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Two Assistant Professors, Tenure-Track, Sam Houston State University

The Department of Geography and Geology at Sam Houston State University invites applications for two, full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level beginning August of 2018. Each position will teach a standard 3-3 load consisting of two sections of an introductory, general education course and an upper-division specialty or elective course per semester. The ideal candidates will have a commitment to a high quality undergraduate teaching program that values both field and laboratory instruction, involve undergraduate students in research, and the ability to work with a diverse student body. Review of complete applications will begin December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applicants have submitted all required materials listed below by that date.

Assistant Professor Sedimentology-Stratigraphy: The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in geology or geosciences with concentrations in sedimentology, stratigraphy, or closely related field at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be able to teach a required upper-division course in Sedimentology and Stratigraphy at an appropriate level. We seek a colleague who will integrate a robust field component into their teaching and research. The successful candidate will also develop a research program that will incorporate and mentor undergraduate students. Preferred areas of research include but are not limited to applied sedimentology and/or stratigraphy, paleontology, or applications of the sedimentary record/paleontology to paleoclimatology. The willingness to contribute to a strong tradition of field-based inquiry is a plus.

Assistant Professor Applied Geophysics: The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in geophysics, geology, or closely related field at the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be able to teach a required upper-division course in Applied Geophysics at an appropriate level. Industry experience in applied geophysical methods is preferred but not required. The successful candidate should have the ability to utilize existing geophysical equipment (GPR, portable magnetometer, portable seismometer, etc.) for teaching purposes. Areas of research are open, but ideally would actively incorporate undergraduate students. We seek a colleague who will actively contribute to the department through quality teaching, research, and mentoring of undergraduate students. Willingness to contribute to a strong tradition of field-based inquiry is a plus.

Research Facilities: The geology program is well equipped for teaching and research. Available equipment in addition to those mentioned above include but are not limited to:
• Hitachi S3200N SEM with EDS
• Rigaku XRD and dedicated lab equipment
• Research Nikon Cathodoluminescence Petrographic Microscope
• Dedicated Nikon U-stage Petrographic Microscope
• Hand-held Niton XLP 300A XRF Analyzer
• Multi-purpose Teaching-Flume
• Dedicated rock preparation laboratory
• Two Hand Held Core Drills

In addition, the department has a dedicated 7,500+ square foot core laboratory for core analysis and general research and a core refrigerator. Other analytical equipment is available through TRIES (Texas Research Institute for Environmental Studies), located on campus.

Application Process:
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current vita, and brief statements of teaching philosophy and research interests to: for the Sedimentology-Stratigraphy position, or for the Applied Geophysics position.

Please have three professional references send their letters to the same website.
Direct questions about the application process as appropriate:
Sedimentology-Stratigraphy: Dr. Pat Harris, Chair of Sedimentology Search (email:
Applied Geophysics: Dr. Joseph Hill, Chair of Geophysics Search (email:

Applicants selected for the on-campus interview process will be asked to supply transcripts showing appropriate degrees. Official transcripts will be required for appointment.

About SHSU: Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and named after Texas’ greatest hero, General Sam Houston. With a total enrollment of approximately 20,000 students, SHSU is classified as a Doctoral Research Institution by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and offers 79 undergraduate degree programs, 54 masters programs, and five doctoral programs. The department has approximately 100 geology majors and offers degrees in geology and geoscience. More information is available on the department’s website . Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.