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Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Position Number: 1418979
  • Location: Mankato, MN
  • Position Type: Science - Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography

Geology, Assistant Professor

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Minnesota State Mankato, MN
Job Type: Probationary
Department: Academic Affairs
Job Number: 01055
Position: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)
Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin on April 4, 2019 and go until the position has been filled.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate introductory geology and soil science courses, a new introductory soil and water analysis course, and an upper-division elective course that complements the existing geology curriculum.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility includes twelve (12) contact hours per semester of instruction.
  • The successful candidate will advise undergraduate majors.
  • The successful candidate will teach other courses within the Geoscience curriculum based on program needs.
  • The successful candidate may be requested to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as needed.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, and will regularly complete assessments of student learning.
  • The successful candidate will develop an undergraduate research program and pursue external funding opportunities.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues to create and implement innovative strategies to recruit, retain, and graduate Geology majors and maintain professional relationships with program alumni.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement)

Required Qualifications
  • Doctorate in Geoscience or a closely related field, with graduate coursework in Geology. (All requirements for the doctorate must be completed by August 1, 2019, and the doctorate must be conferred on an official transcript and received in Human Resources by January 8, 2020.)
  • A successful research record focused on physical and/or chemical aspects of soils as evidenced by extramural funding, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching geology.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • College-level geology teaching experience.
  • Experience in one or more of the following: soil geochemistry, soil physics, soil health and conservation, agro-geology.
  • Ability to contribute to growth and development of an undergraduate geology program.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a broad range of geology courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain an applied research program including undergraduates, focused on the agricultural aspects of soil chemistry, mineralogy, and /or physics.
  • Evidence of recent scholarly activity, including publications and professional presentations.
  • Ability to utilize, develop, and maintain laboratory instruments and facilities in support of geology instructional and research needs.

Additional Information

The Geology program at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM) is a new, growing program staffed by three permanent faculty and currently hosting ~20 majors pursuing the BS Geology degree and the Environmental Geology certificate. It also supports the Earth Science Teaching program. Housed within the Chemistry and Geology Department located in Ford Hall (opened in 2008), key facilities include an instrumentation lab housing X-ray diffraction and fluorescence spectrometers and a liquid TOC/N analyzer, two research labs equipped for rock and water sample analysis, a full complement of rock and sediment sample processing equipment, a dedicated computer lab, and two teaching laboratories. A scanning electron microscope is available in a shared facility housed in the neighboring Biological Sciences Department. A campus-wide agriculture initiative has been supported through recent hires of a soil ecologist (Biology), a soil geomorphologist (Geography), and the establishment of the Institute for Regenerative Resources and Agrisciences. Located 85 miles southwest of the Twin Cities metro area, MSUM is well positioned to serve the large agricultural and environmental services industries in the region. Additional information about the program can be obtained at:

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-world thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website, select the job title, and click the green "Apply" button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three(3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate's relevant graduate degree(s)
  • Cover Letter
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

Steven Losh, Chemistry & Geology
Chair of Search Committee
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Phone: (507)389-6323
TTY: 800-627-3529

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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