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Assistant/Associate Professor of Stream or Wetland Ecology

The Ohio State University
Columbus Campus

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Job Title:Assistant/Associate Professor of Stream or Wetland Ecology

Department:FAES | School of Environment and Natural Resources-Interim

The School of Environment and Natural Resources is committed to living up to Ohio State’s Shared Values, which includes bolstering Diversity and Innovation and upholding Inclusion and Equity. Our aim is to recruit, support, and retain a scholar that will conduct research on ecosystem-level processes that occur within human-impacted streams, rivers and/or wetlands. To that end, we encourage applications from scholars whose research includes, but is not limited to, ecosystem consequences of biological community structure, nutrient cycling and stream metabolism, and ecosystem processes at the watershed scale and/or at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial systems. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program that integrates training of graduate (PhD and MS) and undergraduate students. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals with diverse life experiences and whose scholarship demonstrates a commitment to interdisciplinarity across research, teaching, and service.

We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and teach courses that are required as part of the Environmental Science major. Potential courses could include Stream Ecology, Wetland Ecology and advanced courses depending on area of research focus. Development of a graduate-level course in the candidate’s area of expertise and in line with the needs of the school is also a possibility.

Faculty and students in SENR (which sits within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Science) have access to many resources, including the Olentangy River Wetlands Research Park, Pomerene Forest Laboratory, OSU’s Stone Laboratory on Lake Erie, Waterman Farm, among others. The successful candidate will have opportunities to engage with these resources, and the many opportunities for collaboration with water focused faculty, staff and extension associated with the CFAES Wooster Campus, OSU’s Sustainability Institute, Ohio Water Resources Center, Byrd Polar & Climate Research Center, Arts and Sciences Aquatic Ecology Lab, the NOAA funded Ohio Sea Grant Program, Global Water Institute.

Performance Objectives

Teach approximately 2.5 courses per year. Demonstrate an ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds, and commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion within the School of Environment and Natural Resources and related professions. Develop and/or expand an independent research program in Stream and/or Wetland Ecology including presenting research results at national and international meetings, securing extramural funding, and producing impactful publications. Advise graduate and undergraduate students, including the School of Environment and Natural Resources and honors students. Work collaboratively with university faculty and staff, School of Environment and Natural Resources and/or OSU extension, government agencies, non-government organizations, and/or community groups to advance the land grant mission of the college and university. Serve the School of Environment and Natural Resources, university, and professional communities through committee work and other appropriate responsibilities and activities.

Education and Experience Requirements


  • Earned Ph.D. in a relevant field to Stream and/or Wetland Ecology, including Ecology, Freshwater Ecology, Environmental Science, Aquatic Biology, Systems Ecology, among others.
  • Demonstrated interest in and/or experience with teaching, recruiting, mentoring, and advising diverse underserved students, including women, students of color, first generation, and non-traditional students.


  • Post-doctoral experience is preferred; however, ABD candidates who have completed all degree requirements except defending their dissertation may also apply.
  • Evidence of potential for excellence in teaching is preferred.
  • Given the interdisciplinary nature of the school, a demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research and collaboration with both in natural and social sciences is also desirable.

Additional Information:

How to Apply

To be considered, please submit your application electronically via Workday [insert link to posting for advertisements]. Application materials must include {remove any that are not applicable}:


  • Cover letter- Describe your qualifications, areas of expertise, career goals, and alignment with desired qualifications and preferred qualifications where applicable.
  • Curriculum Vita (CV)
  • Statement of Research (2-page limit)
  • Statement of Teaching and Mentoring (2-page limit)
  • Names of three references

Initial consideration will be given to applications received by December 15, 2023. Review of applications will continue until the position has been filled. We welcome informal inquiries, which can be made by contacting Search Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Lauren Pintor ( or Dr. Suzanne Gray (

Department/School Information

The School is dedicated to applying science to better understand and address pressing environmental and natural resource management problems. Our programs are led and delivered by faculty and staff with expertise in various aspects of aquatic ecology and water resources, environmental social sciences, forestry, rural sociology, soil science, and wildlife ecology. The School offers 5 bachelor’s degree majors serving over 800 undergraduate students: Environment, Economy, Development and Sustainability; Environmental Policy and Decision Making; Environmental Science; Natural Resource Management; and Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife. The School strives to prepare students for professional careers at the intersection of fields such as sustainable resource management and environmental policy; across a broad domain including research, education, and communication. Graduate programs serve over 140 combined students in a certificate program, a Master of Science program, a professional practice Master of Environment and Natural Resources, or a Ph.D. program. The School is actively engaged in serving numerous external stakeholders through extension and outreach efforts. Additional details of these programs can be found at: The School’s active research portfolio is a mix of applied and basic research across a wide range of disciplines, including biophysical sciences (soil science, forestry, fisheries, aquatic sciences, wildlife, and ecosystem restoration) and social sciences (sociology, political science, psychology, decision-making and risk sciences). Our research attracts support from federal and state agencies, private industry, and foundations, with total research expenditures exceeding $4 million annually. More details can be found at: The School’s over 40 faculty and 100 staff members are distributed across both the Columbus and CFAES Wooster campuses and expands to Stone Lab island campus on Lake Erie. SENR is committed to fostering diverse, equitable, and unconditionally inclusive culture in thought and action. Additional information, including the current strategic plan, is available at the department’s website,

The College

The College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) anchors its mission in a simple, yet power phrase: We Sustain Life. Faculty, staff, and students alike contribute to this mission in a variety of ways. Our Strategic Alignment outlines the colleges values: Land-Grant Scholarship; Lifespan Learning; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Integrity and Accountability; and Permeable Boarders. These values, which align with the university’s Shared Values, shape our goals of our Strategic Alignment. We are committed to scholarship across three mission areas (teaching, research, Extension) with a commitment to serving our state in addition to the country and world. As a land grant, we are part of a cooperative structure that includes key partners all dedicated to integrating research, education, and Extension to improve the food and agricultural sectors, the environment, and the quality of people’s lives. We educate not just undergraduate and graduate students but learners across the lifespan. We work to ensure that groundbreaking scientific discoveries are brought out of the laboratory and into the hands of those who can put them to work.

CFAES houses 11 departments/schools with over 20 undergraduate majors and 9 graduate programs, including 3 interdisciplinary programs affiliated with multiple Ohio State colleges. We also administer OSU Extension, which provides robust and relevant programming to Ohioans and beyond in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Community Development. We are one college spanning three campuses: Columbus, CFAES Wooster, and Statewide. Our CFAES Wooster campus includes a large research station and Ohio State’s only two-year academic unit, Ohio State ATI. The Statewide campus includes 11 research stations and county Extension offices in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Our At a Glance provides additional information regarding our size, capacity, and impact as a college.

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Location:Kottman Hall (0340)

Position Type:Regular

Scheduled Hours:40

Shift:First Shift

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