Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge and addresses complex real-world challenges that cross disciplinary boundaries. In this context, Virginia Tech plans to increase interdisciplinary capacity and disciplinary excellence in coastal hazards and disasters with a series of linked hires within the Center for Coastal Studies and the Global System Science Destination Area. In this collaborative spirit, the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) and the Center for Coastal Studies (CSS) at Virginia Tech seek applications to fill a tenure-track faculty position in the field of coastal engineering with an emphasis on coastal hazards and disasters.
The Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering has 79 faculty, and a current enrollment of 320 graduate students and over 650 undergraduate students. The department ranks 8th and 9th in undergraduate and graduate education, respectively, among all U.S. civil engineering departments (USN&WR). With classroom and lab facilities in Blacksburg, Virginia and the National Capital Region of Washington, D.C., the department is one of the largest civil engineering programs in the United States.
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The College of Engineering, whose undergraduate program ranks 13th and graduate program ranks 31st among all U.S. engineering schools (USN&WR). The Mission of the College of Engineering is to educate and inspire our students to be critical thinkers, innovators and leaders. Our core values are inclusiveness, excellence, integrity, perseverance and stewardship.
The successful candidate will join the Center for Coastal Studies (https://coastal.fralinlifesci.vt.edu/), which brings together 50+ faculty from eight of the nine academic colleges of Virginia Tech. The Center is affiliated with the Global Systems Science Destination Area (provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html) that is focused on the study of the dynamic interplay among natural and social systems. Faculty working together in this area are collaborating toward transdisciplinary solutions to critical social problems emergent from human activity and environmental change. Work in this area also embraces equity in the human condition by seeking the equitable distribution and availability of physical safety and well-being, psychological well-being, respect for human dignity, and access to crucial material and social resources throughout the world’s diverse communities.
The successful candidate will contribute to teaching, research, and service activities within the Department’s Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Program, and to service activities in the College and University. Responsibilities include developing a nationally/internationally recognized and externally funded research program, mentoring and supervising doctoral and master’s students, and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses.