Visiting Faculty in Geology
Job no: 494221
Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Summary: The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is hiring a Visiting Faculty in Geology to teach 24 contact hours per academic year. These include entry-level general education courses, where recruitment of majors is a priority, such as Physical Geology with labs, Environmental Geology, Oceanography, and theme-based courses such as Living with the Great Lakes.
Required Qualifications and Education:
- Masters or Ph.D. in Geosciences
Preferred Qualifications and Education:
- A track record of teaching and research in geosciences.
- Teaching 24 contact hours per academic year. These include entry-level general education courses, where recruitment of majors is a priority, such as Physical Geology with labs, Environmental Geology, Oceanography, and theme-based courses such as Living with the Great Lakes.
Salary/Benefits: The salary is competitive. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits for Visiting Faculty, please visit https://www.gvsu.edu/hro/benefitswellness/visiting-faculty-benefits-466.htm.
Department/College: The Geology Department consists of 12 permanent and 2 visiting faculty members who are dedicated to excellent teaching for students from all disciplines and backgrounds.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. We are interested in attracting faculty committed to these core values as we foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.
Campus/University: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university seeks to create an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).
How to Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.gvsu.edu with a (1) cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy on teaching introductory level geosciences, (4) contact information for three references, and (5) transcript(s) from you highest degree (unofficial transcript(s) are accepted to apply). In your teaching statement please discuss how you plan to support academic success for students from diverse backgrounds to fulfill the commitment to inclusive excellence. This should include a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion and equity in your teaching. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.
The Grand Valley State University (GVSU) Geology Department is searching to hire a Visiting Faculty to begin August 2022. This is a nine-month appointment that is subject to renewal each year for up to 3 years. An M.S. or Ph.D in the geosciences or related fields is required. Candidates with a Ph.D. or ABD in the geosciences with some demonstrated teaching and research experience preferred. The Visiting Professor will teach mainly entry-level general education courses, where recruitment of majors is a priority, such as Physical Geology with labs, Environmental Geology, Oceanography, and theme-based courses such as Living with the Great Lakes. Class sizes of introductory courses range from 25 to 120 students, with most being around 40. There is also the opportunity to work with undergraduates in a senior seminar course in which students work with faculty mentors to complete a research project.
As a candidate for this position you must be enthusiastically committed to teaching undergraduate geosciences to a diverse population of students; possess strong communication and interpersonal skills; and preferably have some experience teaching geoscience courses. If hired, you will be the instructor of record for 12 contact hours per week of geoscience courses comprised of lectures, discussion sections, and labs. Teaching during spring or summer terms is not required, but such a teaching assignment may be possible for additional compensation. The salary is competitive with regional peer institutions.
Application Deadline: The review process will begin June 15th and will continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. If you have questions contact Prof. Merritt Delano-Taylor at email@example.com.
Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine policy that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.
Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, (616) 331-9530.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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