Assistant Professor in Environmental Science - Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY

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Assistant Professor in Environmental Science


Biological Sciences

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Northern Kentucky University (NKU) seeks excellence by enriching its educational environment and culture through the diversity of its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive excellence.

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in environmental science with expertise and a focus in environmental health, starting Fall 2019. This position is part of a cluster hire with preference given to those whose research has been or will be focused on impacting underserved populations. We are especially interested in applicants with an interest for cross-disciplinary collaboration on campus and with the community, potentially with NKU’s new Institute for Health Innovation. Appointees will teach undergraduate courses, contribute to advising and mentoring, run a research program involving undergraduate students, and contribute in service to the university and community.

The Department of Biological Sciences has 24 full-time faculty members and approximately 500 undergraduate students. The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Biology Department. The Environmental Science Program has approximately 90 students split among the B.S. major, the new B.A. major, and the environmental studies minor. NKU is a comprehensive regional university of 14,500 students located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, OH in an area offering an outstanding quality of life. It is near a variety of natural areas and is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. For additional information about NKU, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Environmental Science Program please visit,,

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Candidates should be strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and should incorporate innovative, inquiry-based, dynamic, active-learning methods into courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in our environmental science curriculum. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs, but may include Introductory Biology, Ecology, Scientific Writing, and other courses that the successful candidate is interested in developing. We encourage applicants with expertise that can contribute to our new B.A. in environmental science with the following four tracks: 1) Nature, Culture, and Social Justice; 2) Urban Sustainability; 3) Environmental Communication; and 4) Health, Community, and Environment. The successful candidate is expected to grow a productive research program that involves undergraduate students and to pursue external funding. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and to the community, and to provide academic and professional advising to students. Candidates should demonstrate commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.













A Ph.D. in environmental science, biology, or other closely aligned fields of study; research experience in environmental science with a health focus; a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

To Apply: Submit to 1) a cover letter specifically addressing experience and qualifications, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a discussion on use of evidence-based instructional practices in the classroom in past or future classes, 3) a description of current research and goals for future research, 4) a statement of diversity and inclusion philosophy and why they are important in higher education, 5) a current curriculum vitae, 6) transcripts, and 7) contact information for three references.


Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

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