Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Assistant/Associate Professor Biology in Conservation Zoology

St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Minnesota
Closing Date
31 January 2018

The Department of Biological Sciences at St. Cloud State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Conservation Zoology at the rank of assistant or associate professor. We seek a broadly-trained biologist, with an emphasis on zoological organisms, who addresses questions regarding how to conserve biodiversity at local, regional, and/or global scales. Of interest are individuals with expertise among the following fields that address current issues in conservation biology: population genetics, species interactions, predictive modeling, population demography and regulation, biogeography, and maintenance and function of biodiversity. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active research program and teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the areas of conservation, management, evolution, ecology, and biodiversity. We especially encourage applications from candidates in underrepresented groups in the biological sciences.

The ideal candidate will share St. Cloud State’s commitment to our mission and values, especially our commitment to educating our racially and socio-economically diverse student population. Applicants will be expected to establish and maintain a professional goal to become outstanding teachers through the use of research-based, best practices pedagogy. They should be willing to participate in teaching using alternative delivery methods such as online and hybrid. They will regularly engage in ongoing professional development and innovation opportunities focused on pedagogical growth offered within the College and at SCSU.

The ideal candidate will be teaching Bachelors and Masters-level courses that may include courses such as Conservation and Management of Animals, Wildlife Populations, Introductory Biology, General Zoology, and a Zoology-related course dependent upon expertise (e.g., Entomology, Herpetology, Ornithology). The faculty member will be expected to participate in a multi-disciplinary research environment that contributes to professional development and involves undergraduate and graduate students at the Masters level. Advising and committee participation is expected. In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at minnstate.edu/system/working/docs/contracts/2015-2017_IFO_Contract.pdf

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline by the hire date
  • Evidence of a research program involving animals
  • Evidence of teaching experience
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience teaching courses listed including laboratories
  • Post-doctoral experience
  • Evidence of working with animals, biodiversity, and conservation
  • Evidence of grants and peer-reviewed publications
  • A research program that includes a technological or quantitative component
  • Experience mentoring students including underrepresented groups in STEM fields

To Apply:

Apply online at agency.governmentjobs.com/stcloudstate/default.cfm. Application Review begins January 31, 2018; position is open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Copies of Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/Ph.D.); if advanced to finalist, official transcripts will be required.

Contact William Cook, Search Committee Chair, Professor of Biological Sciences Phone, (320) 308-2019, biology [at] stcloudstate.edu, for more information.

St. Cloud State University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Title IX coordinator at SCSU is Dr. Ellyn Bartges. For additional information, contact the Office for Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 102.

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