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Assistant Professor of Ecology

UW Tacoma School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Ecology in the Division of Science and Mathematics in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month per year service period that begins September 2022. The successful candidate will be expected to apply rigorous ecological principles and approaches to address pressing environmental problems and involve undergraduate students in faculty research.  They will teach courses in ecology, as well as introductory biology, general science courses for non-majors, and/or a course in their area of specialization, and will contribute to our Environmental Science major (including our Conservation Biology and Ecology option) and will support other majors ( at UW Tacoma.  Additionally, this candidate will create inclusive spaces to support the success of students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations, and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning.

The successful candidate will be expected to conduct high quality, creative, and impactful research in an area of applied ecology that complements the research of our current faculty ( These areas could include, but are not limited to, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, fisheries biology, forest ecology, plant ecology, restoration ecology, or urban ecology.  They will be encouraged to make room for traditional/indigenous ecological knowledge, anti-racist, or decolonial approaches. and to emphasize collaborative or community-engaged approaches in their research (for examples across campus, see They will have opportunities to contribute to or expand upon current research initiatives at UW Tacoma (,) and/or across UW.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 and has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. UWT is designated as an Asian-American, Native American and Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Minority Serving Institution, and a Carnegie Community Engaged Campus.  The campus is located on the traditional land of the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. The region hosts an impressive range of ecologically significant ecosystems, from temperate rainforests to deserts, active volcanoes, our nation’s second-largest estuary, and the Pacific Ocean.   Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting.  Our campus provides a supportive environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. The campus commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere where students, staff, and faculty find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit


This position requires an earned doctorate (or foreign equivalent) at the time of appointment in Ecology or related field. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation may be appointed on an acting basis.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter delineating your interests and qualifications.
  2. Your curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught (or are qualified to teach) and your role in the course (e.g., lead instructor, teaching assistant or lab instructor)
  3. A statement of your teaching philosophy (2 pages or less).
  4. A Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) statement (2 pages or less). The DEI statement is an opportunity for you to highlight your leadership and other prior experiences with diversity, equity, and inclusion in educational settings, as well as to describe specific ways you would help advance our commitments to DEI and anti-racism.
  5. A research statement (2 pages or less). This should include an assessment of the impact of your research to date and a concise description of planned research areas.
  6. A copy of your most creative or impactful published scholarly work.
  7. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (this might include: sample syllabi, quantitative student evaluations, and/or peer teaching evaluations).
  8. Names and contact information for three professional references.

Please submit all application materials through Interfolio. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, contact Dr. Erica Cline at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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