EARTH SCIENCE FACULTY POSITION OPENING
Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the Department of Earth Science. Appointment begins August 2014. We seek a new faculty member with strengths in fieldwork with expertise in structural geology or geotectonics to provide students with important and necessary training in this area, and to complement and enhance the department’s focus on environmental geosciences. The successful candidate will be responsible for revision and implementation of our field geology course to encompass our focus on environmental geology, while also providing a strong foundation in the basics of field geology. For more information, see "Employment Opportunities" at the top of this page.
EARTH SCIENCE STUDENTS DO RESEARCH
Earth Science majors Paty Jaimes andYesenia Herrera will present their geological research at the annual meeting of SACNAS in San Antonio, Texas in October.
Jenna Palmer, a double major in Earth Science and Applied Mathematics, participated in a summer program at the Harvard School of Public Health. She spent four weeks this summer doing research in the area of epidemiology.
Earth Science major Yesenia Herrera spent her summer doing geological research at Stanford University in California. Yesenia was part of the Stanford Summer Research in Geosciences and Engineering (SURGE) program.
Earth Science majors James Beer, Cesar Bustos, Eric "Spider" Heuneman,and Nimbus Shrestha had summer internships at the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at Purdue University. The interns worked with USDA scientists on cutting-edge research, developing knowledge and technology to help conserve soil for future generations.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A DEGREE
IN EARTH SCIENCE?
• Become a geologist, hydrologist, environmental scientist, environmental lawyer, geotechnical engineer, geochemist, geophysicist, meteorologist, seismologist, oceanographer, paleontologist, volcanologist—opportunities abound!
• Employment growth outlook: Faster than average (info)
• Average salary: $79,160 (info)
• Careers in the geosciences (info)
OUR DEPARTMENT MISSION
The Department of Earth Science at Northeastern Illinois University uses an integrated approach to the study of the earth environment through a synthesis of geology, oceanography, and meteorology.
We emphasize experimental studies, field work, and applications. Curricula are individually planned to provide a broad basic training in earth science and to prepare students for further graduate study or careers in the environmental, energy, and mineral fields. Programs are flexible, to meet individual student needs.
Degree options include Bachelor of Science and Master of Science, as well as a minor in Earth Science. Students can focus their coursework in the areas of petrology/mineralogy, hydrogeology, and environmental geology.
We have equipment for petrologic, petrographic, and X-ray diffraction analysis; ground water modeling by physical, field, and numerical methods; field studies involving hydraulic testing and ground water and soil sampling, including campus monitoring wells; thin sectioning and rock preparation; soil and sediment size analysis; and a student computer lab.
Two other programs are under discussion and may become available in the future: a B.A. in Environmental Geoscience, and a professional master's degree.
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