Assistant Professor – Urban Ecologist-Mississippi

Mississippi State University - Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture
Raymond, MS - Central MS Research and Extension Center
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Faculty Appointments
Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
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The primary function of this position will be to develop and conduct a comprehensive Extension program related to urban wildlife management and conservation. However, this position will also be expected to serve rural clientele’s wildlife conservation and management needs. Essential Duties This is a 12-month, tenure-track position with a 100% Extension appointment at Mississippi State University (MSU). This position is physically and administratively located at the Central Research and Extension Center in Raymond, MS with an academic home in the MSU Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) in Starkville, MS. The primary function of this position will be to develop and conduct a comprehensive, scholarly Extension program related to urban wildlife management, human-wildlife interactions and conservation education. Elements of the successful candidate’s Extension program should include development of innovative educational programs and products (e.g., face-to-face, print, radio, social media, and other digital platforms) relevant to urban wildlife management and conservation issues to engage various clientele groups (youth, adults, professionals, municipalities, etc.). The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and fostering strong working relationships with MSU Extension county personnel by providing timely technical assistance and development of in-service training on urban wildlife management and conservation needs across the state. Additionally, educational programs should be developed for clientele and county Extension Agents based on needs assessments to include national, regional, state and local county needs, including development of curricula with measurable impacts that can be delivered and evaluated by the specialist and/or county Extension Agents. Other elements could include contributing an urban component to the existing WFA-directed Mississippi Master Naturalist and Natural Resources Enterprises programs. The Assistant Extension Professor will be expected to maintain programmatic ties with MSU Extension Specialists, WFA faculty and governmental and non-governmental partners to implement scholarly education and extension programs that meet program priorities of MSU Extension. Furthermore, the successful candidate will be expected to serve in relevant professional societies. As a tenure-track position, demonstrated scholarly activity in programmatic functions is expected. Scholarly activity is defined in the WFA Promotion and Tenure Document as that which consists of the creation and synthesis of knowledge, the creation of new approaches to understanding and explaining phenomena, the development of new insights, the critical appraisal of the past, and the application of knowledge and expertise to address identified needs in society and in the profession. Evidence of excellence in scholarly activity includes the ability to develop a research program [within the appointment area] that addresses important local, regional, national, and/or international problems, to obtain resources to conduct research, to document research efforts through peer-reviewed publications, and to publish at least some of the research results in the most highly-esteemed, peer-reviewed outlets of the appropriate discipline.
Minimum Qualifications A Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology, Wildlife Management, Forest Resources or a closely related field. A strong background and experience in urban wildlife management issues is required. Additionally, the candidate must have experience, or demonstrate the capacity for, developing and delivering innovative Extension programs and products. Candidates must also demonstrate the capacity for grantsmanship and peer-reviewed publications. The acceptable candidate must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, and an ability to effectively deliver information to various clientele groups. The candidate must be able to work in a team environment and have strong record of developing multidisciplinary partnerships to achieve educational management objectives. Instructions for the application process can be found here:
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Dr. Brett Rushing
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