2024 Environmental Science Lecturer/Assistant Professor

March 14, 2024

Job Description

2024 Environmental Science Lecturer/Assistant Professor

Wenzhou-Kean
University

Wenzhou-Kean University (WKU), located in Wenzhou, China, one of three Sino-American universities along with NYU
Shanghai and Duke Kunshan University, is approved by the Ministry of Education of China. Launched in 2012, WKU offers a unique model of
higher education in partnership with Kean University, a comprehensive, public university in the state of New Jersey that is accredited by
the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. WKU sits on approximately 500 beautiful acres and currently enrolls about 4,600 students,
and it is now in the midst of rapid growth that will bring enrollment to 7,500 students within the next four years. All instruction is in
English, and all curriculum is provided by Kean University. In addition to its current 18 undergraduate programs, WKU has been approved by
the Ministry of Education for offering 8 Master’s and 3 doctorate programs. Wenzhou is one of the most vibrant and economically
advanced developed cities on China’s East Coast, located one hour by plane and just over three hours by high-speed train from
Shanghai.

About the Job:

The College of Science, Mathematics and Technology seeks highly motivated
individuals to join the Chemistry department at WKU.

All faculty positions are full-time assignments, practical for the start of the
2024 Spring semester or later if positions are unfilled. These positions are full-time assignments appointed on a 3-year contract at the
first instance.

Lecturer is a full-time, 11-month employee who teaches 39 credits per year and provides
student and learning support services during the assigned period. Lecturers are expected to provide high-quality teaching, student
advisement, and learning support services, as well as service to the university, college, school, program, and/or the professional
community, and perform related work as required. These positions are full-time assignments appointed on a 3-year contract at the first
instance which will be renewed upon satisfactory performance.

Tenure-track Assistant
Professor is a full-time, 10-month employee. These positions are appointed on a 3-year contract at the first instance which will be renewed
contingent on positive evaluations. Tenure-track faculty will apply for tenure after 6 years of service. Early career researchers with Ph.D.
degree in Environmental Science, Meteorology, Geosciences, Oceanography, or related disciplines, obtained within the past 10 years from
reputable universities (Carnegie R1 institutions or comparable research institutions with strong academic reputation in the fields), are
encouraged to apply. Tenure-track candidates should possess a strong track record for publication and are ready to lead their own research
groups independently.
Tenure-track faculty are required to teach 24 credits per academic year and conduct research. Six credits teaching
release time will be provided to new faculty each year for the first two consecutive years of the appointment to support external research
grant development and other significant research endeavors. Thereafter, release time may be available by application on
competitive basis.
The university will provide start-up grants (up to 300,000 RMB) in support of their research programs. After joining
WKU, faculty will apply to a variety of internal research funds including international research collaboration grants (up to 300,000 RMB per
project) as well as external grants at the municipal, provincial, and national levels. Tenure-track faculty are also
expected to provide service to the university and/or professional community.

Teaching assignments and related responsibilities
may include day, evening, and online courses. Interest or experience in using advanced instructional technologies to improve the
teaching/learning process is highly desirable. All faculty may be required to teach General Education courses as needed. Opportunities are
also available to teach disciplinary support courses.

Qualifications: 

A doctorate degree in
Environmental Science or closely related fields is required. English fluency is required. Candidates should be able to teach upper-level
courses related to Oceanography, Meteorology, Atmospheric Science, and Geosciences/GIS in addition to other Environmental Science related
courses. For tenure-track positions, early career researchers with Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science or closely related disciplines
obtained within the past 10 years from reputable universities (Carnegie R1 institutions or comparable research institutions with strong
academic reputation in the fields), are preferred. Tenure-track candidates should possess a strong track record for publication and are
ready to lead their own research groups independently. They are expected to plan and conduct research and develop extramurally funded
research programs involving students, which is essential for tenure and promotion. Tenure track candidates are also expected to publish
peer-reviewed articles in high impact journals in Chemistry or in closely related fields. In addition to teaching and student-engaging
research duties, candidates are also expected to contribute to the growth of the programs, including but not limited to curriculum
development, program assessment, student recruitment/advisement, senior project supervision, internship opportunities, research experiences
for undergraduates (REU), etc.

Application Information:

Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled. Please send cover letter, resume, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research goals,
unofficial transcripts, two most recent peer-reviewed academic publications, and contact information of three professional
references by email to the Search Committee Chairperson at wkues@wku.edu.cn. Official transcripts for all degrees and three current letters of recommendation are
required before appointment.

Faculty positions at WKU offer:

· $66,000-$72,000 for 11-month Lecturers
and $70,000-$78,000 for Assistant Professors. The salary of extraordinary candidates shall be determined on a case-by-case basis.

· The University will provide start-up grants to support tenure-track faculty to start their research programs.

· A
well-rounded healthcare coverage, academic travel up to $2,000, housing options and subsidy up to $3,000, home traveling up to $6,000 (2
international round-trip airfares), a reimbursement to cover relocation expenses up to $1,000, shuttle bus to campus for work, and up to 8%
front-load retirement benefits in accordance with completion of years of service with the University.

· The opportunity to
teach high-quality students. About 50% of graduates have been admitted to the graduate schools at the World’s Top 50 Universities, and
about 60% of graduates at the World’s Top 100 Universities.

Background Screening:

Wenzhou-Kean
University conducts background screenings on all candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third-party administrator to
conduct background screenings.