Assistant Professor, Tenure Track - Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health - 18718

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The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) in the College of Business & Economics (CoBE) at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (UW-W) is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Environmental/Occupational Safety & Health beginning August 2023. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses for the Occupational Safety B.S. (distributed, construction safety, and environmental management emphases) and graduate courses for the M.S. in Environmental Safety & Health (online), research, and service to the University and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may include:

·    Risk management and loss control (commercial and workers comp insurance preferred)

·    Construction safety and health, Construction management

·    ISO auditing/management systems and international safety and health

·    Environmental management

This is a renewable nine-month appointment with summer semester options available. Preference will be given to applicants at the Assistant Professor level, although well-qualified/experienced applicants at higher levels will also be considered



The successful candidate will be able to teach a variety of courses in occupational and environmental safety and health as part of the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and the Master of Science in Environmental Safety & Health. The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate and graduate students, results in publications and presentations, and contributes to advancing the Department, University, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.

UW-W seeks demonstrated commitment to diversity, both cultural and across learning styles. All faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and hybrid courses, weekend classes, and evening classes. They may also be required to serve the University and the local community in various modalities, including leading learning communities, mentoring students, and providing development opportunities for colleagues, schools, and community groups.


Successful candidates will have a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, EdD, etc.) in an environmental safety and health or closely related field, including (but not limited to) the following:

·    Risk management and loss control (commercial and workers comp insurance preferred)

·    Construction safety and health, Construction management

·    Engineering

·    Public health or policy

ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2023; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2024 in advance of their first scheduled review.

Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate and graduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, commitment to working with diverse populations, and serving as an active member of the university community. A research record in environmental safety and health, or the ability to develop and carry out a research agenda, is required. Good oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential. Candidates with professional experience in OESH and certification are desirable (CSP, CIH, ARM, CRM, PE, CHMM, REM, etc.). Salary is commensurate with academic preparation, experience, and certifications.


Full-Time teaching responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

·    Personal and Public Safety

·    Introduction to OSH

·    OSH management

·    Risk Management and Loss Control (new course)

·    Safety in the Construction Industry

·    Construction Safety Management

·    Environmental Management

·    Analysis and Design for Safety in Industrial Operations

Additional teaching responsibilities potentially include:

·    Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in face-to-face, hybrid, and online formats

·    Curriculum development and review for improvement and re-accreditation

·    Internship supervision

Research expectations are for all tenure-track positions to pursue an active research agenda, including applying for grants, collaborating with other faculty or members of the ESH community, and publication of research. In addition, faculty members serve as advisors/mentors to students and are encouraged to engage students in undergraduate research or other scholarly and creative activities. Service responsibilities include committee work at the departmental, college, and university levels and participation in community organizations relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online or in a hybrid format or courses in the evenings or on weekends [if applicable]. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.


The Department of Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (http://www.uww.edu/cobe/departments/safety) prepares students for rewarding careers protecting America’s workforce, the public, and the natural environment. Our faculty are nationally-recognized, and our graduates are highly-sought after.

Coursework covers a wide range of subjects, including approaches to accident prevention, environmental protection, ergonomics, fire prevention, and legal aspects, among others. The students are provided with essential skills to recognize and evaluate risks and devise and implement effective control methods. In addition, students are provided with several practical work site experiences, culminating in a full semester internship with a practicing ESH professional. Our B.S. in Occupational Safety degree is ABET-ANSAC accredited, and the B.S. and M.S. degrees are BCSP qualified academic programs (QAP), so graduates can obtain the graduate safety practitioner designation (https://www.bcsp.org/GSP).

The UW-Whitewater College of Business and Economics (http://www.uww.edu/cobe) is an inclusive, collaborative and entrepreneurial learning community dedicated to sharing values, knowledge, and skills to prepare current and future business professionals to contribute successfully and responsibly in a global business environment. UW-W CoBE is Wisconsin’s largest AACSB accredited business school, offering nationally recognized traditional classroom and online courses and bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.



The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

For UW-W campus safety information and crime statistics, see http://www.uww.edu/annual-safety-report or call the Dean of Students Office at 262/472-1533 for a paper copy.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a salary commensurate with the candidate’s education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System’s comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure.



UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also offered to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org).The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org). 


Complete applications received by October 10, 2022, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be considered at the search committee’s discretion. Application materials will be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in a phone or online screening and on-campus interviews.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Alvaro Taveira, Search & Screen Chair, 262-472-5427, taveiraa@uww.edu


Complete applications will include online submission of the following materials:

·    Cover letter/letter of interest

·    Statement of teaching philosophy

·    Curriculum Vita

·    Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)

·    Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)

To apply and submit these documents online, please visit http://www.uww.edu. Click the Employment link at the bottom of the page, then follow the UW-Whitewater Careers link at the top of the next page. The Job ID is 18718. 

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262/472-1024 or hrstudent@uww.edu.

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