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Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Position Number: 3724342
  • Location: Fort Myers, FL
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Assistant Professor, Ornithology

Job Summary
As Assistant Professor of Ornithology, your primary responsibilities will be those of a ranked faculty to include teaching, research, and service. You will teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels, as applicable be involved in course and/or curriculum development conduct research/scholarship participate on College and University committees and/or initiatives and perform other duties as assigned.

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) is a comprehensive university dedicated to quality education, research, and service. All faculty are expected to: be excellent teachers, responsive to changing professional needs be committed to innovative delivery of instruction resulting in improved student learning and success be committed to effective use of technology including distance learning (when applicable) produce peer-reviewed scholarship and provide service to the College, University and Community. Teaching assignments may be on the main campus or at off-campus sites within our region.

The Department of Biological Sciences and FGCU provide unique opportunities for candidates interested in this position. Departmental faculty possess diverse scholarly interests to include molecular, genetic, and organismal pursuits as well as community-engaged research and SoTL (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning). Faculty also provide diverse learning opportunities that run the range of Bloom's taxonomy (from recall to creation) and, therefore, employ different approaches to include integrated lab-lectures, active-learning, and Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs). In addition, half of the campus is set aside as conservation areas, which creates a living laboratory for both teaching and research opportunities. Beyond the borders of the campus, Southwest Florida is a birding Mecca. In addition, faculty, staff, and students partner extensively with the community members, which supports the university's sustainability and service-learning goals. This is a special place for people who want to connect their teaching, research, and service.

Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.

At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.

Job Description

Typical duties may include but are not limited to:
  • Teach 9 credit hours per semester of core and upper-level courses in biology and related subjects.
  • Prepare syllabi, instruction materials, coordinates lectures, laboratories, assignments, active-learning activities, tests, and evaluates student performance.
  • Engage in reflective self-assessment of teaching styles and methods to ensure consistently effective instructional performance.
  • Keep abreast of advances in the field as it pertains to research and teaching.
  • Participate in programmatic assessment and use findings to improve student learning, performance, and success.
  • Assist with the development of curriculum in collaboration with biology faculty that teach lower-level courses.
  • Actively serve on university committees and participates in institutional meetings.
  • Continued professional development activity is expected at a level commensurate with rank and the mission of the University. Community, institutional and professional service in furtherance of FGCU's mission is expected of all faculty.
  • Other duties may be assigned by the Chair.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications
  • Ph.D. in Biology, or related area from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.
  • Must meet the University and College criteria for the appointment to the level of Assistant Professor.
  • ABD will be considered if degree is conferred by August 7, 2023. If successful candidate is ABD, appointment will be made at a Lecturer level on a fixed contract.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Research and/or teaching experience that include molecular methods in organismal biology
  • Ability to teach comparative vertebrate biology, genetics, and other courses in discipline.
  • Experience with multidisciplinary research and/or teaching and a willingness to cultivate interdisciplinary perspectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to implement impactful teaching approaches that could include active-learning approaches, such as Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) or Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL).
  • Experience or commitment to mentor individual undergraduate and/or graduate research students.
  • Willingness to engage in service opportunities that benefit the professional and/or regional community.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
  • Ability to stay current in the discipline.
  • Experience with and commitment to the use of instructional technologies.
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development that improves your teaching, research, and/or service.
  • Interest in collaborating both within and outside the University in research, teaching, and service.
  • Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for a diverse student population and colleagues.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The position is a 9-month multi-year appointment that starts August 2023.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.

Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.

Required Application Materials:
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Diversity Statement
  • Five (5) Professional References

The position is listed as "open until filled", however applications received by December 11, 2022 will receive priority consideration.

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

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