Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy

Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon
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The Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and Biology programs at Southern Oregon University (SOU) invite applications for a full-time, nine month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in ecology. The ESP and Biology programs are highly interdisciplinary, offering courses from a range of biophysical and socioeconomic disciplines. Therefore, we seek a broadly trained ecologist that will leverage our unique biogeographical setting to teach key ecological courses for both the ESP and Biology programs. We seek candidates that understand the complexity of data analysis, and the importance of spatial statistics, GIS and remote sensing methods in our fields. We also seek a colleague to teach and guide undergraduates through applied research projects. Teaching responsibilities for this position could include (but are not limited to) upper-division courses in the natural sciences including ecology, restoration ecology, forest ecology, fire ecology, plant ecology, aquatic ecology, water resources, and/or natural resource management. The candidate is also expected to contribute to introductory courses in the life sciences, and upper-division research methods courses. The position also includes advising, curriculum development, service and scholarly activities. At a minimum, candidates are expected to have at least one year of experience teaching in higher education, with documentation of teaching excellence and scholarly activities. We also expect candidates to be able to teach quantitative methods using R, Excel or other appropriate programs. A working knowledge of GIS and GPS is also expected. Documented maintenance of active scholarly research and applied field research are required. A strong desire to lead and advise undergraduate research are a must. Ideal candidates will be able to teach geospatial technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS) and support courses in research methodology and scientific writing. Given the needs of our surrounding region, scholarly research experience in either restoration ecology, fire ecology, forest ecology, riparian ecology, aquatic ecology, water resources, and/or rangeland ecology is also preferred. Additional experience (2+ years) teaching, advising, and mentoring in higher education, especially with students from diverse backgrounds, is preferred. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, and is located in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America. Located in Ashland, the surrounding area is also known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing. The start date is September 2020 and the position will be open until filled with priority deadline of October 18, 2019. Please go to for additional information and to apply.
• Initial appointment at the rank of assistant professor requires a PhD or terminal degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Geography, or related discipline, or ABD, from an accredited institution. • At least one year of experience teaching in higher education. • Documented evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly activities. • Ability to teach lower-division natural sciences as well as upper-division natural science courses in ecology. • Ability to teach quantitative methods and analysis course utilizing R, Excel or other appropriate programs. • Evidence of ongoing applied field research. • Capacity for, and interest in, undergraduate research advising • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
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