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

Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, Washington
Closing Date
Review of applications will begin on Sept. 17, 2019, and continue until the job is filled.

The Biology Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2020. The successful applicant’s annual teaching responsibilities may include Ecology for non-Biology majors, Genetics, or the General Biology sequence as well as upper division courses in Conservation Biology and topics complementary to the candidate's area of expertise. Opportunities may also exist to teach and/or mentor in the Environmental Studies interdisciplinary program. We seek applicants dedicated to engaging undergraduates in research experiences as part of their scholarship.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline with a preference for expertise in Applied Ecology, Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Wildlife Biology, Conservation Genetics, or Environmental Science.
  • Ability to teach Conservation Biology, Introductory Biology, non-majors Introductory Ecology, Genetics and advanced courses in area of expertise.
  • Promise as an innovative and effective classroom instructor.
  • Commitment to engaging undergraduates in research experiences as part of their scholarship.
  • Desire to fully contribute to the department and the University by working with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous teaching and course design experience at the undergraduate level.
  • Expertise working with resource management and/or natural resource agencies.

To Apply

Apply online at employment.plu.edu/postings/5835. Applications should include a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statements of teaching, research, and diversity / inclusion; and a list of three references.

Contact Dr. Mary Ellard-Ivey (ellardma [at] plu.edu) for more information.

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.

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