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Teaching Assistant Professor

Department of Atmospheric Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

The Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for a mission-critical position focused on online teaching at the graduate level. This is a full- time academic appointment (non-tenure track) at the rank of Teaching Assistant Professor (title commensurate with experience and qualifications), but with opportunities for summer salary through additional online course instruction. 

The Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is a world leader in research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty in the College create knowledge, address critical societal needs through the transfer and application of knowledge, and prepare students for lives of impact in the state, nation, and globally. To meet these objectives, the College embraces and values diversity and difference through hiring faculty candidates who can contribute through their research, teaching, and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the Illinois community. 

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The successful applicant will help develop and then maintain online courses at the graduate level in the area of Weather and Climate Risk and Prediction; these courses will form the core of an online M.S. program being developed by the department. The typical course load is four online courses per academic year in this area; s/he will also have the option to teach one to two additional courses during the summer, with a salary supplement. S/he will be expected to contribute to continued development and improvement of the online M.S. program, and also mentor students in this program. Finally, as a teaching professor, s/he will be expected to conduct disciplinary and/or pedagogical research. 

QUALIFICATIONS A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, meteorology, or a closely related field, is required. The appointment requires experience in college- or university-level teaching. Also required is experience working with numerical models and/or data analysis, and proficiency in computer programming. Proficiency in Python, experience using github or version control and cloud/cluster computing, and experience using and editing video media, will enhance an application. Experience in online teaching and online course development, and experience working with and mentoring students, will also enhance an application. The successful applicant will possess the ability to work collaboratively with faculty in developing online materials, and the ability to work with a multi-media team in video production. 

SALARY AND APPOINTMENT INFORMATION Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. The preferred start date is March 1, 2020 with appointment dates of March 1, 2020 – May 15, 2020. The position is renewable yearly based on funding and strong performance reviews. Renewed appointments will be on a 9 month service basis (Aug 16- May 15). 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES AND DEADLINE INFORMATION Create your application through https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload PDF files of your cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of teaching philosophy. The online application will require names and contact information for three references. Applicants must also upload PDF files of the following: 

  • Sample syllabi, assignments, and other teaching materials that provide evidence of the quality of their instruction so far, or of instruction that they hope to do. 
  • A 1- to 3-page narrative that describes their current and/or future plan for contributing scholarship that enhances the Department and University and make an impact beyond the campus. Research discussed can be disciplinary, pedagogical, or both. 
  • Copies of any published works completed. 

Please contact Broderick Williamson at brodsr@illinois.edu if you have questions. In order to ensure full consideration, applications (in PDF format only) must be received by December 31, 2019. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. 

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