Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science – The Pennsylvania State University

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State 
University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil 
Science. This is a non-tenure track, faculty position on a 48-week academic 
year appointment with 100% teaching responsibilities in a fixed-term multi-year
(3 year) contract with the opportunity and expectation for continued renewal. 
We seek a colleague interested in a career of innovative instruction across 
classroom, laboratory, and field settings. Teaching responsibilities will 
include introductory soil science course (resident education and online) and 
labs and may include general education courses for non-science majors, upper 
level courses for environmental science majors, or other courses of interest 
to the candidate. The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management houses 
the soil science program within a broader interdisciplinary unit. We seek a 
long-term colleague to contribute to continuing excellence in soil science that 
builds on existing strengths in soil physics, biogeochemistry, microbiology, 
and pedology applied across forest, turfgrass, and agricultural ecosystems. 
The successful candidate is expected to interact with our scientifically diverse
faculty as well as research and teaching scholars throughout the University. We 
seek applicants who explore novel active learning approaches and with a 
commitment to hands-on lab and field experiences for students. Qualifications 
include a Ph.D. in soil science or a related discipline and a strong record of 
teaching scholarship including demonstrated excellence in undergraduate 
teaching. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements 
by the appointment date. Communication, creative leadership, congeniality, and 
the ability to work cooperatively among a diverse population of students, 
faculty, staff, industry and agency groups is essential in our department and 

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, committed to 
providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled 
individuals, and other protected groups. Penn State encourages applications 
from members of these groups. Penn State is responsive to the needs of 
dual-career couples. All Penn State faculty are expected to comply with relevant
 policies, maintain high ethical standards, and participate in professional 
service and/or outreach. Central Pennsylvania offers thriving communities with a
 reasonable cost of living, excellent schools and health care systems and 
numerous recreational, arts and entertainment opportunities. The area offers 
beautiful mountains, streams and parks, as well as superb sports and 
recreational opportunities. State College and the surrounding communities are 
home to approximately 100,000 people, including over 45,000 students. Interested
 individuals are invited to apply at 

For further information, contact Dr. Jason Kaye (; 814-863-1614). 

Application materials requested are: cover letter, CV, statement of teaching 
philosophy, a statement which addresses past experiences and plans for 
developing a diverse, inclusive, and equitable teaching program, up to three 
examples of innovative teaching scholarship (e.g., active learning materials, 
videos, online content, reprints of refereed teaching journal articles, etc.), 
transcripts of undergraduate and graduate degrees, and names and contact 
information for three references. 

Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1, 2019, and the search will 
continue until the position is filled but interviews are anticipated in early 
June. Desired start date is October 2019 with teaching beginning in 
January 2020.

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