[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Professor Global Change Ecology

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Tue Nov 25 09:20:40 MST 2014

Title: Assistant Professor Global Change Ecology

Location: Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Foo=
d and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, Gainesville, Flo=

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit add=
itional materials by 15 December 2014.  The position will open until a viab=
le applicant pool is determined.

Duties and Responsibilities:
This position is a 12-month tenure-accruing appointment available in the De=
partment of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Institute of Food and Agricu=
ltural Sciences, at the University of Florida. The appointment will be 40% =
teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 60% research (Flor=
ida Agricultural Experiment Station).  The successful candidate will develo=
p an internationally recognized teaching and research program that addresse=
s global change impacts on wildlife and biodiversity.  Duties will
include: (1) teaching an innovative, state-of-the-art undergraduate course =
that provides a foundation in the concepts and tools of global change ecolo=
gy and its effects on behavior, ecology and population dynamics of wildlife=
; (2) teaching a graduate course that integrates quantitative, theoretical,=
 and field approaches to address wildlife management and conservation in a =
global change context;  and (3) developing and supporting a rigorous, inter=
nationally recognized research program focusing on how large-scale, natural=
 and anthropogenic drivers of change (e.g., climate, sea-level rise, biolog=
ical invasions, diseases, fire regimes, pollution, land-use transformation,=
 human population growth and sociopolitical factors) affect wildlife divers=
ity in Florida, the Southeastern US, and abroad.=20

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to ins=
truction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advisin=
g and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curri=
culum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, s=
upervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishin=
g teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in p=
rofessional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Facul=
ty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, di=
stance education, and international education. Position assignment may chan=
ge in accordance with the needs of the department. =20
Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supp=
ortive of and engaged in all three mission areas=97Research, Teaching and E=
xtension=97regardless of the assignment split specified in the position des=

Candidates must possess a doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in wild=
life biology, ecological or biological sciences, or related natural resourc=
es discipline; evidence of scholarship and depth of knowledge in global cha=
nge ecology; experience and willingness working with resource agencies and =
stakeholders; and commitment to teach and inspire undergraduate and graduat=
e students while promoting a diverse educational and professional work envi=
ronment.  Postdoctoral experience is desirable.  Candidates should have dem=
onstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relatio=
nships, and procurement of extramural funding.  Candidates must also have a=
 commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvemen=
t, and accountability.

Background Information:=20
The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, =
and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and profes=
sional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students. =20
UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute =
of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the Colleg=
e of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agri=
cultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Coo=
perative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of =
Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant prog=
ram (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic de=
partments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located th=
roughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RE=
Cs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offic=
es in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natur=
al Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS an=
d managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, wh=
ich includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located i=
n Gainesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation=92s larges=
t agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, =
is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans:=20
the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Ext=
ension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean =
for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, a=
nd the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages i=
n cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.=20

The programs of the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation emphasi=
ze biological and human dimensions of wildlife ecology and conservation in =
local to international arenas.  Department faculty may be affiliated with t=
he Center for Latin American Studies, Center for African Studies, and the S=
chool of Natural Resources and the Environment.  Also housed with the Depar=
tment is the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, whose pri=
ncipal focus is on wetlands wildlife and ecosystem restoration and conserva=
tion. The nearby 3,600-hectare Ordway-Swisher Biological Station, managed b=
y the UF Department of Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, provides an outdo=
or laboratory for teaching and a site for long-term field research, and has=
 been designated to serve as a National Science Foundation NEON core site.

Several units on or nearby the University of Florida campus complement the =
teaching and research programs of the Department, including The Florida Cli=
mate Institute, an interdisciplinary center hosted at UF and comprising 7 F=
lorida universities; Biotechnologies for Ecological, Evolutionary, and Cons=
ervation Sciences; the Tropical Conservation and Development Program in the=
 Center for Latin American Studies; Center for Natural Resources; Center fo=
r Wetlands; Center for Biological Conservation; Pre-eminence initiatives in=
 Bioinformatics and Biodiversity; Florida Museum of Natural History; Northe=
ast Regional Data Center; National Ecology Laboratory (Sirenia) of USGS; Fl=
orida Field Station (Gainesville) of the U.S.D.A. Wildlife Research Laborat=
ory; Southeastern Forest Experiment Station unit of the U.S. Forest Service=
; The Nature Conservancy; the Wildlife Conservation Society; the Wildlife R=
esearch Laboratory of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission=
; and others.

Florida boasts a diversity of fauna and flora common to both southern tempe=
rate and subtropical climates and is replete with springs, rivers, backwate=
r streams, lakes, freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangrove fringes, cypre=
ss swamps, hardwood hammocks, sandhills, scrub, pine flatwoods, and rangela=
nd.  Nested between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, Florida has =
more than 2,000 kilometers of coastal beaches and estuaries.  Special featu=
res include the Florida Keys, which constitute an archipelago of picturesqu=
e subtropical islands, and the unique Everglades, or =93river of grass,=94 =
which sprawls across the vast southern peninsula.  As a gateway to the Cari=
bbean and Latin America, Florida provides convenient access to tropical env=
ironments, and diverse expertise on campus.

Employment Conditions:
This position is available 1 July 2015, and will be filled as soon thereaft=
er as an acceptable applicant is available; specific start date is negotiab=
le.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and quali=
fications of the selected applicant.

Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and=
 address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:
Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation P.O. Box 110430 Gainesville=
, FL 32611-0430

Telephone:              (352) 846-0552
Facsimile:              (352) 392-6984=20
Electronic Mail:        docg at ufl.edu=20

Application Information:

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to
http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/58734 and submit:
o Application
o Cover letter that states applicant=92s interest in the position and quali=
fications relative to the credentials listed above o Curriculum vitae o Sta=
tement of research and teaching/mentoring philosophies (4-page limit total =
=96 attach as =91Other Document=92) o Names and contact information for at =
least 3 references

Official transcripts showing receipt of the doctoral degree should be sent

Please refer to Requisition # 0906992
Dr. Bill Giuliano
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida
Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation P.O. Box 110430 Gainesville=
, FL 32611-0430

Telephone:              (352) 846-0552
Facsimile:              (352) 392-6984=20
Electronic Mail:        docg at ufl.edu =20

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiri=
ng department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered =93official=94=
if a designation of =93Issued to Student=94 is visible.  Degrees earned fro=
m an education institution outside of the United States are required to be =
evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by Nati=
onal Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be fo=
und at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to =
building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.  The selection =
process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida=92s =91G=
overnment in the Sunshine=92 and Public Records Laws.  Persons with disabil=
ities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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