We are seeking a dynamic scholar, educator, and communicator for a 9-month tenure-accruing appointment available in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation (WEC), Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will make a substantial contribution to increasing instructional capacity in a key focus area of the WEC major, namely an understanding of human dimensions of wildlife ecology and conservation and improved communication competency. They will instruct an undergraduate course in Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation, and undergraduate/graduate courses in their area of expertise. The successful candidate also will develop an internationally recognized research program in the area of human dimensions of wildlife conservation. Individuals with experience in urban wildlife management, wildlife trade, conservation education, citizen science, human-wildlife conflict, or wildlife communication are especially encouraged to apply. The incumbent also will be expected to coordinate the department Honors Program.
The successful candidate will mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate students and engage in curriculum enhancement, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Numerous opportunities are available at UF to facilitate professional development as an educator. This appointment will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station). Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.
Candidates must possess a doctorate (PhD or DPhil) (foreign equivalent acceptable) with an emphasis on human dimensions as applied to wildlife ecology, management or conservation; ecology; or closely related natural resources or social sciences discipline. Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching, experience mentoring students, and promotion of a diverse educational environment. They must have clear evidence of scholarship through first-authored publications. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships, and procurement of extramural funding. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, working across cultures, and accountability.
Preferred qualifications/attributes: 1) Candidates with a well-developed teaching portfolio and/or postdoctoral teaching experience; and 2) Demonstrated commitment to developing a productive research program focusing on human dimensions of wildlife conservation. Candidates should have experience with and be willing to work with state and federal natural resource agencies, NGOs, private landowners and stakeholders. Additionally, candidates must demonstrate the potential to develop a dynamic, externally-funded lab of graduate students, undergraduates and postdocs. Topical expertise can be demonstrated by activities such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, demonstrated graduate student mentoring experience and/or philosophy, and securing research funding.