Assistant Professor

Spokane, Washington
September 02 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Job Purpose:
Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA is searching for a skilled teacher-scholar to join our teaching-centered and research-active Biology Department in a full-time tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor. We are looking for an ecologist whose research supports resource-use, management, and/or conservation decisions in any system (e.g., terrestrial, aquatic, agroecological, urban-wildland interface, etc.) Candidates should have field-based projects that can support the department’s strong undergraduate research programs; those that emphasize issues or systems in the Pacific Northwest region will be favored. Because we seek a colleague who can bring a management or conservation perspective, employment or collaboration experience with federal, state, or tribal resource management agencies or non-governmental organizations is desired. Ideal applicants will have experience mentoring undergraduates from a variety of backgrounds and identities, including those historically marginalized in the sciences (e.g., first-generation students, students from low-income families, students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities).

We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellent undergraduate teaching that promotes inclusive and equity-minded learning environments. We are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching and research includes field ecological techniques, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and analysis of a wide range of biological data using current software tools such as R. Teaching responsibilities include courses in our core sequence for majors (e.g., Energy Flow in Biological Systems), introductory and upper-division courses in Ecology, Wildlife Management, and/or Conservation Biology, and introductory courses in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Environmental Science programs. Total teaching load will be 15 credit hours per year (typically 17 – 21 contact hours.)

The Biology Department and the College of Arts and Sciences are committed to inclusive excellence, and actively promote the success of a diverse population of undergraduate students, staff, and faculty. Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission of educating students “for lives of leadership and service for the common good.” The University is committed to fostering “a mature commitment to dignity of the human person, social justice, diversity, intercultural competence, global engagement, solidarity with the poor and vulnerable, and care for the planet.” Successful applicants will have read the mission statement and engaged with it throughout the application.
Required Qualifications:
● A Ph.D. in Biology or a relevant discipline
● Demonstrated ability to establish and run a research program, such as at least one year of post-doctoral research experience.
● A field-based ecological research program that supports land-use, management, and/or conservation decisions
● At least one year of experience teaching undergraduate students
Desired Qualifications:
● Evidence of engaging, inclusive teaching at the undergraduate level that includes ecological techniques, GIS, and data analysis across a broad range of biological data.
● A research program that can support undergraduate research
● Evidence of effectiveness in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds, abilities, and identities, including those historically underrepresented in the sciences
● Evidence of effectively working with or within communities historically underrepresented in the sciences
Job Duties:
● Teach 15 credit hours of courses per year (typically 17 – 21 contact hours.) Teaching responsibilities include courses in our core sequence for majors, upper-division courses in Ecology, Wildlife Management, and/or Conservation Biology, and introductory courses in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies and Environmental Science programs.
● Establish a field-based research program in ecology that supports resource-use, management, and/or conservation decisions. Mentor and oversee undergraduate research assistants involved in the research. Communicate results through peer-reviewed papers, presentations, and other communications appropriate to the discipline.
● Provide academic and career advising and mentoring to 15 - 25 undergraduate students per year.
● Support the department, university, and discipline through service and other forms of academic citizenship.

About Gonzaga University and Spokane, Washington
Gonzaga is a primarily undergraduate institution committed to teaching excellence. The Biology department will provide support for developing engaging, inclusive, interactive courses that meet our learning objectives. In addition, Gonzaga’s Center for Teaching and Advising provides regular faculty development and education opportunities, including an optional New Faculty Learning Community program to help welcome and support new faculty throughout their first year at Gonzaga. Faculty in our science departments mentor undergraduate students in research experiences during the school year. Funding opportunities are also available to support undergraduate student-faculty research during a 10-week summer session. The newly-opened Bollier Family Center for Integrated Science and Engineering on Gonzaga’s campus contains teaching, research, and collaboration spaces for faculty from Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Environmental Studies and Sciences, Math, Physics, Psychology, and Engineering.

Gonzaga’s campus sits adjacent to downtown Spokane, WA, along the Spokane River in the Inland Northwest’s most metropolitan region. We exist on the traditional homelands of the Spokane people, one of the Interior Salish speaking tribes of the region. Spokane is Washington’s second largest city and boasts a vibrant restaurant, entertainment, and arts community; it is also home to a diverse array of neighborhoods and popular outdoor recreational areas.
Application Procedure:
To apply, please visit our website at: Applicants must complete an online application and submit the following:
1. A statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and describes the candidate’s experience creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that can support and promote learning for students with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities.
2. A statement that describes the candidate’s research program and explains how it links biological and socio-cultural systems, how it can support undergraduate research experiences, and how it contributes to existing expertise in the departments. The statement should also describe candidate’s experience mentoring undergraduates from backgrounds and identities historically underrepresented in the sciences.
3. A cover letter that summarizes the areas above and describes the candidate’s understanding of and commitment to the university’s mission
4. A curriculum vitae
5. Names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected.)

Questions about this position can be directed to Dr. David Boose, Chair, Department of Biology, at Position closes on September 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. PST. For assistance with your online application, please contact Human Resources at (509) 313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and women and other historically underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

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