Tuesday, September 8, 2015

RECRUITING PLAN - Geosciences Tenure Track Position – Hydrogeologist (Foley Replacement –tenure-track) Search 2015-2016

Position: Assistant Professor of Geosciences (Department of Geosciences)

Search Committee:
The search committee will include the subset of the tenure track members of the department who are not on sabbatical or in their last year of teaching at PLU. A person from outside the department will be chosen.

Search Committee Members:
Peter Davis-- search chair
Rose McKenney – department chair and diversity advocate
Alex Lechler

Consulting members:
Claire Todd – will be on sabbatical, but will likely meet with candidates
Duncan Foley – may be involved to some degree, but not completely
Jill Whitman

Outside person – Lauri McCloud, Sociology if she is still willing

Final Position Description:
See attached page

Methods of Recruitment:
• HR posting on their website, combined ad(s) in Chronicle of Higher Education, and individual ad on HigherEdJobs.com
• Advertising in four geoscience society print publications and/or on-line postings, including the Association for Women Geoscientists and SACNAS (a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of  Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists)
• Distribution of ad by listserve(s) to the geologic community – through GeoEd
• Posting for free on website for the National Association of Black Geoscientists (http://www.nabgg.com/)
• Posting for free on Geothermal Resources Council website
• Posting on the PLU Geosciences Department website

Advertising/Recruitment August and September
“Closing Date”/Review of applications October 1, 2014
Phone interviews Mid-October
Campus Visits Early November
Offer tendered Before Thanksgiving

Advertising in a wide array of venues to attract a broad applicant pool
Committee reads files from all applicants and selects a short list of 10-15 candidates
Department reads files of short listed applicants and meets to select 8-10 semi-finalists
Committee conducts phone interviews with semi-finalists
Committee presents phone interview results to department and department selects finalists - make recommendation to dean (who consults Provost)
Bring 2 finalists to campus for visit with department members, students and administrators and presentation(s)
Department meets to make final decision after committee chair consults with dean and Provost
Minimum Criteria:
PhD required (by September 1, 2016)
Specialization in environmental geology – ability to teach Hydrogeology and contribute to field trip course.
Teaching experience (at least as Teaching Assistant)
Demonstration of excellence preferred
Evidence of successful research program
Potential for successful research involving undergraduates in field-based research and is appropriate for institution such as PLU
Evidence of commitment to undergraduate education in liberal arts context and interest in participation/collaboration outside Geosciences (Gen Ed, IHON…)

Advertising  and Search Budget:
Search Expenses (Provost Office budgets $3000 per search)
Campus visits - Bring 2 candidates to campus @ ~$1700 per visit
Airplane ticket $900-1000
2-3 nights of hotel @ $125/night
Local travel costs – airport parking/shuttle, mileage
Meals for 3 days (lunch, dinner) with students, faculty $350-450
Estimated Search Costs: $3400
Advertising & Recruitment (see attached page)
Total $700
Costs covered by HR $700, Remaining costs covered by search budget
Estimated Search Costs: $0
TOTAL Estimated Search Costs: $3400
Costs in excess of $3000 will be covered by the department
Salary Range: $53,000 (2014 salary quoted here, for 2016 it should be commensurate with starting Assistant Professor and experience)
Start Up Costs:
$10,000 from Provost
Additional funds, as needed up to $10,000, from division
Research space?
Relocation allowance $2000 (or as appropriate)
Transition Stipend for August $1000 

Position Description/Job Posting for HR
Version 6-24-15

Assistant Professor of Geosciences – Environmental Geology
The Department of Geosciences at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure-track position in environmental geology at the level of Assistant Professor to teach beginning September 1, 2016. Applications are welcomed from candidates with research and teaching interest over a wide spectrum of environmental geology who can teach hydrogeology, develop a field-oriented research program, are interested in involving undergraduate students in research, and are willing and able to contribute to our departmental field trip course.   Areas of expertise that complement the areas of expertise of the current faculty are of particular interest.  Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary research and cultivation of new collaborations will be an asset in the position. We are seeking a person with a commitment to excellence in teaching at a predominately undergraduate institution, collegiality and flexibility to meet the needs of our students and the program, and a dedication to establishing a field-based research program that engages students. Participation in extended field trip experiences, the general education program, and mentoring senior capstone research projects is also expected.  Ph.D.in Geology or closely related field is required. ABD will be considered, but Ph.D. must be in hand by September 1, 2016.

Pacific Lutheran University is a comprehensive university with a College of Arts & Sciences and four professional schools. Total enrollment is about 3500 students.  Located in a uniquely scenic region of the Pacific Northwest, the university’s campus is 40 miles south of Seattle and 40 miles west of Mt Rainier near Tacoma, Washington.  PLU has an on-campus site for conducting aquifer tests and a nearby off-campus site with six observation wells and a stream, which provides the opportunity to study groundwater/surface water interaction. The university’s mission is to educate students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care.  PLU enjoys a healthy and progressive relationship with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, serves a diverse student population, and endorses the goals of equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Submit application at XXX. Required materials:  cover letter, c.v., statement of teaching philosophy, unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and potential research plans with undergraduates. Three confidential letters of recommendation will also be requested by PLU upon application. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015, but the position will remain open until filled. For questions or more information, please contact Dr. Peter Davis, Search Committee Chair at 253-538-5770 or davispb@plu.edu.

Advertising Plan/Budget
Journals/Professional Societies
Geological Society of America  - Claire purchased using Rose Lloyd’s card. Will be printed and posted in September.
 In September GSA Today print ad and web posting – 1 month
Due by August 1 for Sept publication
~$300 ($9.15 per line + 10% for sep pub) – print ad, includes free web posting for month 6/14)
Association for Women Geoscientists – Claire submitted on July 30th; No response from the yet. I submitted it before the deadline!
On website and e-mail posting – 1 month
(Due by August 1)
$125 (E-News and Job-Web posting) (6/14)
National Association of Geoscience Teachers – Claire submitted on July 30th. It will be posted/e-mailed for four months.
$100 per ad, 4 months – on website, Facebook page and monthly emails (6/14)
SACNAS (a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists) – Peter and/or Rose to do closer to actual search timeline. Only for 7 days, so I thought the 7 days would be more effective later.
$150 for 7 days of online ad (6/14)
Estimated Total: $675

LISTSERVE Mailings (Free)
HR Advertising
Group ads in Chronicle of Higher Education (print and online)
HigherEdJobs.com (on line individual ads)
Web Sites (Free)
PLU - Human Resources
PLU - Geosciences - http://www.plu.edu/geosciences/
National Association of Black Geoscientists - http://www.nabg-us.org/index.html
Geothermal Resources Council http://www.geothermal.org/ posted for a month-send position description and contact information. Email to Anh Lay (alay@geothermal.org)

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - Columbia University Earth Institute: Posdoctoral Fellowships in the Earth, Environmental and Ocean Sciences

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowships in the fields of the Earth, environmental, and ocean sciences. Candidates should have recently completed their Ph.D. or should expect to complete their degree requirements by September 2016.

Researchers at the Observatory work to understand the dynamics of the Earth’s chemical, physical, and biological systems, from the core to the upper atmosphere, including Earth’s interactions with human society.  Our scientists lead research in the fields of solid Earth dynamics; ocean, atmospheric, and climate systems; cryospheric dynamics; paleoclimate; and biogeoscience.
The principal selection criteria for Fellows are scientific excellence and a clearly expressed plan to investigate problems at the forefront of Earth science. Applications from all related fields are welcomed.

Fellowships are supported institutionally for 24 months, include a $5,000 research allowance, and carry an annual salary of $62,000. Successful candidates will be encouraged to apply for external funding and may be eligible for further internal awards and positions. LDEO is especially interested in qualified candidates whose record of achievement will contribute to the diversity of the Observatory’s scientific personnel.

The deadline for applications is November 16, 2015.

For more information, and to apply for the fellowship, please visit:

Contact:  The Office of the Director, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY 10964
Tel: 845-365-8546 • Fax: 845-365-8162 • Email: pdfellowship@ldeo.columbia.edu 
Web: www.ldeo.columbia.edu
Note: Related postdoctoral opportunities are available at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, http://www.earthinstitute.columbia.edu/postdoc/
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is committed to diversity. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action – Race/Gender/Disability/Veterans Employer.

Staff Associate Position - Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University invites applications for a Staff Associate to join a team of scientists, data managers, and IT developers to contribute to the development and maintenance of digital scientific data and information systems operated by the Lamont Geoinformatics group. Primary responsibilities of this position will be the compilation and management of lunar sample data as part of a NASA-funded project. Primary tasks include digitization, formatting, quality control, and database ingestion of geochemical and petrological data and metadata from the scientific literature and from datasets submitted by investigators, DOI registration of datasets, and support for investigators during data compilation. Contribute to improving and documenting data management workflows. Contribute to educational and outreach activities. Assist with communication of progress to the science community.

Candidates should have a Bachelor Degree in Geological Sciences or Chemistry or closely related Science and 4 years of related experience in laboratory work in analytical chemistry, geochemistry and/or geology, or a Master’s Degree in Geological Sciences or Chemistry or closely related Science with 2 years of experience in laboratory work in analytical chemistry, geochemistry and/or geology required.  Excellent organizational and communication skills. Technical experience with scientific databases, metadata standards and/or analytical geochemistry is preferred.

Search will remain open for at least 30 days after the ad appears and will continue until the position is filled.
Please visit our online application site at https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=61420
for further information about this position and to submit your application, curriculum vitae, cover letter, personal statement and contact information for three references.

Columbia University benefits provided with this Officer of Research position.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer -- Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

We accept online applications only.