Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor
Marine and Environmental Science
Date Posted:
Closing Date:
Open Until filled


The Department of Marine and Environmental Science in the School of Science at Hampton University invites applications for a nine-month tenure track faculty position in Marine and Environmental Science, at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2022.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is a leading historically black university (HBCU) located in the City of Hampton on the James River drainage of the Chesapeake Bay. It is a privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution.

Founded in 1981, the Department of Marine and Environmental Science ranks annually as or among the top producers of African-American marine science undergraduates. The department is also growing a joint graduate (Masters) program with the Department of Biological Sciences. Our faculty members have diverse research interests and currently lead both research and training programs funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Education Partnership Program and the National Science Foundation. These include internationally recognized multi-decadal training and experiential grants as well as highly competitive, nationally recognized research awards.  Early Career faculty members in the Department currently hold highly prestigious Research Initiation and CAREER Awards from the National Science Foundation. The successful candidate is thus expected to likewise develop a vibrant, productive, and nationally recognized research program funded by competitive state, federal, and/or private sources.

Duties and Responsibilities

Candidates with highly productive research backgrounds in terrestrial, aquatic, and/or geosciences and an interest in developing a local research program training students in Virginia’s Coastal Plain and its watersheds will be considered.  Candidates with research experience in green energy technology, environmental ecology, and/or wetland restoration ecology are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications from candidates from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds in the aquatic and environmental sciences are likewise highly encouraged. We seek candidates committed to inclusive excellence in teaching, with demonstrated ability to teach and mentor a diverse range of students from underrepresented backgrounds in the aquatic and environmental sciences. This position carries the standard teaching load at Hampton University: 12 credits (4 courses) per semester. The successful candidate will teach field and laboratory courses at both graduate and undergraduate levels drawn from the fields of ecology, environmental science, conservation biology and resource management, as well as the quantitative and geospatial sciences. The successful candidate will train students in funded research projects, including mentorship of both undergraduate and Masters theses.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in Aquatic (freshwater or marine) or Environmental Science, Ecology, Oceanography, Geoscience, or related discipline. Documentation of Postdoctoral experience and teaching experience and ability is required. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Applications should include (1): a cover letter that highlights how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and service will support the Department’s and University’s mission, (2) a current CV, (3) a research statement up to 3 pages in length that describes past research accomplishments and future research plans, (4) a teaching statement no longer than three pages evidencing teaching philosophy and experience, (5) a one page maximum statement on the candidate’s evidenced commitment to Diversity and Inclusion, and (6) contact information for three references, at least one of which must attest to teaching experience and ability with diverse student audiences.  Application materials must be submitted by 1 November for full consideration for the position.

Questions regarding the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Andrij Horodysky (andrij.horodysky@hamptonu.edu)

The application materials must be addressed to:

Dr. Deidre M. Gibson

Chairperson, Department of Marine and Environmental Science

3 Shore Road

Hampton University

Hampton, VA 23668


All application materials must be emailed to the following address:

Mrs. Jevonal Cooper, Departmental Secretary (jevonal.cooper@hamptonu.edu)


*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



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