Assistant Professor of Conservation Genetics

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Faculty, Tenure Track

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Faculty, Tenure-track

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Assistant Professor of Conservation Genetics

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Governors State University seeks applications for a Conservation Genetics assistant professor position in the undergraduate Biology and graduate Biology programs in the Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology, College of Arts and Sciences. The position is available August 2021 or until filled. This position is full time and tenure-track. The preferred candidate should demonstrate strong potential to teach Genetics, Biodiversity and/or a course in her/his area of expertise at the upper division and MS level in Conservation Genetics or related area. The candidate will also contribute to the Junior Year Seminar and may teach lower division coursework for incoming Biology majors, or non-majors. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct research and mentor research students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and show good potential for publishing and procuring grants. Preference will be given to candidates interested in studying invertebrate or plant populations by employing modern analytical/molecular techniques to address problems and hypotheses in areas such as conservation genetics, toxicology, and management and policy. Individuals dedicated to teaching and mentoring women, first generation university students, non-traditional students, and students of color in the sciences are encouraged to apply and will be given preference. The Biology programs offered include bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Biology Teacher Education, and master’s degree in Biology. Successful applicants will have an earned Ph.D. in the biological sciences; candidates in ABD status will be considered.

Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic plan, Vision 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.

Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.Ph.D. in the biological sciences or closely related field. ABD in the final stages of completion will be considered.
2.University teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications:

1.Ability to teach undergraduate Genetics, Biodiversity, and graduate courses in Conservation Genetics, and courses that relate to aspects of Management and Policy
2.Work with invertebrate or plant population(s) and molecular techniques
3.High potential for publishing and procuring grants

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Posted: 11/29/2020
Application Due: 4/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time