Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Assistant Professor – Geology / Geoscience Education


The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the State University of New York College at Oneonta invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with broad experience in geology and ability to contribute to a nationally recognized program in Earth Science teacher preparation beginning Fall 2021. The professional obligation is for a ten-month academic year. Expectations include teaching, research, student advisement, college service, and continuing professional development.


SUNY Oneonta is a public college in Central New York, enrolling about 6,500 students in bachelor’s, master’s and graduate certificate programs. Most of SUNY Oneonta’s main campus lies within the City of Oneonta, which is located in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, the City of Oneonta is the largest municipality in a rural region dominated by agriculture and tourism.


Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially and live purposefully. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance and culture. The college’s and ratings are 4.5 and 4.1, respectively.


Beyond campus, many residents enjoy the natural beauty of the Catskills. Outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and running are among the most popular. Several ski areas nearby typically operate for seasons lasting over 100 days beginning in late November or early December. During the summer, boating, swimming and other water sports are popular on lakes throughout the region.


The eight-member Department is multi-disciplinary with undergraduate programs in geology, earth science, earth science education, and meteorology. The Department strongly encourages its faculty to conduct/supervise research projects that involve undergraduates. We have a strong history of excellence in teaching, faculty-student mentoring, and continued contact with alumni. The Department is part of the School of Sciences, which consists of 10 academic departments and 2,400 students majoring in 22 programs. To learn more about the College or the Department, please visit or


Duties include but not limited to: teaching undergraduate courses in areas such as geoscience education, introductory geology, introductory oceanography; possibly other courses such as historical geology, environmental geology, sedimentary geology or other courses to meet department needs; advising and mentoring undergraduate students; professional development; service on college/departmental committees; providing outreach and professional development opportunities for in-service earth science teachers.


Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in geology with a strong background or experience in geoscience education with a focus in teacher preparation -or- Ed.D. in geoscience education and strong background in geology (ABD considered, doctorate required by time of first renewal notification); field-oriented approach to teaching and research; willingness to conduct research with undergraduate students; ability to work collaboratively with faculty in science teacher education.


Preferred: experience with science teacher preparation; at least three years of experience of teaching high school or middle school earth science; experience with providing professional development for science teachers; additional expertise in one or more fields including: hydrogeology, environmental geology, soil science, or sedimentology; and experience working with diverse populations and/or pedagogies and/or multicultural teaching experience.


To apply online go to:  Please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and copies of graduate transcripts (official transcripts required at time of appointment).  Contact information for three professional references is required.


Review of applications begins immediately.


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