Assistant Professor

Position Details

Position Information

Posting Number F359P
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Working Title Assistant Professor
Department Geosciences
About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country’s finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation’s best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 3 schools, 16 departments, and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president, and longtime U.S. senator.

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing an educational and work environment in which thought, creativity, and growth are stimulated, and in which individuals are free to realize their full potential. The J. W. Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences promotes these ideals and welcomes applicants who foster an inclusive environment through an open exchange of voices and ideas from populations of diverse backgrounds.

About the Department:

The Department of Geosciences is an interdisciplinary program composed of 23 faculty in Geography and Geology offering bachelor and master degrees in geography and geology, and Ph.D. in Geosciences. The Department also participates in two interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in Environmental Dynamics and Space and Planetary Sciences. The department is also closely affiliated with the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), Tree-Ring Laboratory, Arkansas Water Resources Center, and the University of Arkansas Stable Isotope Laboratory.

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Job Type Faculty
Appointment Percent 100
Salary Competitive and Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - G. David Gearhart Hall
Summary of Job Duties

The Department of Geosciences at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date in August 2018. We seek an outstanding individual with expertise in climatology, paleoclimatology, meteorology, or exceptional strength in geospatial technology and big data analytics. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, externally-funded research program and compliment collaborative research in the Department of Geosciences and the University of Arkansas. Teaching duties can include climatology, meteorology and upper division undergraduate or graduate courses in the candidate’s field of interest.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • Ph.D. in geography, climatology, meteorology, or a related discipline conferred by the start of employment
  • Demonstrated ability to teach at the senior/graduate level and additional graduate courses
  • Demonstrated ability to develop an independent, externally funded research program
Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated ability to complement and enhance the existing research areas of the Department of Geosciences, including climate variability and change, dendrochronology, remote sensing, or geospatial analysis
  • Demonstrated publishing record in top journals
  • Demonstrated funding capabilities
Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crouching
  • Grasping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Sharps
  • Stooping


  • Driving
  • Feeling
  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Standing
  • Talking
  • Walking


  • Reaching
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Does this Position require a Motor Vehicle Reports Check? No
Does this position require a background check? Yes
If yes, please specify
  • Criminal background check
  • Sex offender registry check
Does this position require a substance abuse test? No
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Anticipated Start Date
Recruitment Contact Information

Dr. Song Feng
Assistant Professor in Geosciences

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Completed applications received by November 27, 2017 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, a curriculum vita, a brief statements of research interests, and a brief statement of teaching interests.

A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process. The letters should address the research and teaching experiences of the applicant. Letters will be requested from the references provided for all finalists selected for a pre-screening interview.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.
EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No
City, St. Fayetteville, AR

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
Optional Documents
  1. Proof of Veterans Status