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

Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology

Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA
Closing Date
Application review starts on 15 September 2019

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Georgia College & State University invites applications for a tenure track position in Vertebrate Biology to begin in January or August 2020. We seek a highly trained individual who is committed to liberal arts education, can demonstrate excellence in teaching and research, and possesses the ability to work with a culturally diverse student population. Teaching responsibilities will include 12 contact hours/semester. Primary teaching responsibility will be Herpetology and Vertebrate Zoology, with other teaching opportunities including core curriculum and lower level biology courses for majors as well as upper level and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program and contribute to the teaching and/or research collections of the William P. Wall Museum of Natural History.

There are two undergraduate majors within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We currently have 26 full time faculty members in the department with about 420 undergraduate biology majors, 100 environmental science majors, and an M.S. program in biology with approximately 30 students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. preferred (ABD with Ph.D. completed by August 1st, 2020 will be considered) in Biological Sciences or related field.
  • Research experience (demonstrated by publication record).
  • Undergraduate teaching experience.
  • Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 (www.sacscoc.org (faculty credentials))

Preferred Qualifications

  • We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach field-based herpetology and vertebrate zoology.
  • Ability to teach graduate/undergraduate level vertebrate paleontology and graduate level evolutionary mechanism classes is a plus.At least one year of experience teaching college-level courses.
  • The department is especially interested in candidates whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Knowledge/Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to teach introductory biology courses and contribute to the core curriculum and upper division courses in area of specialization (e.g. field-based herpetology and vertebrate biology).
  • Ability to engage undergraduates and graduates in research.
  • Ability to work collegially and effectively with university students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community.
  • Demonstrable ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply online at www.gcsujobs.com/postings/6922 and include a letter of application, vitae, 1-page teaching philosophy, 1-page research statement, unofficial transcripts and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin in 15 September 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

Encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university’s four colleges. Approximately 185 full-time faculty in twelve departments teach approximately 3,000 students with arts and science majors. Most of the core curriculum and many service courses to the other colleges are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty.

The fundamental mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to promote critical reflection and advancement of knowledge by teaching the core curriculum and offering rigorous and comprehensive major programs that challenge students to address the analytical, historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of their discipline; and to graduate students with the ability to think critically and creatively; act with ethical awareness; communicate effectively in a free and open exchange of ideas; and prepared to contribute productively, responsibly, and ethically to our state, our nation and the global community.

Diversifying our curriculum geographically, temporally, and thematically is a high priority, so evidence of comparative and cross-cultural scholarship is particularly welcome. Evidence of methodological innovation and creative teaching strategies is highly desirable. In keeping with the University's mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experiences typical of esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities.The university’s main campus is a residential learning community that emphasizes undergraduate education and offers a select number of graduate programs. GC faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students in the

learning process through high impact pedagogies and fostering excellence in the classroom and beyond. Georgia College seeks to endow its graduates with a passion for achievement, intellectual curiosity, and an exuberance for learning and critical thinking. Our values include an emphasis on acting from a foundation of respect for self and others, fostering responsible leaders and global citizens, and cultivating relationships that enhance collaborative approaches to solving problems. Hiring preference will be given to faculty and administrators who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College's mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship.

Georgia is an Open Records state. The finalist will be required to submit to a background investigation. GCSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution committed to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities and to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share these commitments. Persons who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the application process should contact the Division of Human Resources at 478-445-5596.

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