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Department: Environmental Science and Policy
Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students, and is located in the heart of the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion, one of the most ecologically diverse regions of North America. Located in Ashland, the surrounding area is also known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing. The Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) and Biology programs at Southern Oregon University (SOU) invite applications for a full-time, nine month, tenure-track, Assistant Professor in ecology. The ESP and Biology programs are highly interdisciplinary, offering courses from a range of biophysical and socioeconomic disciplines. Therefore, we seek a broadly trained ecologist that will leverage our unique biogeographical setting to teach key ecological courses for both the ESP and Biology programs. We seek candidates that understand the complexity of data analysis, and the importance of spatial statistics, GIS and remote sensing methods in our fields. We also seek a colleague to teach and guide undergraduates through applied research projects. Teaching responsibilities for this position could include (but are not limited to) upper-division courses in the natural sciences including ecology, restoration ecology, forest ecology, fire ecology, plant ecology, aquatic ecology, water resources, and/or natural resource management. The candidate is also expected to contribute to introductory courses in the life sciences, and upper-division research methods courses. The position also includes advising, curriculum development, service and scholarly activities. At a minimum, candidates are expected to have at least one year of experience teaching in higher education, with documentation of teaching excellence and scholarly activities. We also expect candidates to be able to teach quantitative methods using R, Excel or other appropriate programs. A working knowledge of GIS and GPS is also expected. Documented maintenance of active scholarly research and applied field research are required. A strong desire to lead and advise undergraduate research are a must. Ideal candidates will be able to teach geospatial technologies (GIS, Remote Sensing, GPS) and support courses in research methodology and scientific writing. Given the needs of our surrounding region, scholarly research experience in either restoration ecology, fire ecology, forest ecology, riparian ecology, aquatic ecology, water resources, and/or rangeland ecology is also preferred. Additional experience (2+ years) teaching, advising, and mentoring in higher education, especially with students from diverse backgrounds, is preferred. We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 2020 and the position will be open until filled with priority deadline of October 18, 2019.
Ph.D. in Biology, Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Geography, or related discipline from an accredited institution.
Ability to teach GIS (ArcGIS/QGIS) and GPS methods.
Ability to support courses in research methodology and scientific writing.
Scholarly research experience in either restoration ecology, fire ecology, forest ecology, riparian ecology, aquatic ecology, water resources, and/or rangeland ecology.
More than one year of higher education teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate students.
Experience teaching and supervising students from diverse backgrounds.
Organizational and management experience.
All Listed Duties:
Professorial: Teaching, scholarship, professional development and service.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): -Position classification defined as
Internal Number: 8026
About Southern Oregon University
SOU provides career-focused, comprehensive educational experiences to over 6,200 students. Along with an emphasis on student success and intellectual growth, SOU is committed to diversity, inclusion and sustainability. Theoretical and experiential learning programs provide quality, innovative experiences for students. At SOU, students build strong community connections through internships, mentorships, field studies, capstone projects, volunteer opportunities and civic engagement.