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Buddy A Davidson Endowed Chair of Conservation Biology and Professor of Natural Resource Management

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Submit letter of interest, curriculum vita, statements of research experiences and philosophies, and contact information for three references.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Buddy A Davidson Endowed Chair of Conservation Biology and Professor of Natural Resource Management




Natural Resource Management

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Commensurate with qualifications and experience


Earned doctorate in Wildlife Science, Conservation Biology, or closely related field from an accredited university, with a preferred emphasis in avian, community, or carnivore ecology.

Evidence of a nationally recognized research program in conservation biology with record of research productivity.

Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding from public and private sources.

Proven track record to effectively teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Range and Wildlife Management including, but not limited to: Conservation Biology, Human Dimensions, Sustainability, Topics in Conservation, and Natural Resource Conservation.

Ability to communicate effectively with students, natural resource professionals and scientists, ranch managers and landowners, and the general public.

We are seeking an enthusiastic team player who is willing to work in a multidisciplinary program.

Primary Responsibilities:

Davidson Endowed Professor/Chair in Conservation Biology (Research Scientist) and Associate Professor/Professor of Natural Resource Management.

This is a 40% research, 40% teaching, and 20% service, 9-month, tenure track appointment through the Borderlands Research Institute and Department of Natural Resource Management within the College of Agricultural, Life, and Physical Sciences at Sul Ross State University. Summer salary may be available via teaching, grants, endowment funds, or other sources.

Responsibilities: Develop and lead a nationally recognized research program in conservation biology within the Borderlands Research Institute that is extramurally funded.

Candidate will be expected to teach 2 courses each long semester; serve as academic advisor to undergraduate and graduate students; direct graduate student thesis projects; participate in appropriate conferences and meetings; serve on university committees; and provide service through outreach activities.

Salary and academic rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Other Information:

Appointment Date: Fall of 2022

The position is a joint appointment between Natural Resource Management and Borderlands Research Institute.

Texas Law requires a 60 day waiting period before new state employees are eligible to enroll in health insurance.

It is the policy of Sul Ross State University to provide equal employment opportunity for all persons in accordance with their individual, job related qualifications and without consideration of race, creed, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status and ancestry. Equal employment opportunities shall be afforded in all personnel actions or decisions including, but not necessarily limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, upgrading, promotion, demotion, termination and salary. Retaliation is prohibited against a person who opposes a discriminatory practice, files a charge, testifies, assists or participates in an investigative proceeding or hearing.

About SRSU:

Sul Ross State University, located in Alpine, Texas (, is in the Scenic Davis Mountains of West Texas, is a member of the Texas State University System, is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 students on campus in Alpine, Texas. At an elevation of 4,480 feet, and on the periphery of the Chihuahuan Desert, Alpine enjoys mild winters and cool summers. Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis National Historic Site, Big Bend National Park, and Guadalupe Mountains National Park, are all within one to three hours driving distance from Alpine. More information is available regarding Sul Ross State University and position openings through our website (

Formed in 2007, the goal of the Borderlands Research Institute is to provide land managers with the most current scientific information on the management of the natural resources of the area. To meet this goal, the Institute plans and conducts research investigations on various aspects of our natural world. Ultimately, the Institute provides science-based management alternatives to land owners and managers to enhance their ability to serve as land stewards (see


Working at Sul Ross State University

Called "Possibly the most underrated little university west of the Mississippi" by CBS's Dan Rather, Sul Ross State University in West Texas boasts a combination of small class sizes, an appreciation of both fine arts and the sciences and popular professional programs in a relaxed, friendly environment.

Who Is Sul Ross? Where is Sul Ross?
The university's name honors Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, the son of a pioneer Waco, Texas, family and a popular soldier, governor, educator and humanitarian. Founded in 1917 as a teacher college, Sul Ross continues to offer teacher education as one of its most popular programs. Others in high demand are business, criminal justice and agricultural and natural resource sciences. Sul Ross achieved university status in 1969.

The university, comprising 647 acres in Alpine, Texas, boasts a beautiful 93-acre main campus of exquisitely-detailed buildings and enjoys perhaps the most temperate climate in the state. Its situation in the Davis Mountains overlooks the center of the city below, yet it remains within easy reach of many local stores and restaurants. The university also has a 468-acre working ranch that serves its animal science programs.

Located in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde, the Middle Rio Grande Campuses offer upper level and graduate courses.  Our professors provide hands on learning in ways that relate to our students and their passion for higher education.  Courses are accessible via interactive television, online learning communities, and face to face classes

Sul Ross State University is part of The Texas State University System, the largest college system in the state after the University of Texas and Texas A&M systems.

A Small Size, But Plenty to Do
With an enrollment of about 2,000 students on the main campus in Alpine, class sizes are small, guaranteeing a much higher level of personal attention from instructors and the university's support staff. But there's plenty for students to do in their free time: lots of student clubs and organizations, a thriving arts community and a strong athletic tradition.

The SRSU men's basketball team won the conference championship five times in the past 20 years, including the 1999 American Southwest Conference championship. The women's basketball team has also won five conference championships and played in eight national playoffs, even making it to the Final Four.

Similarly, the Lobos football and baseball teams have won five conference titles each in the past 20 years, including American Southwest Conference championships in the late 1990s. The Lady Lobos volleyball team has won nine conference championships in all.

Rodeo is significant part of the Sul Ross program, and the university is the birthplace of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. Many team members have gone on to become world champions, and 1951 graduate Harley May is a charter member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame.

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