the candidate will contribute to making the Department and College welcoming to students of diverse backgrounds (up to 1 page). In addition, the application system will prompt you to submit three email addresses for letters of recommendation. All recommenders will be emailed once you've completed the application process. Review of applications will begin on Oct. 17th. Recommendation letters are strongly preferred by October 15th, but will be accepted until October 23rd.

This system can support Word and PDF file up to 1.9MB. All "required" documents must be attached through the online application system to complete the application process. If you have questions please contact Clarissa Sawyer, Employment Coordinator in Human Resources at: csawyer@skidmore.edu or 518 580.5802

Closing Date: October 15, 2016. Quicklink for Posting: careers.skidmore.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=57450

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What is geoscience?

Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them,and the history of the planet, and its life forms since its origin. The mission of Skidmore's geosciences program is to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land-use planning, and global change. For more information, check out our Mission Statement page here.

Thinking about a geoscience major or minor? Great!

Click here for the Skidmore declaration of major form. Directions for declaring a major can be found here.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about becoming a geoscience major or minor. In the mean time, read this and this! And check out Geoscience alum Cynthia Blum Carroll's ('78) feature in the Fall 2009 Scope magazine!

Geoscience majors and employment

Recession? Geoscientist are in demand! According to the U.S. Department of Labor 2010–2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Employment of geoscientists and hydrologists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations" over the next eight years. In 2010, the average salary for geoscientists with 0–2 years experience (entry-level) was $93,000." (American Association of Petroleum Geologists).

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