DESCRIPTION: Cal Poly Humboldt invites applicants for an academic year, tenure-track position specializing in Wetland and Waterfowl Ecology.
As an institution, Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share Cal Poly Humboldt’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, ability and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.
RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at: https://hraps.humboldt.edu/faculty-salary-schedule
Cal Poly Humboldt provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned PhD or equivalent in Wildlife Biology, Organismal Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology or a related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment. ABD will be considered. If ABD, degree requirement must be completed by date of appointment.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:
Experience and expertise in wetland and/or waterfowl ecology, with appropriate additional experience in areas such as wildlife management, ecology, and evolution necessary to teach an upper-division course in wetland habitat ecology and management and/or waterfowl ecology and management to wildlife and zoology majors and an additional course for wildlife majors in the applicant’s area of expertise;
Demonstrable experience in classroom-, field-, and/or lab-based teaching of wildlife biology, ecology, or a related field;
Record of, or potential for, involving students in research and scholarly activity;
Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds;
Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse students and colleagues;
Commitment to contribute to the departments’ mission to support minoritized students;
Demonstrated ability of inclusive pedagogy strategies;
Demonstrated ability to advise and mentor students from minoritized groups in higher education; and
Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of methodologies.
Preferred qualifications for this position include:
Experience teaching and including students from Latinx populations;
Experience in collaboration across traditional disciplinary lines; and
Commitment to participating in professional development opportunities that build effectiveness in areas of inclusion, intercultural communication, and advancing diversity.
Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus instruction, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.
At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty.
Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.
PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to teaching excellence and to building a strong research record. Instructional assignments may include WLDF 420 (Waterfowl Ecology and Management), WLDF 430 (Ecology and Management of Wetland Habitats), WLDF 210 (Introductive to Wildlife Conservation & Administration), WLDF 301 (Principles of Wildlife Management), WLDF 311 (Wildlife Techniques), and other courses in the program. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.
The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship, and creative activity; and service to the University, professional and to the community. These responsibilities include advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to be a successful member of the faculty. During the first two years of the probationary period, teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester. The reduced teaching load supports the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.
Cal Poly Humboldt also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging multiple disciplines across the spectrum. Cal Poly Humboldt is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Department of Wildlife at Humboldt State University enjoys a strong reputation for excellence in undergraduate and Master’s-level graduate education balanced with activity in applied research. It is a thriving program with approximately 400 students. Additional information on the Department of Wildlife can be found at: https://wildlife.humboldt.edu/
Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). The Cal Poly Humboldt campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Cal Poly Humboldt currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. Cal Poly Humboldt is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at Cal Poly Humboldt to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the Cal Poly Humboldt library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People’s Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the Cal Poly Humboldt Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit: www.humboldt.edu/nasp
APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through CHRS Recruiting PageUp:
Letter of Application;
Diversity Statement, include your understanding of the barriers facing Black, Indigenous, and other people of Color (BIPOC) in higher education and your past and/or future contributions to inclusive student success, including equitable access and outcomes through teaching and professional or public service. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any contributions they have made towards the inclusivity of students from the LGBTIQ+ community. (2 page limit);
Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including how it relates to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized;
Statement of Research Interests;
Teaching Evaluations, if available;
Graduate Transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient for initial review); and
Names and Contact Information for Three (3) Professional References. References for qualified candidates will be asked to provide confidential letters of recommendation, to be submitted through CHRS Recruiting (PageUp).
Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.
Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Wildlife, or Cal Poly Humboldt to:
Daniel Barton, Search Committee Chair
Department of Wildlife
Cal Poly Humboldt
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, California 95521-8299
Phone: (707) 826-3430
APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than November 30, 2022. Early response is encouraged.