Term Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

George Mason University
Term Assistant Professor in Conservation Biology

George Mason University seeks a full-time, Term Instructional Professor position in Conservation Biology for the 2018-19 Academic Year (nine-month appointment, renewable) to participate in the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) (http://smconservation.gmu.edu/). The position will be based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Va. (https://nationalzoo.si.edu/conservation/). George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.

In this unique immersive teaching framework, the successful applicant will work as part of a team of core faculty to provide instruction for a diverse portfolio of academic programming, including the Smithsonian-Mason Semester for Conservation Studies, an in-residence program for undergraduate students based at SCBI that emphasizes interdisciplinary, field, and lab-intensive coursework. This program focuses on building conservation-related skills and professional development opportunities for students interested in becoming conservation professionals. Faculty should expect to engage in at least 16-20 contact hours with students weekly. Additional duties will include continued planning for the undergraduate program.

This position offers optional summer opportunities with additional compensation for the successful candidate to develop and teach new courses in the applicant's area of expertise, and/or participate in planning and instructional activities to support SMSC's graduate/professional program and programming for high school, undergraduate, and international audiences.

Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D.;
  • Demonstrated dedication to teaching; and
  • Professional experience in a conservation-oriented field that will intersect with and add diversity to current programming and courses (see courses at http://smconservation.gmu.edu/programs/).
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F112Az at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, CV, a list of three professional references with contact information, and a teaching vita that includes a teaching philosophy and summary of evaluations and course development work.

Review of applications begins after October 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The start date for this position is June 1, 2018, or earlier.

Information about the SMSC may be obtained at http://smconservation.gmu.edu or by contacting Kathy Stewart kstewa21@gmu.edu.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.