Assistant Professor of Meteorology

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Position Summary

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites candidates to apply for a tenure track faculty position in Meteorology at the assistant professor level. This is a nine-month faculty contract beginning in Fall 2024. MSU Denver is a predominantly undergraduate, public, urban, minority-serving institution in the heart of downtown Denver.  MSU Denver values its identity as a teaching-focused institution.

The vibrant and diverse EAS department is home to eleven tenured faculty and three lecturers across four degree granting programs in Geography and GIS, Environmental Science, Geology, and Meteorology.  The department houses a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, a minor in meteorology, and a minor in climate change, as well as several other majors and minors in the other programs.  The professional concentration of the meteorology major fulfills the requirements for the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Service. The EAS department does not have graduate programs.  The department has a dedicated Meteorology classroom and a meteorology computer lab with AWIPS and a weather wall.  As a UCAR member, the program has close ties with the nearby National Center for Atmospheric Research.  MSU Denver has a robust mentoring program for tenure-track faculty and this candidate would join a new GIS professor in the department and a cohort of incoming faculty in the Roadrunner Faculty Academy to set them up for success.

The successful candidate will teach 9-12 credits of undergraduate meteorology courses each semester, that includes Physical Meteorology, Thermodynamic Meteorology, Climatology, and introductory Global Climate Change courses.  We prefer candidates who can integrate modern computer programming activities into some of their courses.  The successful candidate will join two tenured meteorology professors and a talented group of part-time meteorology instructors who have a wide variety of expertise and flexibility in what they can teach.  Therefore, in addition to our preference for someone to take on the Physical, Thermodynamics, and Climatology courses, the successful candidate has the option to teach Radar and Satellite Meteorology, Field Observations of Severe Weather, Weather Discussion, Weather and Climate Lab, Meteorology Research Seminar, Air Pollution, Mesometeorology,  and more.

MSU Denver prides itself on offering our courses in a variety of modalities: in-person, asynchronous online; hybrid, and self-paced. The department’s courses within our General Studies curriculum mostly involve Weather & Climate and Global Climate Change, although other options to teach General Studies Curriculum exist outside of the meteorology program, but still within the department (e.g. Oceanography, Physical Geography, Global Water Concerns, and science courses for future teachers).

In addition to teaching, the professor will be responsible for mentoring students through the program and onto their careers, contributing to service at the university, and maintaining scholarly activity.  Our department guidelines for tenure can be accessed on our webpage.

Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences are committed to active and strategic initiatives in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our discipline-focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to the discipline, the community, and society.

MSU Denver enrolls over 17,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.

Responsibilities

The duties of the position entail:

  • Teaching 24 credits per academic year, with potential for reassigned time in the first year to focus on professional development and establishing a research agenda (80%)
  • Advising and mentoring undergraduate students, engaging in scholarly activities and professional development, and service to the department, college, university, and/or community (20%)

 

Requirements

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in Meteorology, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, or closely related discipline conferred by the start of the fall semester in August 2024
  • Demonstrated teaching experience in meteorology
  • Demonstrated ability to teach Physical Meteorology, Thermodynamic Meteorology, and Climatology
  • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory level Global Climate Change

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to integrate modern computer programming activities into teaching
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence
  • Evidence of ability to teach, or experience teaching in one or more of the following areas: Radar and Satellite Meteorology; Meteorology Research Seminar; Air Pollution; Mesometeorology; Field Observations of Severe Weather; Weather Discussion
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and experience working with diverse populations

Salary for Announcement

The anticipated hiring range for this position is $62,000 – $65,000 at Assistant Professor rank. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training. There is the possibility of supplemental pay for summer teaching, grants, and other course improvement participation projects. In addition, faculty in EAS are encouraged to apply for tenure as soon as they have fulfilled the minimum time required in position and met the department guidelines for tenure and promotion.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by April 7, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Interested applicants must apply online at MSU Denver’s career site, https://msudenver.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/MSUDenver, and search for JR102180.

Attach the following documents to your application:

  • Letter of application that explicitly addresses the required and preferred qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy highlighting teaching experience, pedagogical approach, and how you would engage a diverse student body in the classroom (2 pages maximum)
  • Unofficial graduate transcripts
  • Please prepare a list of three references and their contact information

**Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday Home page, searching ‘Find Jobs’.

Ocial transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

To apply for this job please visit careercenter.ametsoc.org.