Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Biology

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Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Biology

Job Description Summary:

The Department of Biology at the University of La Verne invites outstanding applicants to apply for the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Biology – a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The specific field of expertise in biology is open, although a focus on conservation, ecology, or another field of biology addressing modern environmental issues and sustainability is highly desirable. The College of Arts and Science’s Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair is provided by the generosity and philanthropic support of the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching, including a strong desire to establish research projects that provide valuable learning opportunities for undergraduates. The University of La Verne is in close proximity to a remarkably diverse array of ecological communities in the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Coast, and Mojave Desert that provide additional field research opportunities. Candidates must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and research funding.

The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning, and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you’re passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!

Specific Duties:

The successful candidate will be expected to develop extramurally-funded research projects that include undergraduate students in primary data collection and/or analyses and will teach undergraduate courses in the life sciences curriculum. The ability to teach ecology, field and environmental biology, zoology, evolution, interdisciplinary classes on sustainability, and travel courses is desirable. Workload also includes academic advising and committee work.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology with a focus in ecology, environmental biology, evolutionary biology or related field, and academic credentials that merit the rank of associate or full professor. The preferred candidate will also have a history of active participation in professional development as evidenced by presentations and publications, and display a readiness to work closely with a diverse student body and faculty colleagues through innovative pedagogy, research, and service initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications:

The candidate will exhibit evidence of leadership in the discipline, including keynote speaker at national meetings, journal editor/reviewer, extensive publications in peer-reviewed, top tier journals, and well-established professional networks that will benefit our students. In addition, abilities or an interest in environmental health to expand our distinctive, interdisciplinary, and increasingly health-oriented initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences, is preferred.

Benefits Summary:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and internal equity. Benefits include a comprehensive health and wellness plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, a generous contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan, and a generous time off plan.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of a background check and employment verification.

U.S. News & World Report rates La Verne Online No. 1 in California for the third consecutive year and 24th best in the country. Washington Monthly’s 2016 “America’s Best Colleges for Adult Learners” rankings place La Verne No. 3 among private, 4-year institutions in California.

La Verne is Tier 1 in U.S. News 2017 “America’s Best Colleges” National University rankings for the seventh straight year, and again made Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” rating (WASC Accredited).


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

The College of Arts and Sciences aims to provide broad access and transformative learning that leads to life and community success.
The University of La Verne is a 125-year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as” Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. The University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2021.

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Posted: 12/17/2020
Application Due: 3/17/2021
Work Type: Full Time