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Georgia College & State University is currently accepting applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor of Biology (Ecology) position

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY (ECOLOGY) 

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Georgia College & State University invites applications for a tenure track position in Ecology to begin in August 2016. We seek a highly trained individual who is committed to liberal arts education, can demonstrate excellence in teaching and research, and possesses the ability to work with a culturally diverse student and faculty population. This candidate will be expected to teach courses for students majoring in both Biology and Environmental Sciences. A primary teaching responsibility will be entry and upper level Ecology classes, with other teaching opportunities including introductory courses in Environmental Sciences, core curriculum and other upper level courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program. 
 are two undergraduate majors within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We currently have 25 full time faculty in the department with about 450 undergraduate biology majors, 100 environmental science majors, and an M.S. program in biology with approximately 30 students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees. For more information about the department visit us at http://www.gcsu.edu/biology/ 

Knowledge/Skills and Abilities: 
• Ability to teach Ecology (BIOL 2800) 
• Ability to teach introductory level courses for the Environmental Science major. 
• Ability to contribute to the core curriculum. 
• Ability to teach upper level courses in their area of expertise. 
• Ability to engage both undergraduate and graduate students in research. 
• Ability to work collegially and effectively with university students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community. 
• Demonstrable ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
• Ph.D. preferred (ABD with a completion by August 1, 2016 will be considered) in Ecology or a related field. 
• Undergraduate teaching experience. 
• Research experience (demonstrated by publication record). 

Preferred Qualifications: 
• Ability to teach upper level courses in Disease Ecology, Wildlife Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology or Ecological Modeling that support both the Environmental Sciences and Biology programs. 
• We are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate the use of innovative teaching and learning pedagogies in their courses. 
• At least two years of experience teaching undergraduate courses. 
• Demonstrated ability to develop a research program that involves mentorship of undergraduate and graduate research. 

Interested candidates should apply online at https://www.gcsujobs.com and include a letter of application, vitae, 1-page teaching philosophy, 1-page research statement, unofficial transcripts and 3 confidential letters of recommendation. Review of Applications will begin on 1 December 2015 and continue until the position is filled. 

The College: Encompassing the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, sciences and mathematics, fine and performing arts, and select professional programs, the College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the university’s four colleges. Approximately 190 full-time faculty in 13 departments teach approximately 3,000 students with arts and science majors. Most of the core curriculum and many service courses to the other colleges are taught by Arts and Sciences faculty. 

Arts and Sciences Mission: The fundamental mission of the College of Arts and Sciences is to promote critical reflection and advancement of knowledge by teaching the core curriculum and offering rigorous and comprehensive major programs that challenge students to address the analytical, historical, cultural, and philosophical foundations of their discipline; and to graduate students with the ability to think critically and creatively; act with ethical awareness; communicate effectively in a free and open exchange of ideas; and prepared to contribute productively, responsibly, and ethically to our state, our nation and the global community. Diversifying our curriculum geographically, temporally, and thematically is a high priority, so evidence of comparative and cross-cultural scholarship is particularly welcome. Evidence of methodological innovation and creative teaching strategies is highly desirable. In keeping with the University's mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity. 

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experiences typical of esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community that emphasizes undergraduate education and offers a select number of graduate programs. GC faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students in the learning process through high impact pedagogies and fostering excellence in the classroom and beyond. Georgia College seeks to endow its graduates with a passion for achievement, intellectual curiosity, and an exuberance for learning and critical thinking. Our values include an emphasis on acting from a foundation of respect for self and others, fostering responsible leaders and global citizens, and cultivating relationships that enhance collaborative approaches to solving problems. Hiring preference will be given to faculty and administrators who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College's mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship. 

Georgia is an Open Records state. The finalist will be required to submit to a background investigation. GC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution committed to cultural, racial, and ethnic communities. We promote equal employment opportunities regardless of race, religion, color, gender, marital status, genetic information, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. It is expected that successful candidates share these commitments.

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