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  • Lecturer in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology; Director of M.A. Program

    Guest Maria Diuk-Wasser
    • Employer: Columbia University
      Location: New York
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    Columbia University invites applications for a Lecturer in Discipline position in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. E3B represents broad interests in ecology, evolution, behavior, conservation biology, and environmental science and maintains strong links to Columbia’s Earth Institute, the American Museum of Natural History, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York Botanical Garden, and EcoHealth Alliance.

    We seek a scholar with a serious commitment and proven record in teaching, advising (ideally at a graduate level), and research. The candidate will serve as Director of the M.A. Program (DMAP), and will teach a student research development seminar, a core graduate conservation biology course and other graduate and advanced undergraduate courses that complement departmental offerings. As many students have a particular interest in conservation biology, the ability to teach in this area is particularly valuable. The teaching load is 5 courses per year, divided over two semesters. The DMAP will also advise individual students about course selection, research projects and careers.

    The department’s M.A. program, which is separate from the department’s Ph.D. program, includes students with diverse backgrounds, interests and aspirations. For example, some plan to join conservation organizations or teach at a K-12 level, while others wish to continue in academia and proceed to Ph.D. programs in various areas of integrative biology. Many are interested in gaining research experience, and the DMAP plays an essential role in linking individual students with research opportunities both within the department and in the research institutes listed above. Breadth in research and teaching as well as experience in building links among partner groups are likely to be valuable in this context.

    Although the position emphasizes teaching, advising and leading the M.A. program, we expect the DMAP to be research active and include students in research. It is important that the research plan shows an ability to balance teaching, advising and a research program that includes students.

    Lectureships at Columbia University are faculty appointments with a primary focus on instruction; as noted above, however, the Department of E3B expects its lecturers to be research-active as well. Lectureships at Columbia University are faculty appointments with a primary focus on instruction; as noted above, however, the Department of E3B expects its lecturers to be research-active as well. Initial appoint is for one year with renewal  pending successful performance reviews.


    Minimum Degree Required: Ph.D.

    Minimum Qualifications: Strong research and publication record.

    Preferred Qualifications: Experience in teaching, advising, and research at a graduate level. 

    Application Instructions

    All applications must be made through Columbia University’s Academic Search and Recruiting (ASR) system. Candidates should submit a cover letter, a CV, a 2-page teaching and mentoring statement (including philosophy, experience and plans), a 2-page statement of research plans commensurate with a significant teaching and administrative load, and contact information for three references.. Applications received by November 15, 2021 will receive full consideration.

    Appointment to begin July 1, 2022.  

    Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. Maria Diuk-Wasser (mad2256@columbia.edu). 


    New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the United States, and this diversity is reflected throughout the campus of Columbia University. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

    Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran

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