Assistant Professor of Biology, Tenure-track, Terrestrial Ecologist July 23, 2019
Whittier College invites applicants for atenure-trackAssistant Professor positionin Biology and Environmental Science, to begin in fall 2020. We seek a broadly trained terrestrial ecologist with a strong commitment to teaching a diverse student body, and research that integrates undergraduate students in a liberal arts environment. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g. Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Environmental Science). However, preference will be given to candidates with expertise in landscape ecology primarily focusing on plants, especially the effects of large-scale environmental pressures (e.g. climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation) on such systems.
The successful candidate will receive a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and in the program in Environmental Science, and is expected to serve each program equally, with 20 units teaching load per year. Teaching responsibilities will include two lower division courses - one exclusively in support of ENVS and the other BIOL - and upper division offerings in their area of expertise (e.g. Principles of Ecology, Urban Ecology, Plant Physiology), cross-listed in the two programs. Other teaching duties will include contributions to the liberal arts education curriculum by offering interdisciplinary courses on science and society and first year writing seminars from time to time.
The Department of Biology offers courses designed to produce graduates with a strong background in the organization and complexity of living systems, hypothesis testing and experimental design, and oral and written presentation of data. Likewise, the program in Environmental Science offers an interdisciplinary approach to examining environmental issues. The program guides students in understanding the implications across scales of global climate change, sustainability principles, the challenges of maintaining biodiversity, the effects of pollution, and managing risks associated with large-scale natural phenomena, earthquakes, floods, and fires.
Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity. Whittier College is committed to attracting and retaining a high quality, diverse faculty with a shared passion for student-centered teaching and mentoring. It is distinguished by its small class sizes, high-impact pedagogies, and innovative liberal arts curriculum blended with professional and pre-professional programs. It is a nationally recognized model for diversity and has no racial majority among its student body. With over 65% students of color, Whittier College is both an HSI and AANAPISI. Founded in 1887, it is an independent, four-year liberal arts college with about 1,600 undergraduates, ideally situated in the scenic hills 18 miles east of Los Angeles. It is an AA/EOE employer. Visit http://www.whittier.edu/jobs for additional information.
All application materials should be directed to: David N. M. Mbora, Coordinator, Program in Environmental Science at Whittier College, via email: email@example.com.
To apply, please submit (in PDF) a letter of application, a curriculum vita, copy of graduate and undergraduate transcripts (combined as one document), a statement of teaching and mentoring philosophy and a statement of research. Additionally, arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted directly by the letter writers via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review will begin October 15th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.
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Whittier College is a residential four-year liberal arts institution that prepares students from diverse backgrounds to excel in a complex global society. Through challenging, interactive courses, taught by accomplished professors, students learn to make connections across disciplines, understand cultural perspectives, and integrate learning with practical application. Inspired by a Quaker heritage, the Whittier education equips students to be active citizens and effective communicators who embrace diversity and act with integrity.