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Assistant Professor – Fisheries and Wildlife Instructor, MSU

Employer
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife
Location
East Lansing, Michigan
Salary
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

Job Details

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University invites applications for a full‐time, 9-month fixed term Assistant Professor Instructor position, with a 90% teaching and 10% service assignment. The position will have an initial appointment of 2 years and will be annually renewed depending on positive performance reviews and availability of funding. The successful candidate will join a dynamic community with faculty, postdoctorates and students who engage in departmental and campus-wide programs, and span broad expertise in natural resources management and ecology. Our department is committed to high quality education and the well-being of our students.  We teach courses for FW majors (about 200 total), majors in other natural resources/ecological science fields, and non-science majors.

 

The Department seeks individuals trained in areas including but not limited to: (a) animal population sampling techniques quantitative analysis and conservation, and (b) community and ecosystem ecology and management. The 90% teaching assignment generally corresponds to teaching three, 3-credit courses per semester, with adjustments based on student contact hours (i.e., courses with large enrollment or multiple labs weigh heavier in the calculation). The position start date will be August 15, 2024, but the successful candidate will be hired as a temporary instructor (at the same pay rate) starting July 1, 2024 (to prepare course materials for the Fall 2024 semester). The Department has immediate or near-term teaching needs in Fundamentals of Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology and Management Lab (FW 101L) and Integrative Studies in Biological or Physical sciences (a science service class; e.g., ISP 217), and depending on faculty expertise Wildlife Population Analysis (FW 424), Wildlife Research and Management Techniques (FW 413), Fish Population Analysis and Management (FW 479), Limnology (FW 472), Marine Biology, and a new capstone course for our undergraduate majors.  Expertise in both terrestrial and aquatic/marine biota and ecosystems is not required but would be highly desired.

 

Overall, we seek a colleague who will:

 

  • Foster an inclusive and welcoming lecture and laboratory classroom that respects the diverse backgrounds and experiences of students.
  • Develop and implement effective teaching strategies that engage students and support their learning and understanding of course concepts.
  • Collaborate in the development and improvement of student-centered curricular resources.
  • Participate in departmental meetings, student mentoring, and other academic and administrative activities as required.

 

Required qualifications: An earned Ph.D. in wildlife, fisheries, limnology, ecology, zoology, or a closely related field. An interest in teaching mostly undergraduate students, in continually improving teaching approaches, and in effectively incorporating experiential learning opportunities. Must be committed to advancing MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

Desired qualifications: A demonstrated record of effective and inclusive teaching, and interest in university or professional service. Experience or interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning.

 

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife: The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is an international leader in integrating research, teaching, and engagement to positively affect local, regional, national, and global outcomes in natural resources. Our work supports stakeholder efforts to conserve, sustain and value natural resources; improves natural resource sustainability; and expands understanding of basic science by linking physical, biological, and social sciences to solve challenges related to the environment, terrestrial and aquatic organisms, and people.  Our department is unique within MSU and one of the top departments of its kind in the world.

 

Location: The position will be based at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI, USA.  Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water, and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career and other support can be found at http://worklife.msu.edu/

 

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion. Candidates are invited to view the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife objectives around the topic of DEI here.

 

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications. MSU offers a generous benefits package (details here).

 

To Apply:  Applicants should submit the following materials to the Michigan State University Human Resources office (#929204): (1) cover letter including summary of areas of disciplinary expertise, (2) Curriculum Vitae, (3) statement of teaching interests and experience, (4) statement describing experience and future plans to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (5) an example from teaching materials you have developed that introduces one particularly challenging concept or learning objective, including all associated slides and notes, as well as follow-up assessment(s) given to students. (Slides and notes should correspond to not more than one class period.) In addition, please provide a 1-page explanation of the context for how and in what class the materials were presented, expected student outcomes, and the criteria used to evaluate understanding/outcomes. https://careers.msu.edu/en-us/job/517480/instast-prof 

Applicants will be prompted to provide the name, email address and phone number for 3 individuals who can provide confidential letters of recommendation, if requested.

Review of Applications: Candidate Review will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

 

Questions regarding this position can be addressed to the Search Committee Chair: Dr. Mary Tate Bremigan (bremigan@msu.edu), Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA.

 

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from, and nominations of, women, persons of color, veterans, persons with disabilities and other individuals who can contribute to the intellectual diversity and cultural richness at Michigan State University. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

 

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The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is a vibrant community of scholars comprising >40 core faculty (tenure stream and fixed-term faculty, and academic specialists), >30 research associates, >80 graduate and 240 undergraduate students. Our Mission is to build local, national, and international capacities to conserve ecosystems that support fish, wildlife, and society through integrated programs in research, education, and engagement. We are committed to the integrative nature of natural resources conservation and management, with our expertise ranging from disciplinary areas with a long-standing history in the domain of fisheries and wildlife to those emerging more recently.

Michigan State University (MSU) is one of the top research universities in the world and home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs. MSU is a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, and scientists that provide regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research and excellence in teaching. In addition, consistent with its Land Grant origins, the MSU community pursues international engagement and provides strong extension programs that partner with diverse stakeholders to provide much needed research in the areas of food, energy, water and the environment. MSU enjoys a park‐like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of >500,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at
https://worklife.msu.edu/dual-career. Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at https://worklife.msu.edu.

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