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Biology – Assistant Professor – Mammalian Wildlife Management/Ecology
October 2, 2008
APPOINTMENT: Tenure track position starting in August of 2009.
QUALIFICATIONS: Mammalogist with Ph.D. and research emphasis in wildlife ecology at time of employment. The candidate must demonstrate a broad background in field-based wildlife ecology and game management. Candidates must be able to pass oral English proficiency requirements and must have teaching experience at least at the graduate assistant level.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: It is strongly preferable that the candidate can document postdoctoral employment, collegiate teaching experience, and demonstrate professional development through peer reviewed publication(s) and / or grants obtained from competitive granting programs.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate should be a broadly trained mammalian ecologist who will teach mammalogy, game management, ecology, and introductory zoology. The candidate will also have the opportunity to teach a summer course on a rotating basis at our Kibbe Life Science Station, might be asked to teach courses with a significant GIS component (such as biological applications of GIS or conservation and management of natural resources), and will be able to develop a course in their area of specialty. Courses may have both undergraduate and Master’s degree level graduate students enrolled. The successful candidate is expected to develop an active research program involving Master’s degree and undergraduate students. Service on committees in the Department, College, University, and with the general public is also expected, as is the ability to perform curatorial duties for the mammal collection.
RANK AND SALARY: Assistant Professor rank. Salary commensurate with background and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit: http://www.wiu.edu/hr/benefits.php .
THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors in Biology (with options in Botany, Microbiology, Teacher Certification, and Zoology) leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. There are approximately 550 undergraduate majors. Minors are also offered in Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Environmental Science. The Department offers a Master of Science in Biology degree and currently has 84 graduate students; also available are Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Zoo and Aquarium Studies and Environmental GIS. There are 22 full time faculty members and a full time academic advisor. The Department has the Alice L. Kibbe Life Science Station ( www.wiu.edu/kibbe/ ) located 45 miles west of campus on the Mississippi River as well as the Rodney and Bertha Fink Environmental Studies Field Laboratory and Conservancy located 2 miles from campus. The Department’s mammal collection contains over 2000 specimens. For more information about the University and our Department, visit our website at http://www.wiu.edu/biology/ .
THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as one of the “Best in the Midwest Colleges” by The Princeton Review and selected as one of just 24 public universities ranked a Tier 1 Midwestern Masters Institution by U.S. News & World Report, Western Illinois University serves 13,400 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional, residential, four-year campus in Macomb, IL, and its upper division, urban, commuter location in the Quad Cities/Moline. The four core values at the heart of WIU are academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility. With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1, WIU’s 615 full-time faculty teach 95 percent of all undergraduate as well as graduate courses in addition to 13 pre-professional degree programs and 10 post-baccalaureate certificate programs. WIU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association; it is also a member of the NCAA and competes at the Division I level. The Leslie F. Malpass Library ranks among the finest at comprehensive universities in the United States.
APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts, reprints, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and teaching philosophy, and have three reference letters submitted to the Department. Reply to: Dr. Richard V. Anderson, Department of Biological Sciences, 316 Waggoner Hall, Western Illinois University; 1 University Circle; Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Screening of applications for this tenure track position will begin January 5, 2009, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications will not be returned.
Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. In that spirit, the Biology Department is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities. Western Illinois University has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.
Susan Meiers, Associate Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Illinois University
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455