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Assistant ProfessorWorking Title:
Assistant Professor - Plant Ecologist - #002040Department:
The primary location of this position is the main Cullowhee, NC campus.Carnegie statement:
The Biology Department at Western Carolina University is seeking applications for a tenure-track, 9-month faculty position in Plant Ecology at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 1, 2023. The successful candidate will have research focusing on plant population, community or landscape structure and dynamics. Approaches could include ecological modeling; molecular, ecophysiological, or landscape analysis; experimental ecology; or field sampling and analysis. Preferred applicants will take advantage of the research opportunities found in the biologically diverse southern Appalachians. Teaching responsibilities will include introductory, upper- and graduate-level courses in ecology and other courses in the candidate’s specialty. An active, funded research program involving undergraduates and master’s students will be essential for success in this position.
Western Carolina University is a regional comprehensive university of the University of North Carolina System located in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina about an hour drive west of Asheville, NC. The Biology Department is in a new state-of-the-art science building that also houses the Chemistry and Physics Department. Physical resources include a greenhouse, herbarium, ecologophysiological and field sampling instrumentation, and molecular biology instrumentation. Field research and teaching at WCU benefits from access to the university’s field station, Highlands Biological Station, and by the campus’ proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests, Coweeta Hydrological Lab, and other USDA Forest Service Labs. Review of applications will begin on or about November 15, 2022 and continue until a candidate has been selected.
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.Minimum Qualifications:
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field from an accredited institution, a demonstrated record of scholarly productivity, and the expectation of continued scholarship.Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred qualification include having postdoctoral research, teaching, or work experience that actively engage undergraduate and graduate students. Position Type:
Applicants with teaching experience at the undergraduate level and who demonstrate research projects/products that actively engage undergraduate and graduate students will be given preference.
Permanent Full-TimeNumber of Months Per Year:
09/21/2022Open Until Filled:
YesSpecial Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, applicants must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be considered for review.Background/E-Verify:
Required documents: 1. cover letter; 2. Curriculum Vita; 3. unofficial transcripts; 4. a list of three academic references; 5. statement of teaching philosophy; 5. statement of research goals.
For more information, please contact Barbara Ballentine at [email protected]
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Credential Verification:
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.AA/EOE:
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program. University Safety:
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]
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