Assistant Professor – Earth Science

Department:  Earth Science
Rank: Assistant Professor
Specialization(s):  Structural Geology
Search # 20-004


Located in historic New Haven, a city rich in art and culture, Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good.  Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  SCSU is a flourishing community of approximately 10,000 students, located less than three miles from downtown New Haven, with easy access to New York and Boston.

Brief Description of Duties/Responsibilities:

Southern invites applications from individuals who believe in the mission of public higher education and are committed to outstanding teaching and scholarship.  Successful candidates will be disciplinary scholars devoted to a student-centric approach.


The Earth Science Department seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Structural Geology to begin August 2020.  We seek a broadly educated, collegial, field-oriented geoscientist with expertise in areas of structural geology, tectonics, and field geology.  The department supports a broad-based earth science curriculum with concentrations in geology, environmental earth science, and earth science secondary education (7-12).  Details regarding existing programs and facilities can be found on the departmental webpage.


The successful candidate is expected to develop a field-based research program that fosters faculty-student collaboration and be willing to engage in geotechnical workforce/industry related problems in the state of Connecticut.  Teaching responsibilities may include introductory geoscience courses for non-science majors, structural geology and tectonics, and field geology.  The candidate must demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, mentoring, and research with undergraduates.  All faculty at SCSU share in academic advising and participate in department/university service.  Normal teaching load is 12 credit-hours per semester.


Tenure-track faculty at SCSU are expected to pursue scholarship in their area of expertise.  These activities include, but are not limited to:  research leading to publication of books and/or articles in academic and professional journals, efforts to seek funding in support of research and teaching needs, and contributions to workshops and conferences.

Required Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in the geosciences with specialization in structural geology or a closely related field is required.  ABD candidates are welcome to apply but must have their Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment.  Candidates must also provide evidence of a strong background in the fundamentals of geology and a commitment to undergraduate teaching, research, and service.  Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who have:  university teaching experience at the levels of teaching assistant, instructor or above with demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching, student-centered research, and service; broad training in the earth sciences including familiarity with geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy; experience in teaching general education courses for non-science majors covering the full spectrum of earth science subdisciplines; experience in teaching upper-division undergraduate earth science courses in structural geology, tectonics, and field geology; a strong record of scholarly research in the geological sciences; experience with geological field studies and data collection using modern equipment and instrumentation; a desire and ability to develop an externally funded, field-oriented, undergraduate-friendly research program; and a willingness to pursue professional interactions with the geotechnical services industry in our region.

Application Process:

Please send curriculum vitae, concise statements of teaching and research interests/experience, copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable), and contact information (addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers) for three professional references to:  Earth Science Department Search Committee Chair at  All application materials must be submitted electronically in a single file (PDF preferred).  For best consideration, materials should be received by Friday, October 18, 2019.  The position will remain open until filled.


SCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.