Assistant Professor

Adair Village, Benton County / Corvallis, Benton County
Apr 04, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Appointment Type: Academic Teaching/Research Faculty

Department: Fisheries and Wildlife 211600 AGD

Position Summary: The Fisheries and Wildlife Department invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 9-month, Tenure Track (Annual) Assistant Professor position.

The Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Oregon State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Stream Ecology. We seek an energetic, enthusiastic colleague to complement our existing strengths in teaching, research and service, and help expand our nationally and internationally recognized programs in wildlife, fisheries and conservation biology. Our interdisciplinary, collaborative research on freshwater systems includes Pacific Northwest rivers and streams, Pacific salmons, high alpine lakes, Asian wetlands, and South American freshwater fishes. Come and share the great diversity of Oregon's environment and natural resources, including the Pacific Ocean, the deepest lake in the United States, extensive networks of rivers and streams, progressive urban and agricultural areas, mountains and high deserts.

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (FW) has a large, diverse faculty currently engaged in research throughout Oregon, all continents and 10 oceans or seas. In addition to the main campus in Corvallis, our faculty comprise part of the Hatfield Marine Science Center (, Marine Mammal Institute (, and Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station ( located one hour from Corvallis on the coast in Newport. Our faculty also oversee the Oregon Hatchery Research Center ( and are stationed in eastern Oregon at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center ( and the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center ( FW is home to the Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units ( and Corvallis is home to research groups from USGS (Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science), the USFS (Pacific Northwest Science Center), and USEPA. Many of those scientists have affiliation with our department, and our faculty and students benefit greatly by interacting and collaborating on teaching and research with these groups.

The department has a large and diverse student body on campus (>350 undergraduate students, 100 graduate students) and online (~400 undergraduate students, 40 graduate students), thus, we seek an individual with strong commitment to teaching and innovation in online education.

Position Duties: General Responsibilities

The appointee will teach two undergraduate classes and a graduate class annually, including Stream Ecology and Restoration Ecology, as well as advise undergraduate and graduate students. On alternate years, appointee will teach an additional graduate seminar. Appointee will develop and maintain an active, extramurally funded research program as well as lead and participate in outreach activities relating to lotic ecosystem management, conservation and restoration.

50% Teaching, Advising and Other Education Duties

- Teach two undergraduate classes annually.
- Advise 25-35 undergraduate majors annually.
- Teach one graduate class annually and lead a graduate seminar, special topics courses or other educational experience in alternate years.
- Mentor graduate students and serve on graduate committees inside and outside the Department.
- Help review and develop the department's on-campus and on-line curriculum, and contribute to the scholarship of teaching as appropriate.

40% Research and Integrative Scholarship

- Maintain an active, externally-funded research program on ecology, conservation and management of lotic ecosystems.
- Collaborate with other scientists as well as with tribal, state and federal agencies, in planning and conducting scholarly studies as appropriate.
- Regularly publish the results of original research in peer-reviewed journals, reports, and other outlets intended for peer scientists and other natural resources professionals.
- Present current research findings at regional and national conferences.

10% Service and Outreach

- Assume an equitable share of governance and committee duties in the department, college, and university. Show initiative and cooperative spirit in carrying out obligations as a member of academia, a state employee, and of the community.
- Understand stakeholder needs and periodically develop and communicate technical and non-technical information to natural resource professionals, Extension agents, educators, and the public. Cooperate with Extension Specialists and other educators to support educational programming for professionals and life-long learning for the public.
- Participate in professional societies.

Position Duties (continued):

Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Travel may be required for research.

Minimum/Required Qualifications: Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent advanced degree in ecology, fisheries, conservation biology, zoology, or a related biological discipline at the time of appointment.

Significant expertise in stream ecology and a demonstrated interest in teaching are expected. Research should relate to one of the following areas of stream and river ecology: population, community, ecosystem or restoration ecology, hydrology or landscape ecology.

The ability to identify and willingness to address significant natural resource problems and collaborate with resource managers, administrators, and multiple stakeholders is essential.

A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications: Demonstrated extramural grantsmanship, postdoctoral experience, and knowledge of resource management, limnology, distance delivery of educational programs and outreach.

A demonstrated record of recruitment or mentorship of groups underrepresented in the field.

Scholarly Outcomes for Position (academic faculty only): 40% Overall, scholarship as defined by Oregon State University represents 40% of all duties, and may include activities under any of the three categories of Major Duties and Responsibilities listed above. Generally, scholarship and creative activity are understood to be original intellectual work whose significance is validated by peers or critique, and which is communicated (see OSU Faculty Handbook, Promotion and Tenure Guidelines). Specific examples of scholarship may include (but are not limited to): success in seeking competitive grants and contracts; research contributing to a body of knowledge, if validated by peers and communicated; development of new technologies and methods; integration of knowledge or technology leading to new interpretations or applications; but also work on steering committees and funding agency panels, and editorships, service to professional organizations drawing upon professional expertise if it meets standard criteria of peer validation and dissemination; as well as innovation in teaching strategies and development of new educational approaches. For more information on scholarship and tenure review, please visit the OSU Faculty Handbook at

Posting Date: 03-17-2014

For Full Consideration Date:

Closing Date: 04-15-2014

Recommended Full-Time Salary Range: Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants: When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
(1) a cover letter addressing your qualifications and aspirations as they relate to the specific duties and responsibilities described in the position description;
(2) a full-length curriculum vitae (CV);
(3) a two-page teaching philosophy (attach as Other Document 2);
(4) a two-page research statement (attach as Other Document 3); and
(5) the names and contact information (email, telephone and mail) of three referees who may be contacted by the search committee (attach as other document).

For additional information please contact: Tiffany Garcia, 541-737-2164;

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Posting Number: 0012093

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