Assistant Professor of Environmental Science

Roger Williams University
Bristol, Rhode Island
Jan 11, 2022
Mar 12, 2022
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Company Description:

Roger Williams University, located on the coast of Bristol, RI, is a forward-thinking private university with 45 undergraduate majors and more than a dozen graduate programs spanning the liberal arts and the professions, where students become community-minded citizens through project-based, experiential learning. With small classes, direct access to faculty and boundless opportunities for real-world projects, RWU students develop the ability to think critically while simultaneously building the practical skills that today's employers demand. In addition to its 4,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students, RWU is home to a thriving University College based in Providence as well as Rhode Island's only law school.

Roger Williams University is committed to creating and supporting an intellectual community devoted to teaching and learning and providing the opportunity for personal and intellectual growth for students, faculty and staff. The University credits much of its growth and success to the hard work and dedication of its employees.


Job Description:

The RWU Department of Biology, Marine Biology, and Environmental Science (BMBES) in the Feinstein School of Social and Natural Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Science. We seek a broadly trained Watershed Scientist with a PhD in Environmental Science or a related discipline, and a strong record of research and expertise in using Geographic Information System (GIS) to study the hydrology, hydrogeology, biogeochemical dynamics, and/or ecology of watersheds, including human impacts on watersheds. Candidates will have experience teaching science to undergraduates, and they will be expected to lead lecture, laboratory, and field-based courses. Coursework includes introductory-level environmental science, intermediate and upper-level courses related to watershed science and management (such as Limnology, Hydrology, Wetland or Saltmarsh Ecology), intermediate- or upper-level courses in GIS for the natural sciences, and other courses in the candidate's area of expertise. Candidates will contribute to the Sustainability Studies and General Education programs through these course offerings. Candidates must demonstrate experience with or a commitment to engaging undergraduate students in research, and they should also reveal their dedication to effective science communication that will appeal to diverse stakeholders in university, local or national communities through public outreach, experiential learning and successful grant writing. The candidate must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a culturally diverse population and be committed to teaching, mentoring, and advising diverse, underrepresented students, including students of color, and non-traditional students.

The Department of BMBES at RWU is a vibrant, inclusive community of 17 scientists, serving as instructors, scholars, and advisors with demonstrated excellence in student-centered teaching, research, and service. As a department we value an environment for learning that includes a broad-based academic program; opportunities and support for undergraduate research; a collaborative and diverse faculty; an understanding of the process of science; and recognition of the importance of outreach.



PhD in a relevant field
Pedagogical training and/or experience teaching introductory through advanced coursework to undergraduates, through lecture, laboratory, and field-based instruction
Experience with or commitment to engaging undergraduate students in research
Strong record of research in watershed science
Demonstrated successful grant writing
Expertise with GIS
Experience in communication and engagement with communities regarding watershed science


Additional Information:

Roger Williams University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workforce. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law. For information on our Non-discrimination policy, visit here.

RWU prohibits all forms of discrimination on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. Complaints of Title IX sexual harassment should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at the contact information listed below. Details regarding the formal complaint process can be found here: Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures. All complaints of sexual harassment will be taken seriously and responded to promptly. TITLE IX COORDINATOR: Dr. Jen Stanley, 1 Old Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809 / Phone Number: (401) 254-3123 /Email Address:

Salaries for new hires at Roger Williams University usually fall within the minimum and midpoint ranges.

Contact Person:
Sean Colin. Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Science
Email subject Line: Watershed Scientist Search


Application Instructions:

Qualified applicants should submit: 1) a letter of interest; 2) statements of teaching philosophy and research interests; 3) a current vita; and 4) names and contact information of five references. Please include information about how you would contribute to RWU's diversity, inclusivity, and equity goals in your letter of interest. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

All employees must submit a vaccination card or complete an exemption form (available upon request) in order to provide a clear and accurate picture of campus vaccine prevalence. Please be assured that RWU closely safeguards the confidentiality of employee medical information, including documentation or other confirmation of the COVID-19 vaccination.


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