Adjunct - Highlands Biological Station 2017

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Posting Number Quick Link for Internal Postings Classification Title Adjunct Faculty Working Title Adjunct - Highlands Biological Station 2017 Department Highlands Biological Station Salary Range Position Summary

Faculty will teach graduate and undergraduate level students in Biology or Ecology. Some evening and off-campus instruction may be required.

Biodiversity and Conservation of Birds:
Bird diversity is extremely high in the southern Appalachian mountain and Blue Ridge Escarpment region, an area that includes a wide range of plant community types over a nearly 4000-foot range in elevation. This basic course in ornithology covers morphology, systematics, ecology, conservation, and behavior of birds. Numerous field trips in the local area will acquaint students with the rich bird fauna of the region.

Climate Change Ecology
Historical climate regimes, from early Tertiary tropical conditions to Pleistocene ice ages, have contributed to the distribution and legendary richness of species and communities in the southern Appalachians. We will examine how southern Appalachian biological communities may shift in location, composition and phenology as the current global climate rapidly warms. The course will include lecture and multiple field trips to locations that will illustrate past and present links between species (e.g., flowering plants, ants, salamanders, trees), ecological communities (e.g., spruce-fir forests, ephemeral herbs) and climate (temperature and precipitation). Students will learn how to assess and quantify ecological effects of climate change, including the use of phenology gardens and construction of passive warming chambers.

Biology of Plethodontid Salamanders
The southern Appalachians are renowned for the diversity of their salamander fauna. This course acquaints students with plethodontid salamanders and shows how studies of these animals have enhanced our understanding of such major evolutionary and ecological topics as the reconstruction of evolutionary histories, species concepts, life history evolution, and community structure. Each topic will include lectures, field and laboratory exercises, and discussions of original research papers. Field trips to significant salamander locations in different southern Appalachian mountain ranges highlight the course.

Mammals of the Southern Appalachian Mountains
The southern Appalachian mountains support the richest mammalian fauna in eastern North America, from tiny shrews and bats to large carnivores and ungulates. This advanced zoology course combines lectures with field and laboratory exercises designed to expose students to the remarkable diversity and importance of mammals in the southern mountain region, focusing on aspects of mammalian habitat requirements, reproductive and foraging behaviors, evolutionary relationships, and roles in regional ecosystems.

Terrestrial Mollusks of the Southern Appalachians
The southern Appalachian region is a biodiversity hotspot for land snails and slugs. This course will concentrate on the morphology, systematics, ecology and biogeography of this diverse group. Following introductory lectures introducing students to terminology and highlighting common species, most days will be devoted to field trips and learning collection techniques. Identification workshops will occur in the evenings. Students will be expected to produce a small collection of identified shells. Those with personal collections are encouraged to bring unusual or problematic species to share with the class.

Spiders of the Southern Appalachians
This course will present a comprehensive introduction to spider systematics, morphology, behavior, physiology, and ecology. Afternoons are devoted to fieldwork, with the objective of assembling a significant collection of the extraordinarily rich local spider fauna while studying spider ecology and behavior. Most evenings will be available for students to work on identification. Working in small groups students will be required to undertake a short, supervised self-selected research project investigating some aspect of spider biology, the results of which will be shared at the end of the course

Fleshy Fungi of the Highlands Plateau
This course introduces students to the fleshy ascomycetes and basidiomycetes that occur in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of macro- and micro-morphological features to aid in species identification. Course activities will consist of a morning lecture on identification, ecology, and phylogeny of fleshy fungi, followed by field work in morning and laboratory identification in the afternoon. Students will assemble an impressive field collection showcasing the rich diversity of fleshy fungi found in the Highlands region.

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WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in the teaching discipline or a master’s degree with a concentration in the discipline (a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in teaching discipline).

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Open Date 04/24/2017 Close Date Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

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    Posted: 12/29/2018
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