Nature Center Director & Endowed Professorship: Ohio

University of Mount Union
Alliance, OH
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Faculty Appointments
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The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Mount Union invites applicants for the endowed directorship of the University’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center. The directorship is a 12-month appointment, and the successful candidate will also hold a tenure-track faculty appointment in the department at a rank of associate professor or professor commensurate with qualifications and experience. Responsibilities: The Nature Center Director’s primary teaching responsibilities are introductory level and upper-level courses in biology and environmental science. Given administrative responsibilities, the exact courses to be taught will be determined annually based on departmental needs and the candidate’s interests and expertise. Additional responsibilities include supervising undergraduate student research, advising students, involvement in the department, and participation in faculty governance. The Director’s primary administrative responsibilities of the Nature Center include general oversight of the facilities and resources, supervising the six-member staff, overseeing land stewardship of the property, and coordinating research. The Nature Center Director will also offer strategic insight and advice on the evolution and advancement of ongoing and future sustainability initiatives and programs at Mount Union. Additional Information: The Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center sits on a 262-acre site located 6 miles south of the University campus. The Nature Center is supported by the Brumbaugh Endowment and provides support for numerous classes at the University of Mount Union, welcomes thousands of learners to environmental education programs, creates opportunities for hundreds of people to serve as volunteers, and offers a place for reflection and nature study. Details of the Nature Center’s activities and facilities are available at: Mount Union’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, housed in a modern science facility, offers majors in Biology, and Environmental Science with approximately 125 students in these majors last year. The Department also offers minors in Biology, Environmental Science and Sustainability. With 10 full time faculty members the department is committed to providing interdisciplinary hands-on learning experiences that prepare students for meaningful work and responsible citizenship. The University of Mount Union, a private Midwestern institution founded in 1846, offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s more than 2,300 students can select from 56 broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors as well as master’s programs in physician assistant studies and educational leadership and a doctoral program in physical therapy. Known for its academic excellence and personal approach, the institution boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty members, 87% of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields. Since 2005, nearly $110 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities including a recreation center, apartment-style housing options, health, and medical sciences facility, and performing arts center. Primarily residential in nature, Mount Union’s picturesque 123-acre campus is in Alliance, OH (population 23,000), within 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. The University’s endowment is in excess of $141 million. The University strives to make its exceptional educational experience accessible to students of all financial backgrounds. Its increasingly diverse campus community benefits from a student-centered approach and array of activities for cultural, civic, and social development. Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and in graduate study. To apply and review additional details about the position and the University of Mount Union, visit:
Ph.D. in biology or environmental science discipline. Successful candidates will be willing to oversee a substantive undergraduate research program that encompasses broad interests. Demonstrated administrative experience in the operation of a nature center, research station, land trust, or academic department is preferred. The department seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity in higher education. Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, research plan, and contact information for three professional references to the Nature Center Director Search Committee. Electronic applications are required and can be submitted online at Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Mark McNaught, at with any questions.
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Dr. Mark McNaught
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