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Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology

University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR, USA
Posted on Friday, June 7, 2024

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Closing Date:


Type of Position:

Faculty - Non-Tenure


Workstudy Position:

No


Job Type:

Contractual (Fixed Term)


Work Shift:

Day Shift (United States of America)


Sponsorship Available:

No


Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions, you should review before applying for the opening.

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Department:

Department of Biological Sciences


Department's Website:

https://biology.uark.edu/


Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of Biological Sciences in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas invites applications for a non-tenure track Visiting Assistant Professor of Ecology to start in August 2024. This is a standard twelve-month faculty appointment.

We seek a candidate who entails conducting research leading to publication, engaging in creative and/or scholarly activities, leading classroom instruction in General Ecology courses, writing and administering exams, assisting in student mentoring in the Naithani landscape ecology lab, and directing BIO REU site summer activities.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

About the Department:
The Department of Biological Sciences emphasizes cell and molecular biology, ecology, and evolutionary biology. Biological Sciences maintains one of the largest undergraduate majors in the university. Special topics courses, interdisciplinary graduate programs and undergraduate research opportunities expose students to a rigorous background in basic and advanced biology and allow for specialized coursework. For more information, visit: https://biology.uark.edu/.

The University of Arkansas is a recipient of the NSF ADVANCE Award (2021-2024). The University of Arkansas Empowering Network Groups for Arkansas Gender Equity (ENGAGE) program promotes institutional change for intersectional and gender equity in STEM departments and across campus. The UofA ENGAGE program identifies, analyzes, and addresses institutional inequities while cultivating faculty equity and success by eradicating institutional barriers and harnessing institutional resources and mentoring networks.

Duties will include:
• 40% Teaching
• 60% Research


Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Ecology or a closely related field from an accredited institution of higher education conferred by the date of initial appointment

  • Evidence of scholarly productivity

  • A commitment to excellent teaching at the undergraduate level

  • Demonstrated competency in the classroom

  • A commitment to mentoring undergraduate, honors, and/or graduate students

  • Demonstrated evidence of strong interpersonal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to building an excellent scholarly environment through teaching, mentoring, and research

  • Experience in undergraduate teaching and mentoring

  • Strong record of successful publication and funding in ecology or related fields

  • Strong evidence of the ability to be an active, involved, and collegial member of a collaborative faculty team both on campus and in relevant national service organizations

KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities)

  • Current knowledge in the field of Ecology

  • Skilled with statistical and simulation modeling approaches in ecosystem or landscape ecology


Additional Information:


Salary Information:

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status


Recruitment Contact Information:

Kusum Naithani, Search Committee Chair, kusum@uark.edu


All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.


Special Instructions to Applicants:

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Completed applications received by July 3, 2024, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Kusum Naithani, at kusum@uark.edu.

Applicants must submit:
• a curriculum vitae
• a cover letter
• 1-page teaching and mentoring statement
• 1-page research statement
• a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin July 3rd, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Annual Salary/Benefits Package: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture that embeds inclusion, opportunity, educational excellence and unparalleled access for all.

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The University does not discriminate in its education programs or activities (including in admission and employment) on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity). Federal law prohibits the University from discriminating on these bases. Questions or concerns about the application of Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, may be sent to the University's Title IX Coordinator and to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.

All application information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.


Constant Physical Activity:

N/A


Frequent Physical Activity:

N/A


Occasional Physical Activity:

N/A


Benefits Eligible:

Yes