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Visiting Assistant Professor-Environmental Sciences & Society

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Work type: Academic Staff - 9 Month Renewable
Location: Platteville
Categories: Life Sciences

Position Summary:

The Department of Environmental Sciences & Society invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor with a passion for teaching undergraduate courses in GIS, remote sensing (especially regarding drone operation and applications), and the environmental natural or social sciences. The successful candidate will contribute to the newly established environmental science and conservation major by offering courses that help students develop critical skill sets for studying and understanding socioecological systems and environmental change. We are particularly interested in hiring a colleague who also holds expertise in some of the following areas: geomorphology, cartography, weather and climate, biogeography, environmental conservation, and world regional geography. However, we welcome any applicants who can make a compelling case for how they might contribute to current department strengths.

This is a 100%, 9-month position, that may be renewed on an annual basis for up to three years. Benefits are excellent and include employee health, dental, and faculty life/disability insurance, retirement, and opportunities for professional development. Salary range is $48,000-$54,000 commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • The primary duty will be teaching undergraduate courses. 
  • Ability to engage modern pedagogy to teach undergraduate students from freshman to seniors.
  • Record of professional development, or a willingness to develop in the area, related to teaching, research, or scholarly work.
  • Ability to effectively interact and collaborate with colleagues to complete tasks and goals.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

PhD in geography, environmental science, ecology, an environmental social science field, or other related discipline that is engaged with scholarship at the nexus of human-environment relationships.

The ability to teach introductory GIS and remote sensing courses as well as contribute to other departmental course offerings.

Experience with and a passion for teaching undergraduate students through field, classroom, and laboratory settings.

Demonstrated history of engagement with diverse students, partners, and collaborators.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Why It’s Great to be a Pioneer:

The Department of Environmental Sciences & Society offers undergraduate majors in environmental science and conservation and in broad field science, along with minors in environmental science, social and environmental justice, geography, and GIS, and certificates in social and environmental justice and GIS. The department includes four tenure-line faculty, one post-doctoral scholar, one lecturer, and one administrative specialist.

Our teaching and newly renovated research facilities are exceptional and include ample teaching space, excellent natural science laboratories, a field equipment room that provides easy access for loading gear and equipping student groups for field-based learning, and a beautiful outdoor laboratory provided by the campus grounds that include extensive open space, woodlands, a meandering stream, restored native prairies, and the geologically diverse and biologically rich Platte Mound.

Our department is home to the Tree-Ring, Earth, and Environmental Sciences Laboratory (TREES Lab) that recently moved into a 2000+ ft2, newly renovated research space in Boebel Hall ( The TREES Lab is fully equipped for environmental research and is a hub of undergraduate research at UW-Platteville. The person who fills this position will have immediate access to research space in the TREES Lab.

Campus Information:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, founded in 1866, offers 47 baccalaureate and 10 master's programs. It possesses institutional strengths in middle level education, engineering, industrial technology, agriculture, criminal justice and business. The campus is located in Southwest Wisconsin's largest and most historic community. The region offers excellent school systems, high quality medical and hospital facilities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and vibrant businesses and industries. UW-Platteville is a cultural and educational center for the Tri-State region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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Application Deadline:

To ensure full consideration applications must be submitted through our online applicant portal and received by July 8, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.


How to Apply:

The following documents are required for applicant consideration:

  • Letter of application addressing all required qualifications
  • A current resume
  • Contact information (name, telephone number, and email address) for 3 professional references.
  • Additional documents as needed


We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Our mission is to foster a diverse environment that contributes to an inclusive culture and climate by promoting critical discourse and meaningful interactions between all members of our campus community.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is committed to recruiting, supporting and fostering a diverse, inclusive and civil community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and is an AA/EEO Employer. A criminal background check is required for employment. Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the U.S. at time of hire.

It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam era veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.

The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provided reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices. The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans and veterans of the Vietnam era. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to Human Resources.

Each individual associated with the University is called upon to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain a campus environment free of harassment and discrimination, an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.

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The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).

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