Assistant Professor - Geomorphology/Hydrogeology

Fredonia, New York
This position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package
Oct 03, 2018
Oct 31, 2018
Organization Type
University and College
Contract Type
Full Time

Company Description

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success.  Fredonia is focused on ensuring that all Fredonia students, utilizing knowledge developed through a broad range of intellectual experiences, will be:

  • Skilled (develop Intellectual and Applied Skills, Literacies and Knowledge),
  • Connected (engage Community and Diversity: Local Stewardship, Global Citizenship),
  • Creative (demonstrate Scholarship, Artistry, and Innovation), and
  • Responsible (activate Sustainability, Ethics, Leadership, and Professionalism).

Job Description

Fredonia, State University of New York invites applications for a Geomorphologist/Hydrogeologist at the rank of Assistant Professor, tenure track, beginning Fall 2019. This is a unique opportunity to join the long tradition of commitment to inclusiveness in the Department of Geology & Environmental Sciences.  We are seeking a creative and collaborative colleague who will engage in excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service within both our majors and general education programs.

This position offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. 

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus comprehensive benefits plan including health, dental, and vision insurance and retirement plan options including a fixed pension plan or a 401(A) with generous employer contributions;
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Reporting to the Chair, the successful candidate will:

  • Teach courses in Geomorphology & Hydrogeology, as well as contributing to our general education course offerings;
  • Contribute to curriculum development and refinement;
  • Provide academic advisement to students;
  • Participate in Search Committees and provide service to the department, college, university, and profession;
  • Be aware of, understand, and follow all university policies.

Job Requirements


  • Ph.D. in geosciences, or closely related field, by September 1, 2019;
  • Ability to teach geomorphology and hydrogeology to upper-level majors;
  • Ability to teach environmental methods and environmental assessment to majors;
  • Ability to establish a program of research in the candidate's area of expertise;
  • Commitment to diversity and the needs of diverse learners;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission;


  • Doctoral focus in Geomorphology or Hydrogeology
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching to both majors and nonmajors
  • Teaching experience in Introductory Geology, Environmental Methods, Environmental Assessment, Geomorphology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Sciences, GIS, and/or Geochemistry
  • Familiarity of the geology of Western New York
  • Experience in the application of geospatial technology in research
  • Experience working with remotely sensed imagery & image processing techniques
  • Experience and interest in advising undergraduate student research
  • Experience and interest in experiential learning, including leading field trips
  • Experience and effectiveness with instructional technologies
  • Significant publication in the field
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to the university, division, and profession
  • Interest in, and commitment to, community engagement

Additional Information

This is a full-time, term appointed, tenure track position beginning September 1, 2019.

Visa sponsorship is available for this position.

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Application Instructions

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below at

Complete applications received by October 31, 2018 will be given full consideration. Names and contact information for three professional references are required as part of the application.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Teaching statement which details teaching experience and preferred pedagogies
  • Research statement describing past work and future plans, including the incorporation of undergraduates