Assistant Professor of Structural Geology and/or Petrology, Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

ID: 7114763
Posted: October 26, 2022
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Department of Biology, Geology, and Environmental Science (BGE) at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) seeks applicants to fill a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in Structural Geology and/or Petrology beginning August 1, 2023.

We seek candidates who have strong potential for excellence in teaching and who can develop a robust research program that includes students at all levels. Instruction responsibilities include teaching upper-level undergraduate courses in Petrology (igneous and metamorphic petrology), Structural Geology, and The Dynamic Earth (plate tectonics). Preference will be given to applicants who meet the qualifications below and whose research and mentoring would contribute to the M.S. Environmental Science degree.

Required qualifications include:

Ph.D. in Geology or a closely related field with emphasis in Structural Geology and/or Petrology. Individuals who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) will be considered, however, the degree must be awarded prior to the start date
Demonstrated commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching
Strong record of scholarly accomplishments appropriate to level of appointment
Evidence of working collaboratively with colleagues
Demonstrated potential for effective integration of technology into instruction
Demonstrated potential for effective university, community, and professional service
Demonstrated potential for commitment to the mission of the university to actively engage students; embrace diversity and inclusion; inspire positive change; and enrich and sustain our community
Review of applications will begin November 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must include:

Cover letter addressing qualifications for the position,
Statement of teaching experience and philosophy,
Statement of research experience and vision,
Diversity statement detailing the applicant’s value of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the candidate’s previous contributions to DEI and a vision for future activities.
An updated curriculum vitae,
All unofficial transcripts.
Names, titles, and email addresses for three (3) references, from which UTC will request confidential letters of recommendation. At least one of these references must be able to comment on teaching ability.
Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Gretchen Potts, Department Head, [email protected] Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site.

BGE has 36 full-time faculty with more than 850 majors distributed between B.S. Biology, B.S. Geology, B.S. Environmental Science, and M.S. Environmental Science degrees.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public-school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence – boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment – each and every day – is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, lies along the dam-controlled Tennessee River in the southern Appalachian fold-and-thrust belt, adjacent to the Cumberland Plateau and within view of the Blue Ridge. Its climate, geography, geology, and history contribute to its hydrologic complexities. Today, the city receives national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network available to every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United, and Amazon have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefields, the African American Museum, and the Creative Discovery Museum for Children bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home of the 22-time NCAA Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Champions, the 15-time NCAA Southern Conference Women’s Softball Champions, and the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs. Outdoors enthusiasts use Chattanooga as the base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, rock climbing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and caving. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two-hour drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.