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Critical Zone Scientist

Appalachian State University
Job Location:
Environmental Science, Ecology, and Forestry
Tenure Status
Tenure Track

Provide Rank: Assistant Professor

Position Number: 096641

Department: Geological and Environmental Sciences - 250350

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate must have a Ph.D. in environmental science, geoscience, or a closely related field at the time of appointment and must possess a strong commitment to undergraduate education and research.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)

We seek a critical zone scientist with research expertise in related areas such as soil biogeochemistry, ecohydrology, and/or bedrock-surface-process interactions. The successful candidate should have a research focus that complements existing earth surface process research within the department (hydrogeology, geomorphology, atmospheric chemistry, and paleosol geology). The candidate should also be committed to field-based research and would be encouraged to utilize the university's natural outdoor laboratory setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Appalachian State University is undergraduate-only with 20 faculty members and more than 290 majors. The Department and the College of Arts and Sciences possess an array of analytical and field equipment that supports the research of 14 tenure-track faculty. More information about the department is available on our website ( Appalachian State is a comprehensive university located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and is a member of the University of North Carolina System.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

We seek a critical zone scientist to support the teaching of a writing-intensive sophomore-level science communication and career preparation course (GES 2750), an accompanying environmental field methods course (GES 2752), and to develop a new upper-level course in critical zone science. Additional teaching responsibilities may include introductory courses and labs in topics such as environmental geology and/or the water cycle.

Type of Position: Full Time Position

Appointment Type: 1.0

Number Of Months Per Year: 9

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at the university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls more than 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Proposed Date of Hire: 08/19/2024

Suggested Salary Range: Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

ABD Consideration
N/A - ABD is not applicable for this position. See Minimum Qualifications.

ABD Description

No ABD consideration: Only candidates with an earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution will be considered for the position. Since ABD will not meet the minimum requirements, ABD will not be considered.

ABD with reduction in rank and salary: ABD will be considered for this position. Evidence of successful defense of the dissertation must be received by July 31 for a fall hire or November 30 for a spring hire. If confirmation of defense is not provided by the deadline, the candidate will receive a new one-year fixed-term contract and be hired at the rank of Instructor. The candidate's salary will also be reduced to a lower rate commensurate with other full-time instructors in the same department. However, if degree verification is provided before the end of the one-year fixed-term contract, the candidate will be returned to the rank of assistant professor with commensurate compensation beginning July 1 of the following academic year.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For a complete application, please apply and submit all below-required documents electronically through Appalachian State University's Job Board:
  • a letter of interest,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy and interests (including a new critical zone course to complement the current curriculum),
  • statement of research interests,
  • unofficial copies of transcripts of all college and university work (official copies due upon employment),
  • and the names and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees familiar with the applicant's teaching and/or scholarship.
Questions about the position can be directed to Dr. William P. Anderson, Jr., at 828-262-6609 or

Review of completed applications will begin 15 October 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

UNC System Code (Section 610(2)) Special Faculty Hires

The continued employment of a special faculty member during the term appointment may be made expressly contingent on items such as the continued availability of funding from any source, on enrollment levels, or any other contingency established by the institution.

UNC System Code (Section 610(2)) Special Faculty Hires

The continued employment of a special faculty member during the term appointment may be made expressly contingent on items such as the continued availability of funding from any source, on enrollment levels, or any other contingency established by the institution.

Disability Accommodation Information

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting the Office of Access & Equity: Equal Opportunity at 828-262-2144 or email

Posting Date: 09/19/2023

Open Until Filled: Yes

Evaluation of Applications Begins

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Division of Institutional Integrity
PO Box 32126
Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-8111

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.

Eligibility for Employment

Proper documentation of identity and eligibility for employment will be required before the hiring process can be completed.

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William Anderson

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