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Pennsylvania State University
  • Position Number: 4438550
  • Location: University Park, PA
  • Position Type: Agriculture - Plant and Soil Science

Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science

The Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at The Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science. This is a non-tenure-line 100% teaching faculty position paid on a 48-week academic year appointment with a fixed-term (3 year), renewable contract. Annual teaching responsibilities include Soils 071 - Environmental Sustainability (every other spring semester), Soils 101 - Introductory Soil Science (resident education and online courses in fall and spring semesters), Soils 102 - Introductory Soils Science Laboratory (fall and spring semesters), and ERM 440 - Chemistry of the Environment: Soil, Water, and Air (spring semesters).

The successful candidate will join the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, which contributes to the College of Agricultural Science's Soil Science program along with other departments in the college. The individual will contribute to continuing excellence in soil science that builds on existing strengths in soil physics, biogeochemistry, microbiology, and pedology applied across forest, turfgrass, and agricultural ecosystems.

Qualifications. Individuals should hold an advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) in soil science or a closely related discipline and have a record that demonstrates excellence in undergraduate teaching. Applicants who have demonstrated novel active learning approaches and shown commitment to hands-on lab and field experiences for students will be given priority. The successful candidate must have completed all degree requirements by the appointment date. The desired start date is January 2024 or sooner.

Applications. Interested individuals are invited to apply at Application materials should include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three references. Applicants should provide evidence, either woven through their application materials or as a separate statement, of a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusive excellence, and belonging and of engagement which creates an inclusive environment in their classroom, department, and the University. Questions about the application process should be directed to Mary Jo Schillings at

Applications are due August 21, 2023. The search will continue until the position is filled.

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