Assistant/Associate Professor of Geological Engineering

University of Mississippi

University, MS

ID: 7076517
Posted: March 29, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Summary
The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi invites applications and nominations for two full-time, 9-month tenure-track faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The anticipated appointment date for the first position is August 2021 and the second is January 2022. Although the area of teaching and research expertise is open, the successful candidate for each position will be required to contribute broadly to our geological engineering programs, complement or supplement our existing areas of expertise, and contribute to retention efforts and advising undergraduate geological engineering students.

Position Description

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers B.S. degrees in both the SACS-accredited Geology program and ABET-accredited Geological Engineering program, with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology, Geological Engineering, or Hydrology. We are located in the historic town of Oxford, in the wooded hills of north Mississippi. Oxford has a small college-town atmosphere with excellent public schools, affordable housing, performing arts, fine restaurants, and bookstores. The urban attractions of Memphis, Tennessee are 70 miles to the north.


The successful candidate for each position will teach two courses per semester while maintaining an active research agenda. Excellence in research will be established by critical peer evaluation, publication record, research grant applications, and graduate student supervision and support. Responsibilities will include service to include advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, serving on university committees, and service to the community and profession.

Position Details
Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications
All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in a discipline related to geological engineering at time of appointment. Engineering credentials must be demonstrated by an undergraduate or graduate degree in a geological or other closely related engineering program (e.g. mining, petroleum, environmental, or geotechnical engineering) or registration as a Professional Engineer in one or more states. Additional requirements are demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses in geology and geological engineering, effective communication skills, a strong desire to mentor students, and evidence of scholarly achievement.

Application Procedures
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the positions are filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established. Apply online only at Applications cannot be accepted in any other format. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, including a publication list, a statement of research and teaching interests, a separate statement outlining how they see themselves contributing to our mission of building a diverse and inclusive discipline with a strong department, and contact information for three references.

For additional information, contact Dr. Louis G. Zachos at

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.

Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement
The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


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