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Lecturer of Climate Science

Utah State University
Logan, Utah, US
Closing date
Sep 29, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Full time
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The Department of Plants, Soils and Climate and its Climate Science Program invite applications for a full-time, academic year, term appointment position at the level of Lecturer to begin in January 2022. We seek candidates with expertise in areas such as meteorology, weather/climate prediction, extreme events, climate change physics, etc. that complement existing strengths in the climate program. ()


Primary responsibilities include (1) the development of a high-quality teaching portfolio employing hands-on, data-driven learning techniques in Atmospheric and Climate Science, (2) teaching three courses per semester to contribute to the department's bachelor's degree program in Climate Science, and (3) performance of student mentoring duties commensurate with a full-time teaching appointment in the department. Evidence of excellent verbal, written, and social media skills is required.

The successful candidate will teach a variety of classes at the freshmen to senior levels and co-advise students in preparation for professional conferences. The successful candidate's course responsibilities comprise - Climate and Climate Change (PSC 4820/6820, 3 credits), The Atmosphere and Weather (PSC 2000, 3 credits), Synoptic Meteorology (PSC 4870, 3 credits), and a Climate Science Practicum (PSC 4xxx, 2-4 credits); these 4 core courses will be supplemented with 2 other courses elective or otherwise. Role statement consists of 90% teaching and 10% service. The initial term is for three years with the possibility of renewal.


Minimum Qualifications:

A minimum of M.S. degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Climate Dynamics, Physical Oceanography, or related fields.

Evidence of high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

A commitment to quality teaching that incorporates hands-on learning and to mentoring of a diverse student body.

Preferred Qualifications:

Evidence of effective communication skills as described previously.

Experience in community engaging projects that involve undergraduate or graduate students.

Required Documents:

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Resume/RESUME"

2) Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application

3) Statement of Teaching to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under "Documents 1-5"

4) Three professional references with contact information

Document size may not exceed 10 MB.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights:

The Climate Science Degree (CSD) program integrates basic and applied principles of meteorology, climatology with environmental physics, which are concerned with how natural laws determine the climate. These include understanding and measurements of the atmosphere, soil, water and plants, and how the data are used to address practical issues related to climate change. The purpose of the CSD is to train the next generation of global leaders in climate and climate change sciences. The undergraduate degree program emphasizes the scientific study of the behavior of weather and climate, and applications to the important practical problems of climate prediction.

The Department of Plants, Soils and Climate courses emphasize understanding the physical, chemical and biological mechanisms that operate in the continuum of the soil, plants and atmosphere and how they affect the management of a wide range of agricultural and natural systems. Undergraduate courses focus on acquiring and applying knowledge and developing the skills students will need in their chosen field of study. The program also prepares students to develop lifelong learning skills, understand and appreciate diversity, be productive citizens of the world and be professionals in their vocations. A major effort is directed at extending research and teaching programs to all citizens of the state of Utah.

University Highlights:

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah's land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State's statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. in 2019 and the in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found .

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful ; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU's non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed)

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, , Old Main Rm. 161, (phone number removed).

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit , or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, (phone number removed),

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, (phone number removed),

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.
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