Full-time, Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Position for Environmental Informatics
Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech, 
Blacksburg, Virginia

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia 
Tech seeks applicants for a collegiate assistant professor position in the area 
of Environmental Informatics. Collegiate faculty members have a primary 
commitment to the instructional mission of the department, including 
undergraduate teaching, curricular and program development, and the design and 
integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy.  Candidates for this position 
should provide evidence of potential leadership in promoting teaching 
excellence and enhancing curricula.

The individual will be a core member of the faculty team responsible for 
teaching in our Environmental Informatics major.  This teaching role includes 
four undergraduate courses: Digital Planet, Introduction to Environmental 
Informatics, Information Technologies for Natural Resources Management, and a 
senior-level experiential learning course in environmental informatics. More 
information about these courses can be found in the undergraduate catalog 
(www.undergradcatalog.registrar.vt.edu/1819/frec.html). Additional 
responsibilities will include: engaging in curricular updates and course 
transformations, mentoring undergraduate students majoring in environmental 
informatics, and fostering diversity and an inclusive atmosphere in the 
curriculum and department.  The candidate is expected to remain current in 
environmental informatics and related fields, and to serve on departmental, 
college, or university committees as a contributing member of the department 
and the broader university community.

 The collegiate faculty rank is a non-tenure-track position that offers a clear 
promotion path through assistant, associate, and professor levels. Appointment 
at the collegiate assistant professor rank is for three years and renewable 
without limit. With promotion to associate or professor collegiate ranks, 
contracts are renewable without limit with increasingly longer-term 
appointments.  Collegiate faculty are full members of the department faculty, 
and are expected to participate in department and professional service. 
Collegiate faculty members may conduct research on the scholarship of teaching 
and learning and/or on disciplinary topics and present their findings in 
professional venues, but there are no expectations for an extensive research 
program as is typical of tenure-track faculty appointments.

 Required Qualifications:

 Ph.D. with emphasis on applications of environmental analytics to forest 
and/or other ecosystem sciences and management

Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence through experience and/or 
training with strong promise for being a leader in the instructional mission

Preferred Qualifications:

 Expertise in geospatial analysis and data science for forest and/or other 
environmental applications with a record of research achievements

Demonstrated ability in the design and integration of innovative and inclusive 
pedagogy including experiential learning opportunities

Vision, creativity, and leadership skills relevant to instruction and 
technology related to instruction

Scholarship in the area of pedagogy

Experience in mentoring undergraduate students

Application Process:

Candidates must apply online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/93062.

Questions and inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Kevin McGuire 
(kevin.mcgu...@vt.edu), chair of the search committee.

Application review will begin February 14, 2019, and continue until the 
position is filled. The start date for the position is no later than August 10, 

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