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Assistant Professor of Geology
Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minnesota
Date Posted 03/04/2021
Faculty-Science-Geology, Earth Sciences & Oceanography
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 17, 2021

JOB TYPE:  One (1) Year Fixed-Term

Bemidji State University (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant Professor of Geology. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.

BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 

Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

BSU’s Geology Department offers a vibrant and diverse program that educates future geoscientists and drives cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing some of Earth’s most pressing issues impacting humanity.  We explore, discover, innovate, and teach integrative and interdisciplinary geology courses, including hydrogeology, environmental geophysics, soils, mineralogy & petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, Physical & Historical Geology, glacial & Pleistocene geology, Planetary sciences. Our faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students are active in hydrogeology; mineralogy; geophysics; paleontology; geohazards & Natural disasters, volcanology, geology of American national parks and sedimentology and stratigraphy.

BSU’s College of Individual & Community Health is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability. Offers of employment are contingent on completion of a background check.

Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of Geology include:

  • Teaching a mix of 24 credits per academic year at the undergraduate and graduate level.Courses may include courses in General Physical Sciences and Surface Geology: Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Mineralogy and Petrology, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Glacial and Pleistocene Geology, and Topics in Paleontology, which may include introductory and advanced courses in Environmental Sustainability, and other topics in the candidate's area of expertise.The primary purpose of this balanced teaching/research position is to teach introductory and advanced Geoscience courses that meet the curricular needs of the Program as well as University’s General Education requirements and support the Geology Minor.
  • Designing and delivering on-campus and/or online courses, as needed.
  • Promoting student development through advising and other activities.
  • Conducting a vigorous research program in Geological Sciences relevant to Northern Minnesota issues and supervising students.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the University.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values .

Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Earned Ph.D. degree in Geology (ABD will be considered) or allied field from an accredited program.
  • Experience teaching in both online and face-to-face settings.
  • Experience teaching in preferably 3 or more of the following courses in Surface Geology: Sedimentation and Stratigraphy, Mineralogy and Petrology, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Glacial and Pleistocene Geology, and Topics in Paleontology, in a four-year Higher Education setting General Physical Sciences.
  • Ability to develop a research agenda that incorporates graduate and undergraduate students and connects to key relevant geological issues to Northern Minnesota.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Postdoctoral experience in Geology or allied field from an accredited program.
  • Industrial, governmental, or nonprofit experience in an environmental field, petroleum or mineral explorations, or geochemistry investigation is considered an asset.
  • Evidence of relevant teaching, mentoring students, and research experience, including peer reviewed publications.
  • Experience in field-based Sedimentary Geology, with a demonstrated potential for collaborative research incorporating innovative analytical, technological, and/or quantitative techniques.
  • Experience in field-based Geology, with a demonstrated potential for collaborative research incorporating innovative analytical, technological, and/or quantitative techniques.
  • Interest in recruiting and working with students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience working with classroom technology and innovative teaching, such as D2L s

Apply online:             https://bemidjistate.peopleadmin.com/

If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at teresa.hanson@bemidjistate.edu .



Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

For further information, visit our website at: http://www.bemidjistate.edu

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