Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science - Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 15:45

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science. This is a non-tenure track, faculty position on a 48-week academic year appointment with 100% teaching responsibilities in a fixed-term multi-year (3 year) contract with the opportunity and expectation for continued renewal. We seek a colleague interested in a career of innovative instruction across classroom, laboratory, and field settings. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory soil science course (resident education and online) and labs and may include general education courses for non-science majors, upper level courses for environmental science majors, or other courses of interest to the candidate. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management houses the soil science program within a broader interdisciplinary unit. We seek a long-term colleague to contribute to continuing excellence in soil science that builds on existing strengths in soil physics, biogeochemistry, microbiology, and pedology applied across forest, turfgrass, and agricultural ecosystems. The successful candidate is expected to interact with our scientifically diverse faculty as well as research and teaching scholars throughout the University. We seek applicants who explore novel active learning approaches and with a commitment to hands-on lab and field experiences for students. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in soil science or a related discipline and a strong record of teaching scholarship including demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. Communication, creative leadership, congeniality, and the ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, faculty, staff, industry and agency groups is essential in our department and University. Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups. Penn State encourages applications from members of these groups. Penn State is responsive to the needs of dual-career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional service and/or outreach. Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Interested individuals are invited to apply at For further information, contact Dr. Jason Kaye (; 814-863-1614). Application materials requested are: cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement which addresses past experiences and plans for developing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable teaching program, up to three examples of innovative teaching scholarship (e.g., active learning materials, videos, online content, reprints of refereed teaching journal articles, etc.), transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and names and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2019, and the search will continue until the position is filled but interviews are anticipated in early June. Desired start date is October 2019 with teaching beginning in January 2020.


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