The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 9-month tenure track Assistant Professor with 40% research, 30% teaching, 20% outreach, and 10% service assignment. The position start date is anticipated to be Jan 1, 2023.
This position is jointly funded by MSU and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources through the Partnership for Ecosystem Research and Management (PERM). The PERM agreement (https://www.canr.msu.edu/perm/) is a highly successful alliance between government agencies and MSU and is focused on applying research to natural resource management. Through the PERM agreement, this faculty position will jointly serve MSU and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Wildlife Division.
The individual selected will join a diverse group of faculty members, post‐doctoral scholars, staff, specialists, and students who provide a vibrant, internationally recognized program of research, instruction, and outreach to achieve science-based fisheries and wildlife conservation and management. The individual will also work directly with the MDNR Wildlife Division’s Biological and Social Science Section, providing human dimensions expertise and services to managers with diverse wildlife management responsibilities. These responsibilities range from game species management, including regulation recommendations, to recovery of rare species and associated environmental concerns, including climate change and land use policies.
The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course in human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife management every year, as well as one other three-credit course that aligns with the individual’s area of expertise, in consultation with the Department Chair (total of two courses per academic year). The candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant research, outreach, and engagement program supported by external funding from diverse sources, which includes advising graduate and undergraduate students and publishing results in journals appropriate for the field of study. The candidate’s program will be developed in consultation with, and executed in partnership with, MDNR Wildlife Division to align with the applied needs of wildlife management.
Required qualifications: An earned Ph.D. in human dimensions of wildlife, conservation social science, or a related field with demonstrated expertise in research and applications of social science to wildlife management and governance. A demonstrated record of activities in teaching, research, Extension/outreach, and service relevant to the position. The candidate should have a publication record that is reflective of their current career stage and provide evidence of an increasing trajectory of academic productivity. A strong desire and record of collaborating with wildlife management agency personnel, especially at the state level, to confront ongoing challenges related to human dimensions of wildlife management is necessary.
Desired qualifications: Experience applying qualitative or quantitative social science techniques to numerous wildlife management issues is desired. Interest or experience in understanding how shifting demographics and outdoor recreational uses throughout the state and the country will affect wildlife conservation and management will be valuable. Experience with structured decision making or adaptive management will be a strong asset, as will experience working closely with wildlife management agencies and external stakeholder groups to develop and implement wildlife policy. Experience with implementing student-centered, evidence-based teaching and learning practices to meet desired course objectives is also desired. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated commitment to inclusion and working with underrepresented groups in advising, teaching, and outreach / engagement.