Teaching Assistant Professor - Western Lands Plant Ecology
Washington State University
Location: Pullman, Washington
Internal Number: 4793134
Teaching Assistant Professor - Western Lands Plant Ecology
Available Title(s): 158-NN_FACULTY - Teaching Assistant Professor - Career
Business Title: Teaching Assistant Professor - Western Lands Plant Ecology
Employee Type: Faculty (+) (Fixed Term)
Time Type: Full time
Position Term: 9 Month - Summer
Summary of Duties:
Teach courses including but not limited to Disturbance Ecology, Arid Land Plants and Ecosystems, Introduction to Wildland Fire, Silviculture, Natural Resource Ecology. For more information about the courses offered within the Forest Ecology and Management Program at WSU please see: https://catalog.wsu.edu/Pullman/Courses/BySubject/SOE
Recruit and mentor undergraduate majors.
Work collaboratively, respectfully, and productively with other faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of disciplines, cultures, and academic backgrounds
Maintain investment in pedagogical development
Serve university, professional, and/or public organizations from an ethical and evidence-based position.
Earned doctorate in Ecology, Botany, Forestry or related discipline at the time of appointment
Evidence of successful classroom and/or individual instruction or mentorship
Demonstrated ability and/or potential to support, mentor, and educate individuals identifying with historically underserved groups and contribute to WSU's diversity, equity, and inclusion goals (www.wsu.edu/drive-to-25/diversity-recruitment-plans), e.g., based on past experience or training.
Scholarship focus on Forest and Arid Lands Plants Education, including ability to teach plant identification for a wide variety of plants (i.e. field botany), and a variety of disciplines in ecology and forestry.
Experience and interest in leading students on field trips.
Experience with, or willingness to, teach online.
About WSU, Pullman, CAHNRS, and School of the Environment
Washington State University is a land grant, multiple-campus Research 1 institution. This position will serve on the Pullman campus, which has an enrollment of around 20,000 students and is located in Southeastern Washington on the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus peoples. Located 80 miles south of metropolitan Spokane, Pullman is also a quick drive away from the scenic Idaho panhandle and Moscow Mountain. The rolling hills of the Palouse offer a wide range of activities and a true four-season climate. The area provides ample opportunity to enjoy the cultural and academic hub of both Washington State University in Pullman, WA and the University of Idaho, in the neighboring town of Moscow, Idaho. For more information about the region, please see https://pullmanchamber.com.
The School of the Environment (SoE) is a unique cross-college academic unit located in both the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resources (CAHNRS). The SoE integrates across disciplines to provide evidence-based research to inform science and society. Our 38 faculty, ~100 graduate students, and ~500 undergraduates work together from multiple campuses across Washington state on a broad range of issues, ranging from Earth formation and evolution to present-day processes among Earth's diverse environments. On-campus facilities that support wildlife include the WSU Bear Center, the E.H. Steffen Center, Wild Ungulate Facility and the Wildlife Habitat and Nutrition Lab. The SoE brings together undergraduate science majors in Earth Science, Environmental and Ecosystem Science, Forest Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The College of Agriculture Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) is an expansive and diverse college comprised of 14 academic departments and schools, 4 research and Extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 1 tribal and 39 county Extension offices. Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering, accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. To learn more about CAHNRS, visit https://cahnrs.wsu.edu/.
The Forest Ecology and Management Program within the School of the Environment at WSU offers an undergraduate major in Forest Ecology and Management, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences and Masters and Doctoral degrees in Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences. Specialties within the Forest Ecology and Management Program include Ecophysiology, Dendrochronology, Remote Sensing, Wildfire Ecology and Management, and Disturbance Ecology. An essential aspect of the mission of the Forest Ecology and Management Program at WSU is providing undergraduate students with a hands-on and a foundational scientific understanding on managing the forests and ecosystems around us.
The School of the Environment supports the current and future mission of Washington State University as a major land-grant research institution. Our teaching, research, and outreach advance understanding of the Earth's complex and dynamic physical, structural, biogeochemical, ecological and biological systems, as well as the impacts of land use and climate change. Our ~38 faculty, ~100 graduate students, and ~500 undergraduates work together from multiple campuses across Washington state on a broad range of issues, ranging from Earth formation and evolution to present-day processes among Earth's diverse environments. The SoE brings together undergraduate science majors in Earth Science, Environmental and Ecosystem Science, Forest Ecology and Management, and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences, and offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.
WSU is a Tier I research institution with campuses unified across Washington state. Located in the homelands of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe and Palus people, and on traditional Cowlitz, Umatilla, and Yakama Nation lands, among others, WSU acknowledges the complications of regional and national history and their intersection with higher education. We work to increase the inclusion and success of historically underrepresented or marginalized students, staff, and faculty. We are committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, and to cultivating a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive departmental culture. Persons who meet the required qualifications and are of intersectional identities spanning complexes of race, gender, orientation, mental and physical ability, previous employment, and life experience are encouraged to apply.
College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)
$55,000.00 - $60,000.00 annual salary over 9-month academic year
In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate's current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position or as mandated by a U.S. Department of Labor prevailing wage determination.
WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.
This is a temporary position expected to end on August 15, 2027. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.
Posting Close Date:
This position has been re-posted. Applicants must submit their completed application by February 4, 2024 at 11:59 PM.
This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.
Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application. External candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/CV' section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the 'Resume/Cover Letter' section of your application.
A teaching statement (2 pages maximum) addressing your experience, philosophy, and pedagogical approaches. Please detail teaching experience, innovations and, if available, past assessments or evidence of teaching and mentoring effectiveness. Address how you could teach undergraduate courses in Earth Science, as well as on topics that would appeal to interdisciplinary Environmental Science or general undergraduate education. Please also include, if applicable, a discussion of your past, current, or future Earth Science Education scholarship.
A statement on your contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (2 pages maximum). Discuss experience or training relevant to teaching among and about diverse perspectives and backgrounds Provide specific examples of your ability to support the success of individuals identifying with minoritized groups in higher education. Please also discuss your intended future growth in and contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion in SoE and at WSU or beyond.
The names and contact information of three (3) professional references able to provide a letter addressing qualifications relative to this position. References will not be contacted without first informing the candidate.
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Washington State University is a public research university committed to its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society. Washington State College was established in 1890 as a land-grant institution. It has become a distinguished public research university, but its mission remains rooted in accessibility and public service.For more than 130 years, we have strived to unlock possibilities by empowering students, faculty, and others to create a world where all people can thrive.In that spirit, our community welcomes scholars from around the globe and prioritizes equitable opportunities for all.