Assistant/Associate Professor of Practice (UPDATED)

Tucson, AZ
Apr 25, 2021
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res

Department Website Link:

Medical Sub-Speciality:


Main Campus


1064 E. Lowell Street, ENR2 building, TUCSON, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

Please note: Application review will begin on June 1, 2021.
The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) seeks an enthusiastic and innovative individual for the position of Career Track Professor of Practice to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in data science and natural resources. This is a 9-month (academic) teaching position (1.0 FTE) at the Assistant or Associate rank, with the opportunity to advance from Assistant to Associate or Associate to Full. The position requires teaching courses in fall and spring semesters (80%), scholarship (10%), and service-related duties (10%). This position is subject to renewable 9-month contracts and is not tenure eligible. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2021.
The expected teaching load is approximately five courses or 16 units per year on the main campus of the University of Arizona. Course assignments will depend on programmatic needs and can change from semester to semester.
This career-track appointment is not eligible for tenure.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Duties & Responsibilities:

SNRE has strong research, teaching, and outreach programs in wildlife and fisheries ecology; conservation biology; ecohydrology and watershed management; rangeland ecology, restoration, and management; global change ecology and management; and arid lands. SNRE is also host to multiple cooperators from both the federal (the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station, the National Park Service Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, the USGS Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, the National Phenology Network) and state (Game and Fish Dept., Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Environmental Quality) agencies. Our cooperative extension personnel have strong connections to landowners throughout Arizona.

Diversity of thought, background, and experience powers our culture of innovation, success, and life-changing discovery. We welcome candidates who have the academic qualifications appropriate for the position and the ability to work effectively within a broadly diverse community of students and scholars.

The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, AZ, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, serves as the land-grant institution for Arizona, and is a Carnegie Foundation Research University with “very high research activity”. The university brings in more than $600 million in research investment each year. Tucson is culturally diverse, rich in natural beauty, and home to many recreational resources, such as hundreds of miles of hiking trails, bike lanes, and park space. Whether you are on the University of Arizona campus or enjoying the recreational activities Tucson has to offer, you will enjoy gorgeous sunsets, majestic mountain ranges, and more than 250 days of sunshine each year. In 2015 the City of Tucson was recognized for our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness through a “City of Gastronomy” designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). New faculty members quickly develop a deep appreciation for the culture and traditions of Tucson and the community’s commitment to creating economic opportunity while honoring and protecting our natural resources.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Teach approximately five courses or 16 units during the academic year in our undergraduate and graduate curricula for majors, minors, and general education. Instruction will primarily be through in-person, face-to-face modality, but there also will be opportunities to teach online. Course responsibilities are likely to include Dealing with Data in the Wild (WFSC 223), Ecological Surveys and Sampling (RNR 321), and Sustainable Earth (RNR150);
  • Develop a new undergraduate course related to data science in natural resources;
  • Maintain proficiency in data science and pedagogy through continued professional development;
  • Produce scholarship through publications, presentations, and workshops;
  • Provide service to students and faculty of SNRE (the “School”), the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (the “College”), and the University of Arizona (the “University”) through consulting on issues related to data science and and data analysis, as well as overseeing student projects and serving on School, College and University committees;
  • Contribute to our mission of diversity and inclusion;
  • Serve on graduate committees;
  • Serve on academic committees as directed by the Director of SNRE.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in plant or animal ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental sciences, data science, or related discipline, with experience in quantitative methods related to the study of natural resources and ecology;
  • Experience teaching and mentoring students in traditional classroom settings at a college or university level;
  • Experience in design and develop courses in natural resources, data science, statistics, and other quantitative methods;
  • Experience in contributing to the diversity and inclusion mission for the department, college, university, and/or profession; and
  • Experience designing, executing, and disseminating research related to natural resources and ecology to the scientific community

Preferred Qualifications:

* Experience in data science pedagogy;
* Member of a recognized data science instructional community, such as a certified instructor for The Carpentries;
* Experience in the development and teaching of traditional and online courses at the college/university level;
* Experience with the R programming language, and computational best practices;
* Experience and practice of improving diversity and inclusion in the classroom; and
* Experience in participant-centered learning (PCL) through scholarly publications, presentations, and workshops.
* Post-doctoral with a minimum of 1 year experience

Rank :

To be Determined

Tenure Information:

Career-Track (CT)



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week:


Job FTE:


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Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Katie Prudic
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Two Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Applications must include: (i) Cover Letter (1-2 pages), (ii) Curriculum Vitae (2-3 pages), (iii) In the Additional Document slot: statements of interest for instruction (1-2 pages), research (1 page), and diversity/inclusion (1 page), and (iv) In the Additional Document: slot names and contact information of 3-5 references.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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