Assistant Professor – Williams College
The Geosciences Department at Williams College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the broad field of climate science, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning 1 July 2018. We seek a colleague committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching, who will provide a balance of classroom, field, and laboratory experiences for our students, and develop a vibrant and productive research program that engages undergraduates. We are particularly interested in candidates who take an interdisciplinary approach to climate science, and who will be likely to develop research and teaching collaborations across departmental boundaries.
The successful candidate will teach three courses per year (lectures plus labs). Teaching responsibilities are likely to include an introductory course in weather and climate, as well as higher-level courses based on the candidate’s interests. Examples of such courses include, but are not limited to: climate system analysis and prediction; physical climatology; climate and society; hydroclimatology; applied climatology; climate engineering; climate dynamics; economics of climate change; statistical analysis of climatologic data; GIS/remote sensing; environmental management; climate and policy; cryosphere-climate interaction; or energy and the environment. Faculty have broad latitude in developing their own courses and we welcome ideas from candidates for ways in which they might develop courses that would cross traditional disciplinary lines and build dynamic intellectual bridges between Geosciences and other departments.
The Geosciences Department (web.williams.edu/Geoscience/) is committed to providing excellent training for future geoscientists, as well as teaching earth science as part of a balanced liberal arts education. Our department works closely with the Center for Environmental Studies (ces.williams.edu/), and the successful candidate will be expected to mount courses that would be cross-listed with that program. The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the growing diversity of the academic community through their teaching, scholarship and service. Enthusiasm for teaching, mentoring and advising a diverse population of students is essential.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. or dissertation completed by the time of appointment, demonstrated teaching experience, and a vigorous research program suitable for undergraduate student involvement. Deadline for applications is 30 November 2017. We welcome applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the field, and applicants are asked to state in their cover letter how they will enhance the diversity of offerings and educational experiences if hired. All offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background check. Further information is available here: dean-faculty.williams.edu/prospective-faculty/background-check-policy/.
Candidates should apply via Interfolio (apply.interfolio.com/32106). The application should include a cover letter, statements of teaching and research philosophy, curriculum vita, and contact information for three references.
Williams College is a liberal arts institution located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. The college has built its reputation on outstanding teaching and scholarship and on the academic excellence of its approximately 2,000 students. Please visit the Williams College website ( www.williams.edu). Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive.
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