Temporary Assistant Professor Environmental Science


: $87,053.33 - $150,240.00 /year *

Employment Type

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Temporary Assistant Professor Environmental Science

About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:
Campus Title: Assistant Professor, Environmental Science (one-semester temporary)
State Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Environmental Science
Job Code: HA3200
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-6014
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full-Time Temporary
Timeframe: Spring Semester 2020
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday

Salary: $55,000.00-$65,000.00 (Commensurate with experience)

The College of Mathematics and Sciences (CMS) is comprised of six departments which all have the goal of engaging students through inquiry, innovation, and technology. Our academic focus is centered around our desire to learn about and improve the human condition and the natural world. Students are prepared for entrance into the workforce or advanced studies due to a strong academic foundation and experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and undergraduate research. CMS includes approximately 65 full-time faculty and 1000 students.

Department of Environmental Science

Westfield State University is one of the few universities to have a Department of Environmental Science, currently with 145 students. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts. The area offers a low cost of living and a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, yet the campus is just a half-hour from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and one hour and a half from both Boston and Albany. The University owns a beaver pond / wetland complex, property on the Wild and Scenic Westfield River and woodlands which are often utilized for field -based teaching and research. We have a strong working relationship with environmental partners such as The Nature Conservancy, MA Division of Ecological Restoration, Wild and Scenic Advisory Committee, National Park Service, and others.

General Statement of Duties:

The Department of Environmental Science at Westfield State University (WSU) seeks a one-semester, full-time environmental science faculty member for the spring semester of 2020. Teaching responsibilities include courses in Soil Science and Environmental Chemistry/Toxicology. WSU considers teaching and focus on student learning to be the primary duty of faculty. However, research is encouraged, especially projects that involve undergraduates and/or community partners. The department offers a collegial work environment where classes are relatively small.

Additional information on the Department of Environmental Science can be found at: www.westfield.ma.edu/envs and on our departmental Facebook page:


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in an environmental-science discipline.
  • Dynamic and engaging teacher and interested in mentoring undergraduate students in their area of scientific expertise.
  • Relevant education and/or experience teaching soil science and environmental chemistry.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates with experience with wetland science are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Highly-qualified candidates will have real-world work experience in their field of expertise and evidence of outstanding teaching ability or potential.

NOTE: Qualified applicants may consider applying for tenure-track position which will begin in fall 2020 (will be posted separately).

Additional Information:
Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) ###-####.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:
An online application is required. A complete application includes:

Cover Letter*
Curriculum vitae
Unofficial copy of transcripts of highest degree
Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
Contact information for three reference letter providers**


** Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. ...@interfolio.com).

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin October 28, 2019. The job will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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