Assistant Professor in Geology/Hydrogeology

Position Summary:

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for an Assistant Professor in Geology/Hydrogeology. This position will include responsibility for coordinating the geology instruction at the three UW-Platteville campuses (Platteville, Baraboo-Sauk County, and Richland).

We seek candidates who will collaborate with us to continually improve our pedagogy and curriculum to develop students who will create the society of the future. The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science strives in providing an inclusive and collegial environmental for all students, staff and faculty. Those with experience in curriculum assessment, professional/field experience in hydrogeology and/or an interest in mentoring undergraduate research are encouraged to apply.

Salary is competitive with excellent benefits. Start date is August 23, 2022. We are excited to find a new faculty member to join our group of dedicated educators to teach at our public, access institutions. We seek candidates who will collaborate with us to continually improve our pedagogy and curriculum to develop students who will create the society of the future.


The primary responsibility of this position will be to teach geology service courses for major programs and geology general education courses. The person will also have responsibilities related to serving as geology coordinator for the branch campuses. Also, as it is a faculty position, scholarly activity is required. The job responsibilities include:

  • Teach geology service courses for major programs and geology general education courses at home campus.
  • Serve as geology coordinator for the branch campuses
  • Periodically teaching to other campuses via alternative delivery methods. o Travel to branch campuses as needed (perhaps one to two times per month)
  • Lead curriculum oversight for geology courses.
  • Coordinate assessment of geology courses at all campuses.
  • Assist in hiring and evaluating academic teaching staff at branch campuses. o Appropriate professional development/scholarly activity. Collaborative work within the department and across campus is anticipated.
  • Work with colleagues in the department and across campus to improve the diversity of the student body and provide a more inclusive educational experience for all.
  • Participate in department, college, and university service.
  • Participate in assessment efforts.
  • Office Hours (from handbook) All full-time instructional staff must allocate 10 hours per week outside of class for student engagement with at least five (5) hours reserved for meeting students in office hours. - (Essential)

What You'll Need to Succeed:

  • Ph.D. in Geology or Hydrogeology or a closely related field at the time of employment.
  • The ability to teach geology for general education purposes and for major- specific needs.
  • Minimum one year teaching experience (teaching assistantships can fulfill this).
  • Experience in developing curricular content.
  • A demonstrated strong commitment to undergraduate education.
  • Evidence or aptitude for excellent teaching.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity, such as engagement in outreach activities, developing inclusive pedagogy, or other targeted activities.

Why It's Great to be a Pioneer:

The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (EMS) enrolls approximately 3,000 students in ABET-accredited BS degree programs in Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical and Software Engineering, and Engineering Physics and BS degrees in Mathematics, Broad- field Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems.

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department currently consists of thirteen tenure/tenure track faculty members and four instructional academic staff, and graduates approximately 100 students per year. The department offers ABET accredited undergraduate degrees in both Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Geology is a critical component of the ABET accreditation requirements.

Geology has a long history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, stemming from its days as a mining school. Geology facilities include a rich supply of minerals and other geologic materials in an established, newly remodeled geology laboratory. Geological science courses are currently taken by Civil Engineers, Environmental Engineers, Reclamation, Environment, and Conservation students, and some Agriculture and Education students, in addition to students who take geology as a general education course. Geology also has a strong history at the Baraboo/Sauk and Richland campuses. Both of these campuses have fully equipped geology labs.

Several current research initiatives could provide collaborative opportunities for the new faculty member. These include the Dairy Innovation Hub, a Freshwater Initiative, and several Sustainability initiatives. In addition, the Geology faculty member will be in the brand-new Sesquicentennial Hall building, which has a shared undergraduate research lab in addition to other collaborative spaces.

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 42 baccalaureate and 6 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal.

Priority deadline: To ensure full consideration applications must be received by March 20, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A separate statement of teaching philosophy and experience. This should include discussion of experience with or philosophy towards alternative/distance teaching.
  • Contact information for three professional references, at least two of whom can address the candidate's teaching

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Jodi McDermott, Chair, Search and Screen Committee at
Dr. Christina Curras, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at

We Support Diversity and Inclusion: Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

posted: 10 March 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.