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  • Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: University of Maine
      Location: Orono, Maine
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/01/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    An abbreviated position summary is provided below – the full announcement with additional detail about the position is available through the University of Maine’s hiring portal.    


    Position Title: Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology; Full-time, nine-month, 75% teaching, 25% research, tenure-track appointment.


    Statement of Purpose: The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology at the University of Maine is pleased to announce the recruitment of a tenure-track faculty position in conservation biology at the assistant professor level.  The appointment will consist of 75% teaching and 25% research responsibilities to begin as early as September 2020. 


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Teaching responsibilities for a 75% teaching load will average 13.5 credit hours per academic year. Primary responsibilities will include the upper-level undergraduate courses “Conservation Biology” and “Management of Threatened & Endangered Species”.  Other courses as selected according to faculty expertise and department needs, including field-based and graduate-level.  The successful candidate will have a research appointment through the Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station with expectations for research output consistent with a 25% research appointment.  The successful candidate will be expected to advise graduate and undergraduate students and fulfill service responsibilities consistent with departmental and college needs.

    Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:


    Required: A Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology, Fisheries, Conservation Biology, or a related discipline.  The successful candidate will possess evidence of potential for excellence in teaching and a track record of conducting high-quality scientific research in conservation biology. 

    Preferred: Post-doctoral experience, particularly with experience as a primary instructor, is preferred.  Other measures of potential, such as prior success in obtaining funding, college-level instruction, undergraduate and graduate mentoring, and interdisciplinary collaboration, particularly with professional conservation organizations, are desirable.  Demonstrated potential for teaching and research relevant to the flora, fauna, and conservation issues that are unique to the Northeastern U.S.

    Application: Applicants should submit A) a cover letter briefly describing how their background will complement the teaching and research strengths of the department, B) a statement on their research program, C) a statement on their approach to teaching, D) a curriculum vitae, and E) contact information for at least three references.  The successful candidate will additionally demonstrate in these materials an ability to be responsive to the educational equity goals of the university and its increasing ethnic diversity and international character.  As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples. 

    All application materials should be submitted online through the University of Maine’s hiring portal: https://umaine.hiretouch.com.  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Erik Blomberg, chair of the search committee (wlefacultysearch@maine.edu).

    The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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