The Amherst College Department of Geology invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in one of the following broadly defined fields:
We seek a colleague who is committed to excellence in earth science education in a liberal arts context with a record that demonstrates the promise of high-quality research and who is excited about involving undergraduate students in research projects. Today, Amherst College comprises a profoundly diversified student body; nearly one-quarter of Amherst’s students are Pell Grant recipients and 45 percent of our students identify as domestic students of color. The College is committed to cultivating a challenging and inclusive educational environment, therefore we seek candidates who can teach, mentor, and inspire students of different sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities, nationalities, and religious and socioeconomic backgrounds. 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. We encourage applications from those who will offer rigorous, integrated classroom, field, and laboratory experiences for our students. Geology faculty teach three courses with labs per year, supervise students in independent research leading to honors theses, serve as academic advisor to geology majors and underclass students in general, support the activities of the Geology Department, and participate in the life of the College through service. The appointee to this position will regularly teach courses at the introductory level that engage a broad range of students and more advanced courses within their area of expertise for students majoring in Geology. Opportunities for teaching interdisciplinary courses are also available. The ability to direct writing, quantitative analysis, and research at all undergraduate levels is necessary. The successful candidate will be expected to sustain a dynamic and productive research program that is grounded in original observations and analysis of Earth materials and is conducive to substantive undergraduate participation. Start-up funds and other forms of institutional support are available. Students and faculty in geology at Amherst College enjoy top-notch facilities, including technology-equipped classrooms and generous lab facilities in the modern, dedicated Beneski Earth Sciences Building. We have 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, the Geology Department has research labs with an SEM with EDS/EBSD capabilities, an aqueous geochemistry lab (ICP/IC-MS/IC), and a Picarro carbon isotope instrument. The proximity of Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts creates a broad and vibrant local scholarly community in earth sciences. The Five College/University geoscience departments collaborate in a number of initiatives, including the sharing of lab facilities, symposia, and field trips (https://www.fivecolleges.edu/geology). This appointment will begin July 1, 2019. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment; post-doctoral experience is beneficial. Applications should be submitted electronically via Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/51958. We request a cover letter, curriculum vita, contact information for three references who have agreed to provide letters of recommendation, and a statement in which you describe your current research agenda, what you would like to teach to undergraduate students and how you envision doing so, and the background, experience, or interests that position you to support Amherst’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin on September 14, 2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applications completed by September 14, 2018 will be assured of full consideration. 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. This area of western Massachusetts offers an amazing variety of restaurants, entertainment, and the arts, 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 more information about Amherst College and the Geology Department please visit our websites: http://www.amherst.edu and https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/geology.
Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. at the time of appointment; post-doctoral experience is beneficial.