Monarch Watch Endowed Directorship and Professorship at the University of Kansas

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The University of Kansas seeks to fill a new Monarch Watch Endowed Directorship and Professorship with a research emphasis in insect ecology or related discipline. The position is offered at the ranks of Senior Scientist and Full Professor and will serve as a split appointment between the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research (60%) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (40%). This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment and will begin 8/18/2023. Monarch Watch is an internationally renowned organization that began in 1992 to promote education and conservation of monarch butterflies with the goal of sustaining the extraordinary monarch migration. Monarch Watch’s mission is, “to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration,” with an emphasis on “how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools.” Monarch Watch conducts research on monarch migration and population dynamics relevant to the conservation of this iconic species and engages the public through an extensive education and outreach program. The Monarch Watch Director will maintain and build upon programs developed by Monarch Watch and adapt programs to meet changing regulatory or ecological realities. As a senior scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research and as a full professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the director will be expected to sustain an independent and externally-funded research program in the area of insect ecology or related discipline, teach in the department, and perform service in both units.
Required Qualifications: The following required qualifications will be assessed through application materials: 1. Doctorate in Biology or related field from an accredited college or university and eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in KU’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. 2. Administrative experience in academia, non-profit organizations, scientific societies, or other relevant realms that demonstrates leadership and management oversight of finances, personnel, and programs. 3. Demonstrated ability to engage and work with educators, learners, and outreach partners. 4. Teaching experience at either the undergraduate or graduate level. 5. Record of scholarly achievement in a field related to insect ecology, pollination biology, or conservation, demonstrated by refereed publications and research grants with the promise of continued activity. 6. Excellent communication skills as demonstrated through application materials and interviews. 7. Experience serving as a resource for the public through informative presentations or interacting with the press. 8. Record of promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. For a complete announcement and online application go to A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter; curriculum vitae; a research statement; a statement of leadership philosophy and activities; and full contact information for at least three references. In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. Applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application: “Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application review will begin December 1, 2022 and will remain open until the position is filled. For questions, please contact Search Committee Chair, Bryan Foster:
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