Teaching Assistant Professor - Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Job no: 494673
Work type: Non-Tenure Track Faculty Full Time
Location: Golden
Categories: Academic Affairs, Geology & Geological Engineering, Faculty (Academic/Research/Teaching)

Position Title:

Teaching Assistant Professor, Non-tenure Track Faculty Full Time, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering

Pay Range:

$37,300 - $131,500. Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidateís education, training and experience as well as the positionís scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

The Opportunity:

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines (Mines) invites applications for a non-tenure track teaching assistant professor. We welcome applications from candidates who have a commitment to and passion for teaching undergraduates, for developing and delivering field-based courses, for assuming leadership of our summer field camp (as Field Camp Director), and for helping lead our undergraduate recruiting and outreach efforts. The successful candidate is encouraged to be a leader in educating our faculty about recent pedagogical advancement. Early-career candidates who developed a passion for teaching during their PhD training are encouraged to apply.


The successful candidate will teach primarily at the undergraduate level. The primary teaching load of this position will depend on the candidateís areas of expertise and will include a combination of classes in introductory geology and geological engineering, geological field methods, advanced physical geology, thermodynamics and geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, and an elective class. This position will also be primarily responsible for the management of our Summer Field camp, a 6-week experience in May and June for rising senior undergraduates and will teach at least one of the 6 weeks. The candidate will also make critical contributions to our undergraduate recruiting and outreach events.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD in geology, geological engineering, or related field.
  • Demonstrated potential for and/or documented record of teaching excellence at the university undergraduate level. Teaching experience may be as an instructor or as a teaching assistant (TA).
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to teaching a subset of the designated areas of expertise, which include introductory geology and geological engineering, geological field methods, advanced physical geology, thermodynamics and geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, and an elective class.
  • Demonstrated interest in leading geologic field camp and recruiting of and outreach to potential undergraduate students and their families.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Documented experience in teaching a subset of the designated areas of expertise, which include introductory geology and geological engineering, geological field methods, advanced physical geology, thermodynamics and geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology, and an elective class.
  • Documented experience with leading geologic field camp and design and delivery of geologic field classes, and knowledge of the geology of the western United States.
  • Documented experience designing and delivering outreach and recruiting events, particularly to underrepresented populations of grades 8-12 and students at two-year colleges.

Department Description:

This is an auspicious time to join the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering. Currently, the Department has 17 tenured/tenure-track faculty, one teaching faculty, and 8 research faculty, 44% of whom are women and 11% of whom are minorities. We also have 3 staff who support the mission of our department. This cadre of professionals supports approximately 120 undergraduate and 140 graduate students. The Department offers an ABET-accredited B.S. in Geological Engineering, and several M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered in the Department and through interdisciplinary programs at Mines, including Geology, Geological Engineering, Hydrologic Sciences and Engineering, Geochemistry, and Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering, as well as several non-thesis/Professional M.S. degrees. We have vigorous research programs in a range of disciplines in geology, geological engineering and related fields. Undergraduates gain abundant experience addressing geologic and engineering problems via team work and interdisciplinary approaches to solving problems. More information can be found at www.mines.edu and https://geology.mines.edu/.

About Mines & Golden, CO:

Mines is consistently ranked among the top engineering colleges in the United States and ranks number one as the best public school in the state for best value colleges. Mines is located in the heart of Golden, Colorado, a western suburb of Denver. The campus location offers a small-town ambiance with close proximity to all that the Denver metropolitan area has to offer with an abundance of cultural events, museums, theaters and sporting venues. An arid climate and an average 300 days of sunshine per year make the area an ideal place to live, work and play. We seek individuals who value a diverse and inclusive community Ė offering different perspectives, experiences, and cultures that enrich the educational and work experience.

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its graduates, the success of its alumni, and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers who are known for their work ethic, problem-solving capabilities and ability to work in teams. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times.

Our mission at Mines is to address the challenge of creating a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of geoscientists, engineers and leaders and by expanding the frontiers of knowledge through fundamental and applied research. We seek enthusiastic candidates who can inspire and challenge our students by enhancing the design and delivery of our undergraduate curriculum. We are especially interested in candidates with a passion to advance the Universityís and Departmentís commitment to diversity and who are committed to contributing to an inclusive and collegial environment.

The University has several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus (https://trefnycenter.mines.edu/). Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits (https://innovation.mines.edu/). The Mines community has developed a strategic plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access that supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, and ensuring shared responsibility (https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/).

Equal Opportunity:

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines' commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Total Rewards:

Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings. Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs. Additionally, Minesí leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and bleeding edge technology. For more information, visit Mines benefits.

How to Apply:

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, references, veterans status) and upload a resume and cover letter (required). References will not be collected or contacted until later in the selection process and you will be informed before that contact is made.

Review of applications will begin on February 15th, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The application must include:

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and interests (maximum 3 pages)
  • a statement of interests in and experience with leading field-based programs and with designing and leading recruiting and outreach initiatives (maximum 2 pages)
  • statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion (maximum 1 page)

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to offering dynamic instruction at the undergraduate level. Please clearly discuss your teaching experience (at the instructor or teaching assistant level), philosophy, and interests, and identify and discuss the subset of areas of expertise that you will bring to this position.

Field-based Programs and Outreach/Recruiting Statement: Please provide a statement about your interests in and experience with: field-based programs, becoming the Departmentís Summer Field Camp Director, and with recruiting and outreach, especially with underrepresented students who aspire to join Mines as undergraduates.

Diversity and Inclusivity Statement: Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity. For more information and to read the Strategic Plan for Diversity, Access and Inclusion, visit https://www.mines.edu/about/diversity-and-inclusion/. Your diversity and inclusivity statement should describe your past experience and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion, and diversity at Mines.

Background Investigation Required: Yes
Applications close: Open until filled

posted: 21 January 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.