Assistant Professor - 083451

Arts & Sciences
Geological and Environmental Sciences


The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, invites applications for a tenure-track nine-month faculty position at the rank of assistant professor beginning no later than 01 January 2019. The requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in geology, environmental science, or a related field. Candidates who are ABD will be considered, but the position requires completion of all doctoral requirements by the starting date. We seek a geoscientist with a specialty in earth surface processes to support the teaching of courses in engineering geology, quantitative analysis of earth and environmental processes and a discipline-specific writing course that is required for environmental science majors. The preferred candidate will have field and teaching experience in engineering geology, earth-surface processes and quantitative data analysis. The successful candidate will be expected to take advantage of the regional geology in teaching. Additional teaching responsibilities may include an introductory course such as physical geology or environmental geology, with other courses possible based on applicant’s specialty and student demand. The service component will involve helping with academic advising of students in the environmental science program as well as other departmental, university, and professional service tasks.

We seek a quantitative geoscientist with research expertise in the broad area of earth surface processes. Potential areas of research expertise include (but are not limited to): quantitative analysis of earth and environmental processes, glaciology, surface-water hydrology, and engineering geology. The successful candidate should complement the present group of earth and environmental scientists. The candidate should have a PhD at the time of appointment and must possess a strong commitment to both undergraduate education and field-based research.

Applications must include (in a single pdf file) a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, copies of transcripts of all college and university work (official copies due upon employment), and the names and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees familiar with the applicant’s teaching and scholarship. Send applications to Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, Review of completed applications will begin August 20, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants will be notified via email upon receipt of complete applications.  We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey.  This brief survey can be accessed at

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University has 18 faculty members and more than 240 majors. The Department and College of Arts and Sciences possess an array of analytical and field equipment that supports the research of 12 tenure-track faculty. More information about the department is available on our website ( Appalachian State is a comprehensive university located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and is a member of the University of North Carolina System.

Appalachian State University is committed to providing equal opportunity in education and employment to all applicants, students, and employees. The university does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. The university actively promotes diversity among students and employees. The university is committed to its affirmative action plans and seeks to deepen its applicant pools by attracting interest from a diverse group of qualified individuals. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Dr. Cynthia Liutkus-Pierce, or 828-262-3049. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.