Director PSM-Environmental Geology/Professor of the Practice - 15720BR

Director PSM-Environmental Geology/Professor of the Practice

Univ of Kansas Edwards Campus
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Position Overview

This position serves as a professor of practice and program leader for the online professional science master’s in environmental geology degree program at the KU Edwards Campus, including the master’s degree, graduate certificate in environmental geology, 4+1 accelerated BS-to-PSM-EG program (planned), and field/laboratory techniques short courses. Acts as primary representative and liaison for the PSM-EG Program to the Department of Geology administration and faculty, PSM-EG lecturers, academic success coaches, and the external advisory board for the PSM-EG. This position is a full-time, non-tenure-track, 12-month appointment with renewable 3 year appointments. Teaching responsibilities will include hydrogeology, microbial/chemical hydrogeology, environmental toxicology, site assessment and remediation, and related subjects.

In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.

Job Description

70% Teaching
Develop and teach six courses per academic year; two each in fall, spring and summer semesters.
  • Prepare for and attend all class meetings, usually three hours per section. In case of absence, the lecturer must make arrangements for a substitute to teach class, classes should not be canceled. Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and evaluate student work in a timely manner, assign grades. Adhere to department, college, and university policies. Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted offices hours each week is required.
  • Seeks out and cultivates internship and capstone opportunities for PSM students with private- and public-sector entities. Supervises and directs capstone projects as appropriate for students in the PSM-EG program.

25% Program Administration:
Program Leadership and Coordination:
  • Curriculum: Engages with employers and other workforce planners to determine workforce needs of the future and translates those needs into academic curriculum given discipline standards. Ensures continued relevance of the curriculum to meet student needs and develops mechanisms to receive consistent feedback from the relevant professional communities in the Kansas City metro area, including external advisory board and participation in professional associations.
  • Holds PSM-EG external advisory board meetings on an annual basis. Recruits, interviews, and hires new adjunct faculty for programs based on area of specialty. Plans and leads program specific orientations for incoming faculty and students.
  • In collaboration with the academic unit, conducts annual KU degree-level program assessment. Assists with National Professional Science Masters Association (NPSMA) information requests, surveys, and initial application and renewal of NPSMA affiliation process.
  • Provides leadership for program planning, including course scheduling, coordination of courses with other KUEC programs, and the KUEC annual review.
  • Collects data from current and former students for program improvement.
Recruitment: Primary recruiter for the PSM-Environmental Geology graduate degree. In collaboration with the Department Chair and the Edwards Campus marketing operation, define recruitment messages for the program and audiences.

Student Advising: Defines professional career path advising and works with KU Career Center, academic unit career centers, and Edwards Campus staff to provide career services to student.
  • Provides mentoring for students on career and educational choices.
  • Advises students on job hunting and professional networking.
  • Collaborates with academic unit undergraduate advisor in order to foster pipelines into the 4+1 Accelerated PSM.
Campus Leadership:
  • Provides robust communication between the academic unit and the Edwards Campus.
  • Participates regularly in the Edwards Campus Academic Leadership Council and Academic Program Leader Cohort (APCLC).

5% Service: Provide service to the department, university, profession, and society.

Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in CV, and (3) Review of previous teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence; 4) information provided from three professional references:
  1. MS in relevant field (geology, hydrology, engineering, earth sciences, environmental sciences, or related field) from an accredited university.
  2. Industry experience in environmental remediation, groundwater, contaminant hydrogeology, environmental toxicology, or related fields.
  3. University teaching experience at the graduate level.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Licensed Professional Geologist (PG);
  2. PhD in relevant field from accredited university;
  3. Demonstrated experience with developing and teaching online university courses in area of expertise.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes the following items:
  1. Letter of application addressing required qualifications, describing relevant professional experiences, educational qualifications and experience in hydrogeology and environmental geology;
  2. A complete CV;
  3. Names and contact information for at least three individuals who can be contacted for letters of reference.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following questions at the time of application. Each response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Please describe your experience, approach or methodologies to create and implement inclusive teaching and advising practices, pedagogical techniques and course materials to create an inclusive classroom environment.
  2. In your current and/or previous role, please provide an example outlining how you demonstrate your ongoing commitment in working with diverse groups/populations.
Review of applications will begin November 4, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Dr. Mark Jakubauskas, Search Committee Chair

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