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Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) - Environmental Science and Studies (22-23)

DePaul University
Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 22, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
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Employment Type
Full Time
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DePaul University invites applications for an Urban-Focused Ecologist to begin in autumn 2022. This tenure-track Assistant Professor would join DePaul’s thriving Environmental Science and Studies (ENV) department (

We invite applicants whose research is in urban-focused ecology, although we are open to interdisciplinary teacher-scholars whose background or specialty might include social-ecological systems/coupled human-natural systems, landscape ecology, restoration ecology, or the study of ecosystem processes modified by urban development.

The successful candidate would teach 6 courses per year (each lecture period counts for 1 course and each lab section for 0.5 course), typically 2 courses per each of three academic quarters (Sept-June) with about 5 weeks of winter break. The 10-week quarter system provides curricular flexibility and makes course delivery more nimble. ENV courses taught would depend on the new faculty member’s expertise and interest, but would include topics related to data analysis and statistics. This tenure-track position is an exciting opportunity for an individual with a commitment to undergraduate education. Additionally, community partnerships can be developed using Chicago as a classroom for social justice and equity-based research. We have long-standing collaborations in teaching and research with The Field Museum, the Morton Arboretum, and the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching and scholarship. Most of all, the successful candidate will be committed to helping a diverse population of students to succeed in undergraduate research and course learning, regardless of gender, ethnicity, and STEM preparation. The candidate would also advise graduate students in our M.S. program.

About the Department, College, and University:

The ENV department currently serves over 120 undergraduate students in two majors: Environmental Science (B.S.) and Environmental Studies (B.A.). The department also offers a M.S. in Environmental Science that serves approximately 25 students. ENV has seven full-time faculty, a department administrator and a laboratorian. ENV faculty are actively engaged in research and teach a diverse student population.

Although our ENV department prides itself on its small-community feel, the College of Science and Health (CSH) and DePaul University offer big-university resources and amenities. CSH houses 10 departments in ENV-related disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, and Health Sciences, with nearly 2,400 undergraduate students and 900 graduate students in 20 master’s and doctoral programs. CSH facilities include greenhouses, vans for field work and field trips, laboratory spaces, a flame atomic absorption spectrometer (FL-AAS), ion chromatograph, a STEM center, and internal funding opportunities for faculty and student research. DePaul’s Steans Center supports faculty in developing research and educational partnerships with Chicago communities and provides funds for students engaged in community-based research.

With a total enrollment over 22,000 students, DePaul is one of the largest private non-profit universities and the largest Catholic university in the nation. Yet, the class size in its academic programs typically does not exceed 40 students, reflecting the value the university places on teaching excellence. DePaul’s programs provide high quality, personalized, accessible education to a diverse student body, grounded in the values of St. Vincent de Paul. Our teaching and research advance knowledge and service to society

DePaul seeks applicants who reflect the diversity of its student body and the city of Chicago. Those with experience working with diverse faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to an inclusive climate are encouraged to apply. We urge candidates to provide examples of their successes in these areas. Women, members of historically underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. with experience in data analysis and interest in teaching undergraduate and graduate data analysis courses
  • Demonstrated experience in retaining and guiding diverse populations to successful completion of degree
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting undergraduate research
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in a collaborative environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching undergraduate students in environmental science
  • Ability to teach courses in ecosystem ecology, and other urban ecology topics in the candidate’s area of expertise, at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Data analysis skills in R
  • Commitment to developing innovative curriculum
  • Interest in opportunities to incorporate service-learning in teaching.

Application Instructions

A complete application should contain the following:

  1. A letter of application indicating interest in and qualifications for the position;
  2. A curriculum vitae;
  3. A one-page statement of teaching philosophy;
  4. A one-page statement of research interests;
  5. Contact information for three professional references will be requested for candidates selected for the interview round.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Only completed applications will be considered. Applications submitted by December 5, 2021, will receive priority consideration.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

DePaul University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, martical status, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected status, in accordance with applicable federal, state and local EEO laws.

Safety and Security Statement - Clery Act:

A copy of DePaul University's Safety and Security Information Report and Fire Safety Report is available upon request.  The report includes statistics about crimes that occurred on campus and public property immediately adjacent to campus.  The report includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault and other matters.  It also includes fire statistics, fire safety practices and standards of the institution.  A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Office at 773-325-7775 or by visiting the DePaul Public Safety website at

Title IX Statement:

Federal Title IX policy requires that all colleges and universities make known the contact information for the person responsible for coordinating its efforts to comply with Title IX responsibilities.  At DePaul University, the Title IX Coordinator is Kathryn Statz.  Her office is located in Lincoln Park on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, 2250 N. Sheffield Avenue.  She can be reached at 312-362-8970, or

Required COVID-19 Vaccination:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent upon receiving all recommended doses of the COVID-19 vaccine or having a valid religious or medical reason not to be vaccinated.  To request a medical or religious exemption, please email

Required Background Check:

Employment at DePaul University is contingent on passing a background check.  Only final candidates who are extended an offer of employment will undergo a background check.

Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse & Neglect:

Upon accepting an offer of employment with the university, you will also be required to sign an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status at the time of hire.  A mandated reporter is required to make a report to the Illinois DCFS Hotline whenever there is a reasonable cause to believe that a child known to them in their professional or official capacity may be abused or neglected.  For more information, please visit the following pages: 

Illinois Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS)

Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act


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