Faculty Position in Biology (Freshwater Ecology) | The Evergreen State College

Faculty Position in Biology (Freshwater Ecology)

We seek a quantitative and field-oriented freshwater ecologist with research experience in stream and riparian ecology to teach in a wide range of interdisciplinary courses at the undergraduate level. Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching at all levels. A broad knowledge of evolution, ecological interactions among freshwater organisms and the interactions between freshwater and terrestrial plants, microorganisms, invertebrates and ecosystem processes is important for a successful applicant for this position. Specific experience with questions that link across disciplines from major ecological phenomena to the fine scale influence of genetic variation is desired. Washington State provides a variety of freshwater ecosystems including those that have been severely impacted by human activities and a faculty in this position would have the opportunity to incorporate these restoration efforts into her or his teaching. With this in mind, a successful applicant should have a demonstrated ability to engage undergraduate students in ecosystem and community ecology and outreach in freshwater and riparian habitats.

Evergreen organizes its curriculum through interdisciplinary studies (rather than through departments and courses), so the ideal candidate would show the potential for working across disciplines with faculty colleagues. In addition to teaching, faculty are expected to advise and mentor students and participate in Evergreen’s system of shared governance. Through participation in shared governance, faculty play a significant role in most aspects of how the college is run.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in the biological sciences;
  • Demonstrated experience teaching freshwater biology and ecology with an emphasis on linkages between terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and quantitative field methodologies;
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in working with communities to help restore riparian habitats;
  • Research goals compatible with Evergreen's mission to mentor undergraduate students;
  • Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching in an interdisciplinary context; and
  • College level teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in contributing to a curriculum that emphasizes connecting theory to practice;
  • Ability to support students’ development of scientific literacy; 
  • Ability to support students’ development of writing skills; 
  • Experience in interdisciplinary teaching or research; 
  • Team teaching experience; 
  • Experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations; and 
  • Experience pursuing innovative and engaging teaching strategies. 

To apply, please enter the following information to our online application:

  • Contact Information 
  • Work Experience 
  • Affirmative Action

Submit the following items as email attachments to: facultyhiring@evergreen.edu

  • Curriculum vitae; 
  • Letter of application that expresses your interest in the position and details how your background, skills and experience will contribute to academically rigorous, interdisciplinary science programs; 
  • Three current letters of reference from professional colleagues (letters of reference may be submitted via regular mail or email (facultyhiring@evergreen.edu);
  • Descriptions of two potential research projects suitable for undergraduate students; 
  • 1-2 page statement of your teaching philosophy and practice. Please focus specifically on your understanding and/or experience of interdisciplinary study and what you believe should distinguish a liberal arts education today; 
  • 1-2 page statement of your multicultural experience and/or practice
  • Examples of scholarly work; and
  • Optional: Student evaluations and/or letters of support from current and/or former students.

Review of complete applications begins October 23, 2013. We will continue to accept application materials until finalists are selected.

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The College reserves the right to extend searches or not offer positions advertised. As a condition of employment, persons hired must provide proof of identity and employment eligibility within three(3) days of beginning work.  All position offers are contingent on funding. Persons with disabilities can receive accommodations in the hiring process by contacting the Faculty Hiring Coordinator. The Evergreen State College is an equal opportunity employer.

The successful candidate is eligible for continuing appointment based on the guidelines set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.