Geology Department, Augustana College

Position ID:Augustana College-Geology Department-AP [#7825]
Position Title: Assistant Professor: Paleontology and Stratigraphy
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Rock Island, Illinois 61201, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Geology / sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology
Starting Date:2017/08/01
Appl Deadline:2016/12/16** finished (2016/09/06, finished 2017/04/18, listed until 2016/12/16)
Position Description:    

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Geology - Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in geology beginning August 2017.  Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus.  Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago.
We seek a colleague, committed to excellence in teaching, advising, mentoring, and research involving our diverse undergraduates, who is a broadly trained geoscientist with expertise in paleontology, stratigraphy and/or sedimentology, and who should be able to capitalize on and help oversee the extensive rock, mineral, and fossil collections of Augustana’s Fryxell Geology Museum. The successful candidate will teach a range of introductory- to upper-level undergraduate courses, and will advise students on directed research projects. In addition, the successful candidate must contribute to existing and new field opportunities for students through courses and department-sponsored academically engaging field trips. Service to the College is also part of faculty expectations. Ancillary interest and expertise in sustainability, economic geology, global climate change, low-temperature geochemistry, or geographical information systems (GIS) – which can integrate with our environmental studies program or our Upper Mississippi Studies Center – would be highly beneficial.
We are strongly committed to the undergraduate liberal arts traditions, realizing that a well-rounded student is one who understands and appreciates the scientific method, the natural world, and humans’ place in it. As our society faces complex problems, particularly with respect to resource depletion, energy use, and global climate change, it is vital that all students develop an understanding of and appreciation for the Earth sciences and interrelated Earth systems. Geology, by its nature, is an interdisciplinary science, so we expect the new hire to have that mind-set and to be able to develop courses attractive to a wide range of students, from geologists to non-scientists, to participate in interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs, and potentially to design community-based learning and service learning projects. Ideally, we seek an individual who has a deep, up-to-date, demonstrable understanding of student learning and thriving pedagogy. Teaching load is typically five classes plus labs each year. A Ph.D. is preferred, but ABD candidates will be considered.
Augustana’s Department of Geology, established in 1929, has a long history of excellence as a small undergraduate program. Each student completing the geology major must complete a senior research project (Senior Inquiry), culminating in a written thesis, PowerPoint presentations on campus and a poster presentation at the regional Geological Society of America meeting. In addition to our Fryxell Geology Museum and its extensive collections, the department houses a Paleontology Laboratory equipped with air abrasive unit, air scribes and dust collectors; a Sedimentology Lab;  a Geochemistry Lab with a Rigaku SuperMini XRF spectrometer, a Katanax fusion fluxer, a hydraulic pellet press, fume hoods, kiln and muffle furnaces; an Experimental Petrology Lab with eight cold-seal pressure vessels and petrographic and binocular zoom microscopes; and a Rock-Cutting Laboratory with rock saws, crusher, and thin-section and polishing equipment. An X-Ray Diffractometer, Scanning Electron Microscope and GIS computer lab are available in other departments on campus.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, Dr. Jeffrey Strasser, at The application deadline is December 16, 2016. All application materials including a cover letter, CV, unofficial graduate transcripts, research and teaching statements and contact information for three reference letters must be submitted through 
More information about Augustana College, the geology department and the selection process can be found on the faculty search website, on the campus website and on the departmental website College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds.  We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed.

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Further Info:
Department of Geology
Augustana College
639 38th St.
Rock Island, IL 61201

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