Field Ecology Lecturer position

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH
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Faculty Appointments
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Are you looking for colleagues who will value you and help you grow as a professional? Then read on and think about applying for this Field Ecology lecturer position at the University of Dayton where we have extremely supportive colleagues in the Biology Department. Are you looking for a university that will support your commitment to educating the next generation of ecologists? The University has an Environmental Research Area on campus dedicated to doing field research with students. Are you interested in incorporating Ecological practice and new experiential learning strategies for your students? The Five Rivers MetroParks System provides a variety of field sites, and is extremely easy to work with to conduct ecological research that can make a difference in the local region. Are you committed to growing participation of women and under-represented minorities in ecology? This is a focus of many of the faculty who teach in the Environmental Biology Program at the University of Dayton. If all of this sounds appealing, the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton invites you to apply for a full time non-tenure-track faculty position who will coordinate and deliver Ecology field labs and deliver other ecology-related courses. The successful candidate will join the faculty beginning July 1, 2023. The candidate will be expected to bring enthusiasm for developing and teaching field ecology courses and an inclusive and collaborative approach to working with students and colleagues. This position is eligible for full benefits and offers a pathway to promotion through the Lecturer Promotion process at the University of Dayton. The lecturer's primary responsibility will be teaching Ecology Lab (BIO 310L) which is a sophomore level field lab that is required of all Environmental Biology majors and is a popular course with other majors at the University of Dayton. The lecturer may also teach other courses and/or labs in the Biology curriculum including the Ecology lecture, upper level elective environmental lectures, as well as field labs, depending on Departmental need and lecturer interest. Field work often occurs on campus or in the many local parks in the area, including the Five Rivers MetroPark system. Workload for coordinating field labs includes logistical planning of field trips, maintaining equipment and supplies, and guiding Graduate Student Teaching Assistants that are assigned to the lab sections by the Department of Biology. A typical teaching load would be 3 sections of the ecology lab (310L) a semester or a combination of lectures and labs as assigned by the Chair. Dayton, Ohio, is a city on the rise with a burgeoning downtown area, hundreds of miles of paved walking/biking trails (top in the nation!), many expansive metroparks, a bike-(and now scooter!) share program, world class art museums and galleries, several historic neighborhoods, and of course, the Dayton Aviation Heritage and National Historical Park, and a housing affordability that ranks No. 1 among Ohio's largest metros. This is a great place for those who want a bit of everything with a low cost of living, great schools, manageable traffic. Go to for more information about the area. The university and the department value inclusive excellence because we recognize that diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to academic and institutional excellence. Inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive, cohesive and collaborative alignment of infrastructure, resources and actions. We strive to be active, intentional, and sustain engagement with and celebration of diversity in every dimension of institutional life. Because we seek a community with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage all interested candidates to apply. More about the University of Dayton The University of Dayton is a top tier, Catholic Research University with offerings from the undergraduate to the doctoral levels. Founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, the University is a diverse community committed to advancing the common good through intellectual curiosity, academic rigor, community engagement and local, national and global partnerships. Guided by the Marianist educational philosophy, we educate the whole person and link learning and scholarship with leadership and service. Informed by its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Informed by this commitment, we seek to increase diversity, achieve equitable outcomes, and model inclusion across our campus community. As an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, we will not discriminate against minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, or on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. The University is also pleased to provide support for spouses of prospective and newly hired faculty through its dual career program. While we cannot guarantee placement, we serve as an effective resource and support system for your spouse. Information can be found at Relevant Resources: **Inclusion** Office of Inclusion: Anti-Racism Resources: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan: Women’s Center: **Environmental and Sustainability Activities** Hanley Sustainability Institute: Rivers Institute: Divesting Fossil Fuels: Sierra Club: Solar Prairie:
Minimum Qualifications • PhD in Biology, Ecology or related discipline. • Experience in ecological field research • Experience in teaching in biological, ecological or related discipline in an educational setting • Effective written communication skills. • Articulated ability to support the University of Dayton’s commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion. • Valid driver’s license with a low risk driving record Preferred Qualifications While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following: • successful experience in any or all of the following:  course development;  delivering ecological content to undergraduates in a field setting;  field lab development  working collaboratively with various constituencies both internal and external to the department and university  working collaboratively with diverse faculty and staff to develop and deliver field and laboratory course content.  developing experiential and active learning strategies to foster and maintain student engagement, successful use of learning resources, fieldwork and including technology and/or active learning strategies.  working with and/or teaching (and mentoring) socially and culturally diverse communities • Willingness, interest, and/or ability to pilot a motor boat and to become a certified user in Ohio. • Effective interpersonal communication skills • Effective oral communication skills • Effective classroom management skills • Commitment to breadth of education including education the whole person in the Marianist tradition and a commitment the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and of service to the community, university and profession Application Process A complete application consists of: • a one-page cover letter that describes how the minimum and any preferred qualifications are met, • curriculum vitae, • a statement of teaching interest and philosophy of no more than two pages, • Optional: any documents supporting successful experience teaching (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer/supervisor evaluative reports on teaching, or syllabi for similar courses) • a one page statement of commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion and how these principles inform your work. • Contact information for at least three references.
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