Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Sustainability

Southern Oregon University
September 16, 2024
Offerd Salary:$65,508 - $69,520
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Negotigation
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Position Information

Posting Number F00187

SOU Land Acknowledgement

We want to take this moment to acknowledge that Southern Oregon University is located within the ancestral homelands of the Shasta, Takelma, and Latgawa peoples who lived here since time immemorial. These Tribes were displaced during rapid Euro-American colonization, the Gold Rush, and armed conflict between 1851 and 1856. In the 1850s, discovery of gold and settlement brought thousands of Euro-Americans to their lands, leading to warfare, epidemics, starvation, and villages being burned. In 1853 the first of several treaties were signed, confederating these Tribes and others together – who would then be referred to as the Rogue River Tribe. These treaties ceded most of their homelands to the United States, and in return they were guaranteed a permanent homeland reserved for them. At the end of the Rogue River Wars in 1856, these Tribes and many other Tribes from western Oregon were removed to the Siletz Reservation and the Grand Ronde Reservation. Today, the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon (https: // www. and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians (https:// www. are living descendants of the Takelma, Shasta, and Latgawa peoples of this area. We you may say I or the name of a program/department encourage YOU to learn about the land you reside on, and to join us in advocating for the inherent sovereignty of Indigenous people.

Faculty Title Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Sustainability Job Title Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Sustainability Official Transcripts

Once hired for a position the candidate shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institution directly to the Provost's office. Transcripts should be received by September 1.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant's qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) teaching philosophy (two pages); (4) undergraduate focused research statement (one page), (5) diversity statement and (6) at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at [email protected] or by phone at (541)552-8553.

To view SOU's offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit: https: // Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered salary and our Total Compensation Calculator, https: //, demonstrates our value and commitment to our employees.

Visa Sponsorship This employer will not sponsor applicants for visas. Appointment Basis 9 months FTE 1.0 Department Environmental Science and Policy Job Location Ashland (15 A) Other Job Location Hiring Pay Rate $65,508 - $69,520 (Assistant Prof YIR 1-4, APSOU CBA Table 12D) Benefits Eligible Yes Position Summary

Southern Oregon University invites applications for a position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Sustainability in the School of Science and Business. The successful candidate will teach upper-division courses in the earth systems sciences; to potentially include hydrology, geomorphology, soil science, climatology, and/or environmental geology. The candidate will also contribute to introductory environmental science courses in the physical sciences in classroom, lab and field settings. The successful candidate may also teach upper-division research methods courses. Proven teaching ability and demonstrable research activity are essential.

Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to teaching, student advising, and continued scholarly practice.

The candidate should demonstrate competency in environmental sciences broadly with specific interest in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, soil science, hydroclimatology, and/or ecohydrology. Candidates should show excellent written and verbal communication skills, organizational and management experience, demonstrable applied field research, and capacity for undergraduate research/program advising. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as well as experience working with students from underrepresented minorities.

Initial appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor requires a doctoral degree (or ABD) in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment.

The start date is 9/16/2024. Application review will begin on 10/15/2023 and end when the position fills. SOU offers excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The region is noted for its unparalleled biodiversity and the university lies in close proximity to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Rogue Valley is renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and biking.

Diversity Statement

Ability to successfully interact with a diverse population is a must.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree (or ABD) in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Ability to teach lower-division physical sciences as well as upper- division earth systems science courses in geology and hydrology.
  • Commitment to undergraduate education.
  • Demonstrated maintenance of an active scholarly research program.
  • Ability to work well with a highly interdisciplinary team.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences/Studies, Geology, Hydrology, Earth Science, or related discipline at the time of appointment from a university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized accrediting organization.
  • Demonstrated experience with undergraduate research mentoring.
  • Demonstrated expertise, and ability to teach courses in geospatial sciences at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Scholarly research experience in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, ecohydrology, hydroclimatology, and/or soil science.
  • Physical Demands

    Regular teaching activities, including standing/sitting, lecturing, and using a computer.

    This position is designated as a critical, security-sensitive or safety- sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal Background Check. Yes Posting Date 08/15/2023 Application must be received by for priority consideration 10/15/2023 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/16/2024 Contact Name for Applicant Questions Human Resources Contact Email Quicklink for Posting https: // Special Conditions

    •Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development. •Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis. •Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check. •Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime •The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

    Notice to Prospective Employees Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

    An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: https: // A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email [email protected].

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  • Anticipate completing doctorate within first year of employment
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  • Curriculum Vitae
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  • Research Document
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