Vertebrate Biologist – Washington

The Evergreen State College
Olympia, WA
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Faculty Appointments
Faculty membership is unranked with salary determined on a non-competitive, open scale based on earned degrees and years of relevant experience.
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The Evergreen State College seeks a field-oriented biologist with research experience in vertebrate biology to fill a two-year Visiting position, teaching in a wide range of interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels. Successful applicants will demonstrate a broad knowledge of animal behavior, evolutionary biology, and ecology of terrestrial or freshwater ecosystems. The Evergreen State College is committed to building a diverse and broadly trained faculty. We encourage candidates with demonstrated experience pursuing innovative and engaging teaching strategies, interest and experience working with faculty from other disciplines, and experience working with diverse and underserved populations to apply. The Evergreen State College campus is located on 1000 acres of land, most of which is undeveloped forest land and over a half mile of Puget Sound shoreline. The campus forest and shoreline provide unique opportunities for teaching field-focused courses and for mentoring undergraduate research projects. Applicants with a commitment to experiential learning and field studies are particularly encouraged to apply. Most faculty will teach in full-time, team-taught, 16-credit programs connected by a particular theme or line of inquiry. Faculty are generally responsible for evaluating 25 students/quarter, though their programs may include up to 50-75 students, depending on the size of their teaching team. This arrangement allows for in-depth, interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and the building of strong learning communities. Faculty are also responsible for advising students as they reflect on their learning process, develop a pathway of study, and formulate their own areas of concentration. Our teaching is student-centered, which means we are interested in helping students develop strong skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaborative work. Because over 80% of our students come from underserved and marginalized groups, we are particularly invested in approaches to teaching that emphasize diversity and equity, that provide opportunities for challenge and growth, and that foster a learning environment where all are welcome and all can learn from each other. About Evergreen: Evergreen is an innovative, public, liberal arts college emphasizing integrated interdisciplinary study and collaborative team-teaching throughout the undergraduate curriculum and in three graduate programs. Teaching is the central work of the faculty at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Successful teaching at Evergreen requires broad-ranging intellectual curiosity, the ability to formulate interdisciplinary questions, and the pedagogical skills to support our diverse student population. Equal opportunity employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.
Minimum qualifications: • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Zoology, or related field • College-level teaching experience in biology Preferred qualifications: • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching in an interdisciplinary context • Experience teaching field-oriented biology • Experience working with diverse and underserved populations • Research goals compatible with Evergreen’s mission to mentor undergraduate students Application instructions: • Cover letter • Curriculum Vitae or resume with names of 3 references and contact information • 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice. Please focus specifically on your understanding and experience of interdisciplinary study and what you believe should distinguish a liberal arts education today • 1-2 page statement of your experience and/or practice with diversity and equity issues (more information is available on our website: • Optional: Student evaluations or reference letters Review of complete applications begins Dec 1, 2017. The posting may close to new application materials any time after this date.
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Katherine MacKinnon, Program Coordinator of Faculty Hiring
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