Assistant/Associate Professor, Zoo Science (Tenure-Track)

Otterbein University
Columbus, Ohio
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Otterbein University, a comprehensive liberal arts institution, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in the broadly defined area of zoo and conservation science. RESPONSIBILITIES: Tenure-track faculty teach a total of 21 workload hours per academic year. New faculty are given 3 workload hours of course release for each of the first two years, to set up lab and prepare courses. The faculty member in this line will teach courses specific to the Zoo and Conservation Science Program, as well as other courses in the major, and potentially within the university's Integrative Studies Program. The faculty member in this line will be a member of the steering committee for the Zoo and Conservation Science Program in addition to being a member of the Department of Biology and Earth Science. This person will advise students in the program and work closely with our partner institutions, including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center. DEPARTMENT: The Department consists of twelve full-time and several part-time faculty members. We offer majors in Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, and Zoo and Conservation Science, including an Aquarium Track. We offer minors in Biology, and Earth Science. Department faculty also lead the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies minor and Sustainability major. The Department is an active participant in the general education of Otterbein students, and we offer several global education travel courses during the academic year or May term. Visit us at to learn more about the Department of Biology and Earth Science and the Zoo and Conservation Science Program. PARTNER INSTITUTIONS FOR THE ZOO AND CONSERVATION SCIENCE PROGRAM: The Zoo and Conservation Science program has multiple partner institutions, including the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Ohio Wildlife Center. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, located 12 miles from the Otterbein campus, is locally and globally recognized for its naturalistic habitats and conservation initiatives. The Ohio Wildlife Center is the premier non-profit wildlife rehabilitation organization in central Ohio. It has immediate and continual veterinary expertise and services, and treats over 6,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing over 150 different species at its emergency facility in Columbus each year. In addition, students in our program do internships at numerous zoos and conservation facilities across the US and internationally. OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY: Historically progressive. That is the hallmark of Otterbein University and those connected to this private university nestled in the picturesque, historic Uptown Westerville district in central Ohio and minutes away from Columbus, Ohio's largest city. Otterbein has set the pace by providing an educational experience that is progressive, innovative, and inclusive. Students come from towns throughout Ohio, as well as many states and multiple countries, enriching the campus through their individual and collective diversity. As a university that educates students of various racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, we strive for and value a diverse faculty and staff that reflects our student population and Franklin County. Otterbein is the first university in Ohio to be selected by the American Association of Colleges and Universities to host a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Center. Otterbein will work with its own campus community as well as the Columbus City and Westerville City school districts to create positive narrative change about race; promote racial healing activities; and erase structural barriers to equity and opportunity. To learn more about Otterbein, visit . WHERE: Otterbein University is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, and has received notable national designations, including two appearances on Money Magazine's Top 100 list of Americas' "Best Places to Live" and recognized as one of Forbes "America's Friendliest Towns." Westerville has a population of approximately 37,000 people and combines the beauty and convenience of a medium-sized community with the cultural, educational, and economic benefits of Columbus, the state capital, a thriving and diverse metropolitan area of 1.4 million people. Central Ohio is the fastest growing area in the state with stability provided by a diversified economy.
The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. in biology (or a related field) or DVM, and will have significant experience working in zoos and their conservation efforts. The candidate must demonstrate an active research agenda; excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring; a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a willingness to contribute to university life through advising and service. Preference will be given to candidates with an ability to teach courses such as conservation biology, intro to zoo and conservation science, animal behavior, animal reproduction or other courses within the program. Our new faculty member will have the opportunity to develop a course in their area of expertise. The successful applicant should have a desire to contribute to, and potentially direct, our nationally recognized program in Zoo and Conservation Science. Otterbein University requires all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or have a medical or religious exemption approved by the University HR department. Proof of vaccination or an approved exemption must be submitted to the University Human Resources department prior to the employee's start date. Finalist candidates who would like to request information regarding religious and medical exemptions will be directed to HR for details.
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