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Geology (Affiliate Faculty) - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Apply now Job no: 492690
Work type: FAC - Affiliate Faculty - One year/Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • M.S. in Geology or higher

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
The Geology Department invites applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track Affiliate faculty position, starting in the 2018-2019 academic year.  We seek a creative and dynamic educator to teach introductory geology courses as part of the general education program.  We require at least an M.S. in Geosciences with demonstrated teaching experience.

The teaching load will be mainly introductory geology courses, some with labs and/or large lectures (e.g. GEO 100, 105, 111). Many of these courses involve field trips or field experiences.  There may be opportunities to teach courses related to the disciplinary strengths of the candidate. The teaching load is typically 12-15 credits per semester. Individuals will be appointed for one academic year on a full time basis. This may be renewed once for an additional academic year. Thereafter, such individuals may be appointed for three (3) consecutive academic years.

We are particularly interested in enthusiastic and innovative educators who can implement effective pedagogy and contribute new activities and field experiences to those already developed by department faculty.  We will encourage the successful candidate to participate in professional activities with students and in the community.

We strive to build a diverse and equitable community of scholars and teachers in our department and encourage all qualified applicants to apply regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and/or national origin.  Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

Salary:  Commensurate with Experience

Department/Division:  Geology/College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
The Geology Department includes 12 tenure-track faculty and ~100 majors (Geology, Geology-Chemistry, Earth Science) and serves ~125 Integrated Science majors.  The department values field trips and collegial faculty-student interactions (see

Campus: Allendale

Application Deadline Date:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on December 18th, 2017.

How To Apply: Candidates should apply online at and click “Apply now”.  Attach a letter of application, vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for at least three references familiar with your teaching and experience.  If you have questions about applying online or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.   Questions about the position can be directed to the Search Chair, Dr. Figen Mekik, Department of Geology, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI 49401 (; 616-331-3020).

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