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Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University

Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University invites applicants for a tenure track position in Earth and Environmental Science/Environmental Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in August 2022. We seek broadly trained candidates with a PhD in hydrology, hydrogeology or a related discipline. Candidates with degrees from other specialty areas will be considered, but a demonstrated ability to teach hydrology related courses is essential. ABD candidates close to completion may be considered. The ability to work collaboratively with students, staff, and faculty from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds is essential. Teaching expectations include one or more classes in hydrology or hydrogeology, introductory courses in the earth sciences and/or environmental studies, and other courses related to the applicant’s specialty and skills.

We seek a broadly trained teacher-scholar-mentor interested in involving undergraduate students in various forms of experiential learning including research, internships, and community engagement. The candidate should also expect to advise undergraduate majors and to participate in other service to the university.

Required qualifications

  • A PhD. in hydrology or hydrogeology or related field and an interest in, and ability to, teach courses in those subjects.
  • Ability to teach a variety of earth science and environmental courses including at the introductory level.
  • A strong interest in mentoring undergraduate students in research and/or other experiential learning.
  • A passion for undergraduate teaching and commitment to excellence in the same.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with other members of other departments in and out of the sciences in teaching, research, and grantsmanship.

Other Desirable Qualifications. Special consideration will be given to applicants who can demonstrate one or more of the following:

  • Interest and experience in wetland hydrology.
  • Experience in the emerging field of sustainability science and an interest in developing one or more courses in sustainability for broad audiences.
  • GIS experience in jobs, research, or teaching.
  • Experience and interest in developing online courses in support of the online programs in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Management.
  • Interest and experience in cultivating relationships with regional environmental organizations. In Hampton Roads these include the Elizabeth River Project, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Wetlands Watch, Lynnhaven River Now, the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience, the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center, and the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.

Application Instructions


Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF), a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, a statement on experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds, transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point), and three letters of reference to Human Resources, at Review of applications will begin January 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Questions prior to application may be directed to Dr. Chris Haley, Department Chair, via (757) 455-3407 or

About Virginia Wesleyan University and the Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 39 majors, 31 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and a Master of Arts in Education. The Batten Honors College, a residential honors program, recruits high-achieving students and equips them to be problem solvers who are environmentally-conscious, strategic-thinking global citizens. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.


Virginia Wesleyan is a university with a coastal edge. Located in Virginia Beach, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay, our region is proud of its vibrant city life, sandy beaches, and rich history. Learn more at In addition, we are within an hour’s drive to thousands of acres of coastal wetlands (Back Bay, Eastern Shore, Plum Tree Island, Mackay Island and Poquoson National Wildlife Refuges) as well as the 112,000-acre Great Dismal Swamp.

Facilities and Sustainability

Virginia Wesleyan has often been defined by its desirable and unique location in Coastal Virginia. The area is home to a host of business, governmental, and cultural institutions, as well as rich historical and natural resources that offer tremendous opportunities for students. The University’s beautiful 300-acre park-like campus is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay. The campus contains several habitats including 1500 ft. of shoreline along Lake Taylor (a large urban manmade lake), wooded wetlands, and an old-growth beech forest. The Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (encompassing the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Math, and Computer Science) occupies two buildings including the recently constructed Greer Environmental Sciences Center, a 44,000-square foot, state-of-the-art LEED Certified Gold building with classrooms, research and teaching laboratories. Facilities and offices of the faculty of the various natural science disciplines are intermixed between the two buildings, an arrangement that has fostered an interdisciplinary collegiality leading to cooperative successes in teaching, grantsmanship, and scholarship.

The Research and teaching facilities available to the successful candidate include:

  • Trace metal lab and cleanroom with an ICP-MS, AA, MER-X and MA-3000
  • Hitachi S3400 VP SEM with Oxford EDS system
  • Nikon A1 laser confocal microscope
  • Bruker Hyperion 1000 microscope on a Vertex 70 FTIR spectrometer
  • Vegetated stormwater ponds, monitoring wells, evaporation pan, and a green roof
  • Davis Vantage-Pro2 weather station
  • Field equipment including YSI probes, Li-Cor LI-8100A, flow meters, Eijkelkamp soil auger set, depth meters and a barometric pressure meter for groundwater monitoring
  • Hobo light and temperature pendants
  • State of the art flexible aquatic laboratory for study of marine and freshwater organisms
  • Controlled environment chamber
  • A combination teaching/research computer lab with 20 workstations equipped with ArcGIS software.
  • A falling head piezometer and gauge for laboratory work on Darcy columns or other in situ hydraulic conductivity measurements
  • Little River EM2 stream table
  • Augmented reality sandbox
  • The 40-ft. Ocean Explorer, an oceanographic research and teaching vessel co-owned with the Virginia Aquarium

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Doctoral

Experience Level : Not Applicable

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