Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Mineralogy and Petrology (Tenure Track Position)
Position Description:
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Furman University invites applications for an open-rank, tenure-track position in Mineralogy and Petrology beginning in August 2020. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. prior to the date of appointment and demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, student advising, and research with undergraduates, with a primary interest in igneous or metamorphic processes and a broad interest in mineral resources and sustainable resource use. We welcome candidates with diverse perspectives who employ a variety of research methods, including field, analytical, and computational approaches. The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to develop an innovative research program that provides meaningful, rich, and varied educational experiences for undergraduate students. Furman’s location at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provides easy access to a geologically and ecologically diverse region with ample opportunity for integrating field experiences and local research into the curriculum. Teaching responsibilities consist of four courses with labs per year, including Earth Systems (EES 115), Mineralogy and Petrology I (EES 220), and upper level electives. Candidates with experience in GIS or spatial analysis methods as well as an interest in collaborative research connecting geosciences and sustainability science are particularly desirable.

Applications can be submitted at:​. Applicants should include PDF versions of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy (2 pages maximum), a statement of research interests and future research priorities (2 pages maximum), an initial research plan for work with undergraduates (2 pages maximum), diversity & inclusiveness statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service might contribute to a liberal arts college community that includes a commitment to diversity & inclusiveness as part of its core values (2 pages maximum); unofficial transcripts; and names of three references. Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2019


Our Department and Expectations for the Position:
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is home to two undergraduate majors: Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Sustainability Science. We have a diverse faculty representing physical and social sciences with a common mission to positively impact the environment and society through teaching, research, and mentorship.  The department hosts extensive lab facilities and instrumentation, with opportunities to incorporate analytical techniques into teaching and research.

The mission of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is to provide a rigorous, current, and integrated undergraduate education in Earth Systems Science. The educational goals of our department strongly complement the liberal arts philosophy of the University and seek to develop the student both as a scientist and as a thoughtful citizen seeking solutions to global problems in the 21st century. Accordingly, we expect all faculty members to contribute to the intellectual, professional, and personal growth of our students. We believe this means faculty members of Furman University should be teachers first, consistent with the primary mission of the University. As such, all tenure decisions are made through the lens of teaching with an emphasis on a "student first approach".

We as a department pride ourselves on good teaching. We place emphasis on good quality instruction, and as such expect our faculty to continually strive for excellence as a teacher, mentor, and advisor who demonstrates a strong commitment to effective and engaged interactions with students. We follow a "Teaching through Research" philosophy that emphasizes collaborative faculty-student research. Research is seen as a direct extension of our teaching and is as much about "research as a tool for teaching" as it is about the published outcomes. In particular, teaching through research leads to the professional development of the student, and prepares students both for careers in industry and graduate school. As such, faculty in our department are expected to directly incorporate students into their research agendas and projects. Faculty are expected to be present and working with students on collaborative research through the academic year and during the summer. Additionally, collaboration with faculty members both within and outside the department is highly encouraged. Finally, we expect each faculty member to fully engage in the life of the university. Thus, departmental and university service is an important and necessary responsibility of all faculty. Our department values collaboration, cooperation, and collegiality within and outside our department. We are a small, close knit department who prides ourselves on these values, and recognize their importance to our success.
The University:
Furman University is a nationally ranked, private, residential, national liberal arts university located in Greenville, South Carolina, which has a thriving downtown and a vibrant international community,. The University enrolls approximately 2,700 undergraduate students. The residential student body is the ideal size to enhance scholarly activity, personal growth, and leadership development. Located only 30 minutes from the mountains and three hours from the South Carolina shore, Furman is nationally acclaimed for its extraordinarily beautiful campus and has been recognized as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. The Furman faculty and staff has little turnover and great loyalty to the institution. Recently, the Chronicle of Higher Education named Furman one of the best small liberal arts colleges and universities in the country in staff satisfaction.
Furman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing faculty diversity. The university aims to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view and varied abilities.


For any further information, contact Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan​ (


Furman University will meet with prospective candidates at the 2019 annual meeting of the Geological Society of America (GSA) in Phoenix.

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