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Assistant/Associate Professor in Geological Engineering


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Geology & Geological Engineering (10000923)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Mississippi invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.  The anticipated appointment date is January 2022, with the possibility starting in August 2021.  Although the area of teaching and research expertise is open, the successful candidate for each position will be required to contribute broadly to our geological engineering programs, complement or supplement our existing areas of expertise, and contribute to retention efforts and advising undergraduate geological engineering students.

The Department of Geology and Geological Engineering offers B.S. degrees in both the SACS-accredited Geology program and ABET-accredited Geological Engineering program, with M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology, Geological Engineering, or Hydrology.  We are located in the historic town of Oxford, in the wooded hills of north Mississippi.  Oxford has a small college-town atmosphere with excellent public schools, affordable housing, performing arts, fine restaurants, and bookstores.  The urban attractions of Memphis, Tennessee are 70 miles to the north.


The successful candidate for the position will teach two courses per semester while maintaining an active research agenda.  Excellence in research will be established by critical peer evaluation, publication record, research grant applications, and graduate student supervision and support.  Responsibilities will include advising undergraduate majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, serving on university committees, and service to the community and profession.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

All candidates must have earned a Ph.D. in a discipline related to geological engineering at time of appointment.  The position requires evidence of engineering-related experience or expertise, but does not require traditional engineering credentials.  Additional requirements are demonstrated ability to teach undergraduate courses in geology and geological engineering, effective communication skills, a strong desire to mentor students, and evidence of scholarly achievement.

Application Procedures

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled or until an adequate applicant pool is established.  Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, including a publication list, a statement of research and teaching interests, a separate statement outlining how they see themselves contributing to our mission of building a diverse and inclusive discipline with a strong department, and contact information for three references. For additional information, contact Dr. Robert M. Holt at 

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Nearest Major Market: Oxford Mississippi