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Monday, September 26

Science Olympiad Volunteers Needed

Slauson Middle School Science Olympiad is urgently in search of volunteers to coach this year’s events, especially:
  • Ecology (**Please contact us today!)
  • Optics
  • Mission Possible
  • Dynamic Planet
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Hovercraft 
  • Wright Stuff
If you can spare a couple of hours/week late October-April to inspire Middle School kids, please fill out the interest form TODAY

Thank you so much for your consideration!

Jean Rennich & Lakshmi Atluri
Slauson Science Olympiad Coaches

Friday, September 23

Telluride Association: Five-year room/board fellowship open to all UM students -- application now open

Telluride House is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year. We are trying to get the word out about this valuable scholarship opportunity to as many students as possible. Please feel free to forward this email to any students or colleagues who you think might be interested, or to include it in your newsletter.

About Telluride:
Telluride House is a merit-based residential fellowship committed to establishing a vibrant community supporting democratic ideals of self-governance, a stimulating intellectual environment, and a commitment to public service. Housemembers (all on room and board scholarship at the House) range from freshman to Ph.D students, and are joined in residence by faculty fellows from several fields. By living with a commitment to our self-governing community, Telluride House strives to foster the moral and intellectual growth of its members. Past winners of the Telluride fellowship include a diverse set of luminaries such as philosopher Francis Fukuyama, postmodern scholar Gayatri Spivak, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, Dean of Stanford Law School Kathleen Sullivan, Secretary of Labor Frances Perkins, gender and queer theory scholar Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, and several Nobel Prize winners including Steven Weinberg, Linus Pauling, and Richard Feynman. For more information, please see our website: http://www.telluride-house.com/

Open House Dinner + Information Meeting:
Thursday, September 29th at 5:30PM

Telluride House (1735 Washtenaw Ave: corner of Washtenaw and Cambridge)
RSVP for the dinner + info meeting here: http://www.telluride-house.com/student-applications (scroll to the bottom of the page, fill out your information, and check the appropriate box)

Fall 2016 Application Deadline:
Wednesday, October 5th at 4:00 PM 
·      Applications are available at: http://www.telluride-house.com/student-applications
·      To receive updates about our campus recruiting events, please sign-up here: http://www.telluride-house.com/student-applications. We will email you only 3 times in the semester with pertinent information.
·      Please feel free to contact mbta.apply@tellurideassociation.org with any questions. 

Tenure-track position in Terrestrial Ecology, Colby College

Dear Professor Prof. Diarmaid Ó Foighil,

Colby College is conducting a search for a tenure-track position in Terrestrial Ecology to begin September, 1 2017. The successful candidate will be appointed to the Environmental Studies Program.  The application deadline is October 28, 2016. This position is part of a major multi-disciplinary initiative in Environmental Science that includes faculty positions in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, and Environmental Studies, investments in field and laboratory-based facilities, and partnerships with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and the Maine Lakes Resource Center.  The position will require excellence in both teaching and research. 

We hope you will share the advertisement (attached) for this position as appropriate with your graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and alumni.
Leslie Lima
Administrative Assistant II
Sociology, Environmental Studies,
& African American Studies
Colby College
5350 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901
(207) 859-5350

Philip Nyhus, Director
Environmental Studies Program  

D. Whitney King, Director
Environmental Science

Thursday, September 22

Department Head position, Ecology Department, Montana State University

Department Head of Ecology, Montana State University

The Ecology Department seeks an excellent scientist/experienced leader with strong academic credentials and a commitment to excellence in teaching and research to provide vision, leadership, direction, and expert administration for a dynamic, productive department. The department includes thirteen tenured or tenure-track faculty and two USGS Cooperative Fishery Research Unit faculty with research programs that are recognized regionally, nationally and internationally, a rapidly growing undergraduate program with more than 400 majors, and successful M.S. and Ph.D. programs that include more than 50 graduate students. The department offers B.S. degrees with emphases in Fish & Wildlife Ecology and Management, Conservation Biology and Ecology, Organismal Biology, and Biology Teaching and graduate degrees in Ecology and Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Biology and Management, and Biological Science. We seek a head to facilitate and promote the continued progress in this outstanding department. MSU values diverse perspectives and we enthusiastically encourage members of traditionally underrepresented groups to apply.

For more information and application instructions seehttps://jobs.montana.edu/postings/5631. Screening of applications will begin on or before October 3, 2016; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

MSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

Thank you for your time,

Meghan Heim
Academic Coordinator
Ecology Department
310 Lewis Hall
Montana State University
PO Box 173460
Bozeman MT 59717

Open-rank lecturer position in biology at University of Florida

The University of Florida is searching for an open-rank lecturer in Biology. This person will help direct the cross-college Biology major (the largest undergraduate major at UF), conduct scholarship on pedagogy, teach, etc. For more details, please click on the link below. This would be a great job for someone interested in taking our major to the next level of excellence, and in making a difference to a lot of students. Review of applications will begin 11 October, but the position will remain open until filled. Please feel free to circulate.


Marta L. Wayne, Ph. D.
Professor and Chair
P.O. Box 118525
Department of Biology
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-8525
(courier: 876 Newell Drive)
vox:  352-392-9925
fax:  352-392-3704

Assistant Professor - Willamette University

The Department of Biology at Willamette University welcomes applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2017.

We are seeking a biologist who is building a career as both a scholar and a teacher. Candidates with expertise in any area of biology are encouraged to apply. We are especially interested in candidates who could teach undergraduate courses in one or more of the following areas: Physiology, Evolution and Ecology, and/or Molecular Cellular Biology. The successful applicant will be committed to building a program integrating teaching, research, and mentoring at the undergraduate level, and will be expected to teach 5 course units a year (1.0 unit/lecture, 0.5 unit/lab), establish a research program involving undergraduate students, and participate in service to the University community. The successful applicant will work to build an extramurally fundable program integrating research and teaching in collaboration with undergraduates, faculty and staff. Teaching assignments will include an introductory non-majors biology course (BIOL 110 Principles of Biology), a course in the Biology Major’s Core Curriculum (either Biology 244, Biology 125, or Biology 130), a Research Intensive course based on their own research program, and upper- division course(s) in the candidate’s area of expertise. Course sizes range from 12 to 48 students.
We have discovered that junior colleagues thrive here when arriving with a Ph.D. in biology or a related field and postdoctoral research experience; therefore candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology or a closely related field and postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required. A.B.D. candidates will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed before beginning the
appointment. Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, Willamette University is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. Candidates from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers our diversity and inclusion efforts, and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Your online application should include:
1.  A cover letter describing your interest in the position and how this position fits with your career aspirations and goals.
2.   A teaching statement describing your experience and philosophy that includes your anticipated curricular contributions and pedagogical practices.
3.   A research statement that includes your major research question, theoretical framework, and anticipated plans for adapting your program to support undergraduate research and learning.
4.   A diversity statement describing how, through your scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and/or community service, you will further Willamette University’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive learning environment for students from diverse backgrounds. The successful applicant must demonstrate experience working in diverse, multicultural environments.
5.   A current CV.
6.   Your undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
7.   Three reference letters* from people who can speak to your promise and/or experience as a teacher-scholar, collaborative community member, and mentor.
    * Please notify your references that they will be contacted electronically by Willamette Human Resources. The email will contain a link where a letter of recommendation/reference can be submitted. Letters will be accessible only to the search committee.
The position is open until finalists are selected. For full consideration, all application materials should be received by September 30, 2016.
Inquiries may be addressed to:
Emma Coddington, Search Chair
Biology Department
If you need assistance applying for this position please contact Human Resources, human-resources@willamette.edu or 503.370.6210 

About Biology at Willamette: Our faculty members view themselves as teacher-scholars; teaching in our department is inspired by Vision and Change (NSF, AAC&U, 2011) and learning through research training is deeply imbedded in the curriculum at all levels. This approach enables us to engage in best pedagogical practices and better serve our increasingly diverse and excellent community of students. Sixty percent of our graduates enter careers in science and technology. The Department is committed to mentoring the career development of junior faculty. Tenure-track faculty have individual laboratory space and access to shared research facilities, including recently renovated molecular and microscopy core facilities. Significant department funding is available to support teaching and scholarship. All faculty members are strongly encouraged to seek extramural funding for research and pedagogical projects. Willamette’s Office for Faculty Research and Resources has an outstanding record of helping faculty to find and secure grant funding. For more information about the Department of Biology, please visit 
Willamette University, is a selective residential liberal arts college in the heart of the Willamette Valley and is one of forty Colleges that Change Lives (Penguin Books 2012). Founded in 1842, it is the oldest institution of higher education in the Far West. Situated in Oregon’s capital city, Willamette includes the College of Liberal Arts (approximately 2000 students), and graduate programs in Law and Management. The academic year is divided into two semesters, beginning in late August and ending in May.
Willamette University enrolls a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past two years, 20% of our undergraduate students were first-generation; 21% were Pell-eligible; and 24% identified as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or of two or more ethnic backgrounds. The academic undergraduate profile is high. Recent students have received prestigious NSF, Watson, Truman, Fulbright, and Goldwater fellowships.
This year, Willamette University anticipates hiring tenure-track faculty in the following departments: Biology, Chemistry, Civic Communication and Media, Economics, History, Mathematics, and Religious Studies.
Willamette University is located in Salem, Oregon in the center of the Willamette Valley, approximately an hour’s drive from the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Portland, Corvallis, and Eugene. To learn more about Willamette University, please 
visit http://www.willamette.edu.

Science Communication Fellows Program

The U-M Museum of Natural History invites faculty, grad students, and post docs to join its Science Communication Fellows program, featuring training and practice in effectively communicating science research to public audiences.

See here for more information and to apply to this free program.  The deadline is September 28, 2016.

Tuesday, September 20

Call for Abstracts: Inaugural Michigan University-Wide Sustainability & Environment Conference


Dear University of Michigan Colleague,

On behalf of the MUSE Organizing Committee*, you are cordially invited to participate in the inaugural Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) conference and workshop, to be held February 9-10, 2017, on campus at the Palmer Commons. The purpose of the gathering is to foster connections and new collaborations across the broad suite of sustainability and environment-related research at the University of Michigan. We welcome involvement from all those advancing knowledge on related topics, including those in the humanities and the social, physical, natural, and engineering sciences. 

MUSE will bring together graduate students along with University leadership, faculty, and research fellows for a mixture of interdisciplinary lectures, panel discussions, poster sessions, and network- and skill-building activities. Opportunities will be provided to present both early-stage and final findings from research. Participation among researchers at all stages of their careers (early to senior) will allow new opportunities for collaboration, mentorship, and learning about new developments in fields relevant to your work. A committee will award prizes for outstanding early career contributions.

Please consider participating in this first-of-its-kind gathering by submitting a short abstract. Abstracts on topics related to sustainability and environment may include (but are not limited to) human and social behavior, built environment and infrastructure, land use, water, energy systems, climate change, public health, and ecosystems. Sessions cutting across these and other themes will be designed once abstracts have been reviewed by a selection committee. Please consider presenting either on specific research outcomes or on broader themes that convey your research interests.

Oral and poster presentation opportunities are available. Opportunities are available for sharing preliminary results or short summaries of research, as well as longer time slots for more extensive presentations. When submitting an abstract you may elect to mark it as “Preliminary Results” for special sessions designed to facilitate mentorship and constructive feedback.

The deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday, November 10Please submit your abstract here.

For questions concerning the MUSE conference or about your abstract submission, please write to muse-conference@umich.edu. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to colleagues at the University of Michigan that you think might be interested.


*MUSE Organizing Committee:
Maryam Arbabzadeh (SNRE)
James Arnott (SNRE)
Samantha Basile (CLASP)
Jennifer Carman (SNRE)
Sedona Chinn (Communication Studies)
Paul Glaum (EEB)
Alison King (SNRE)
Joseph Krieger (SNRE)
Neil Lewis, Jr. (Psychology)
Sara Meerow (SNRE)
Fabian Neuner (Political Science)
Lizz Ultee (CLASP)

Faculty Recruitment Event to Enhance Diversity at Liberal Arts Colleges!

Faculty from top liberal arts colleges are coming to University of Michigan on Oct. 10-11 to recruit diverse faculty for positions at their institutions. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with a faculty member to discuss your individual job application portfolio materials (CVs, teaching philosophies, research statements, etc.) and hear about over 100 current job opportunities at their colleges. Students who attend will also hear about worklife at a liberal arts college and get to network with faculty, administrators and diversity officers from participating colleges. Registration is required, so please register here today!

The brief outline for the agenda for this recruitment event to enhance diversity at liberal arts colleges is below:

October 10
  • 9:30-10:15 Breakfast and Welcoming remarks 
  • 10:30-12:00 Liberal arts faculty panel 
  • 12-1:30 Lunch & Keynote
  • 2-3:30 Disciplinary workshops with liberal arts faculty
  • 4:00-5:00 Reception

October 11
  • 10-12 Individual consultation meetings (select a time in our registration page)
  • 12-1:30 Lunch & faculty panel 
  • 2-3:30 Individual consultation meetings (select a time in our registration page)

Monday, September 19

Job announcements at NCSU

Public Science of any sort (Biology, Physics, Stats) that engages underserved communities: 

Education Scholarship focused on Assessing Informal Education through Public Science 

Urban Ecology

Insect Systematics

Friday, September 16

Population genetics faculty search - University of Chicago

Population genetics faculty search
University of Chicago
Department of Ecology and Evolution

The University of Chicago's Department of Ecology & Evolution is seeking to fill a tenure-track or tenured faculty position with an individual applying theoretical and/or empirical approaches to understand POPULATION GENETIC processes, or related problems. The appointee will be part of an effort to strengthen and diversify a collegial group that is interested in major questions in ecology and evolution, and interacts regularly with other units in the Biological Sciences and broader University of Chicago campus. Rank is open, with a preference for appointment at the rank of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR or with tenure at the rank of ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR. A PhD or equivalent terminal degree is required. Applicants must apply online at the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities site at http://tinyurl.com/ja7548m by uploading a curriculum vitae, 3 selected reprints and/or preprints, and separate statements of research and teaching. Applicants for Assistant Professorships must also have three letters of reference emailed to choman@uchicago.edu; Assistant Professor applications will not be considered complete until these letters are received. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. Questions should be addressed to Joy Bergelson at jbergels@uchicago.edu.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.

Sarah Cobey, PhD
Assistant Professor
Ecology & Evolution
University of Chicago

sarahcobey (Skype)

Broad Searches in STEM fields at Emory University

Emory is looking to recruit faculty with a strong commitment to mentoring diverse students and is taking a new approach by targeting a broad search for such candidates. Please consider applying or pass this on to qualified applicants.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, announces a special initiative to recruit excellent tenure- and lecture-track faculty with a strong, established commitment and history of mentoring students from underrepresented and underserved populations. These faculty appointments will contribute to Emory’s commitment to excellence and diversity in the sciences. Applicants can indicate potential departments/area, which include Biology, Environmental Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Math, Biological Anthropology and Psychology (a full list is included in the ads).

Link for the Tenure Track search  https://apply.interfolio.com/37231 

Link for the Lecture Track search:  https://apply.interfolio.com/37312 

Nicole Gerardo
Emory University
Associate Professor, Department of Biology
Director, Graduate Program in Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Invitation to international STEM GSIs to become co-mentors with an undergraduate STEM student

Dear Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math Graduate Students,
  • Are you an international graduate student? 
  • Are you a Bio, Chem, Math, or Physics GSI, or will you be in the future?
  • Would you enjoy meeting weekly with an undergraduate eager to hear your advice about graduate school and eager to share their insights on undergraduate culture(s)?
If so, we invite you to apply to become a co-mentor, meeting once a week this semester with an undergraduate co-mentor. Former co-mentor Kan Ding describes his experience: http://bit.ly/comentorintro 

We've pasted lots of information below about the program. Please feel free to send any questions our way:
Pamela Bogart, English Language Institute (ELI), pbogart@umich.edu
or Kelley Emerson, Science Learning Center (SLC), pke@umich.edu

ELI-SLC Co-Mentoring Program
for Undergraduates and International GSIs in LSA Science Departments
(Apply by FrIday September 30)

LSA’s English Language Institute (ELI) and Science Learning Center (SLC) seek enthusiastic, engaged international GSIs and SLC peer tutors or study group facilitators to join one another as co-mentors in this innovative co-curricular program.

Co-mentoring brings together pairs of individuals who play different roles in the same or similar fields to support one another and share their different perspectives on the same issues. The ELI-SLC Co-Mentoring Program pairs international GSIs in LSA science courses with undergraduates who are working with the SLC as peer tutors or study group facilitators supporting courses in these same fields.  

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Meet Past Co-Mentors and hear about their experiences in these videos:

Co-mentors benefit from sharing their knowledge, skills, and experience with each other. They participate in an intercultural experience which crosses international/domestic and graduate/undergraduate boundaries, thus contributing to a more positive campus climate in which diversity and difference of viewpoints and experience are valued and celebrated.  
  • International GSIs in LSA science fields enjoy real-world English language practice, learn about US culture(s), and increase their understanding of the perspective of the US undergraduates they are teaching.  
  • Undergraduate peer tutors and study group facilitators gain intercultural competence, improve their knowledge of a STEM content-area, and gain insight into the experience of being a graduate student in a STEM field.

The ELI-SLC Co-Mentoring Program is a voluntary experience intended to foster fun, collaborative, informal relationships which enrich the experience and life of all participants and provide them with a unique personal and professional development experience. It does not constitute job training for either GSI or peer facilitator/tutor roles.

Application deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016, at midnight. To apply, click here. Selected applicants will be notified by early October.

Opening orientation event: 6-7:30pm on Wednesday, October 12 at the English Language Institute (ELI).

For even more information, see this program description.

cc: Angelo Pitillo (ELI), Brenda Imber (ELI), Chris Feak (ELI), Kelley Emerson (SLC), Paula Hathaway (LSA Deans Office)

Wednesday, September 7

Two Faculty Positions in Ecology and/or Evolution at Clemson

Dear Colleague,
I would like to invite you to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University. We seek creative, interactive individuals who address cutting-edge research questions in Ecology and/or Evolution using animal, plant, or microbial systems.
As you identified that you study Ecology and/or Evolutionary Biology via Diversify EEB , I hope you would consider applying for this position. We actually have two positions open this year and are anticipating hiring a total of six faculty in the areas of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology over the next three years.
If you have any questions about the positions, please contact me (Saara DeWalt; saarad@clemson.edu) as I am the chair of the search committee. We will start reviewing applications on October 15th. More details below!
Here's the full job ad:
The Department of Biological Sciences at Clemson University invites applications for two tenure-track Assistant Professor positions with an expected start date of August 2017. We seek creative, interactive individuals who address cutting-edge research questions in Ecology and/or Evolution using animal, plant, or microbial systems. The Department awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biological Sciences and Microbiology, as well as graduate degrees in Environmental Toxicology. We invite applicants who will complement and enhance the department’s existing research strengths (http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/). We anticipate hiring a total of six faculty in the areas of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology over the next three years.
Clemson University, located on the shores of Lake Hartwell in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is South Carolina's public land- grant university. The University's research resources include the Palmetto high performance computing cluster, the Clemson University Genomics and Computational Biology Laboratory, the Clemson University Light Imaging Facility, the Campbell Museum of Natural History, and the 17,500 acre Clemson Experimental Forest.
The University and Department are committed to building a diverse body of faculty scholars who are dedicated to working and teaching in a multicultural environment (http://www.clemson.edu/inclusion/). We are also supportive of the needs of dual career couples.
Successful candidates will hold a Ph.D. by the time of appointment and are expected to establish a nationally recognized and externally funded research program, demonstrate teaching excellence, and participate in relevant graduate programs.
Applicants should submit the following items via Interfolio: (1) letter of application; (2) CV; (3) statement of research interests, accomplishments, and plans; (4) statement of teaching interests and experience; (5) statement describing past experience in activities that promote diversity and inclusion and/or plans to make future contributions; and (6) up to three reprints in one PDF. Applicants should also arrange, through Interfolio, for three confidential letters of recommendation to be submitted. A link to the Interfolio application system can be found in the job ad here: http://www.clemson.edu/science/departments/biosci/resources/hiring.html.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2016 and will continue until the positions are filled. Specific inquiries may be directed to Dr. Saara DeWalt,saarad@clemson.edu, chair of the search committee.
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.
Saara J. DeWalt, PhD   Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences
Clemson University   132 Long Hall, Clemson SC 29634-0314
Office +1.864.502.8403 | Skype saara.dewalt.school | saarad@clemson.edu |clemson.edu/biosci/sdewalt | clemson.edu/biosci clemson.edu/cafls/departments/ecology