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New ECo Lecturer and Assistant Professor Positions Announced

Posted: November 4th, 2014

Lecturer and Program Management

Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts Amherst

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts Amherst (http://eco.umass.edu/) seeks applications for a full-time (9-month academic-year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Renewable Energy & Sustainability. The initial appointment will be for two years but is renewable based on performance and program need.

The position will emphasize undergraduate teaching utilizing team-based learning strategies and program management. Candidates should care deeply about undergraduate education, and be a teacher, mentor, and scientist whose interests are broad and support the pedagogy that allows students to gain the ability to analyze and solve environmental problems. Teaching responsibilities include: developing and implementing two 1-credit undergraduate seminars, developing and teaching a new introductory course in Sustainable Energy, an upper level course in Environmental Leadership, and two additional courses focused on renewable energy systems and energy politics policy. Program management responsibilities will include: advising students; coordinating student advising by faculty; recruiting students; coordinating course scheduling; managing program information and website; maintaining student academic record files; interacting with honors program and Registrar’s Office to manage degree requirements; and organizing and maintaining information for majors concerning scholarships, internships and job opportunities. Work outside of regular hours (2-3 times per semester) is required to assist with Campus Open House activities; summer advising and teaching opportunities may be available.

Candidates must have an M.S., and preferably a Ph.D., in a field closely related to renewable energy and sustainability, addressing the interdisciplinary implications of energy supply and use from their economic, policy, planning and environmental aspects; evidence of excellence in teaching, especially with active and student-centered learning pedagogies; and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations/students. Individuals should have experience in academic program development and administration, and teaching, research, and service that is related to the field of Sustainability Science and low carbon energy, preferably focused on the implications of energy supply and use from economic, social, planning and environmental aspects. A candidate must demonstrate excellence in written and verbal communication.

Successful applicants will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department. The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body.

APPLICATION: Earliest start date is January 18, 2015. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references. Materials should be submitted online to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=54302

Specific questions about this search can be directed to:
Timothy Randhir, Chair (randhir@eco.umass.edu)

The University is part of the 5-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are 2 hours from Boston and 3 hours from New York City.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

 

 


 

Assistant Professor – Population/Statistical Ecology

Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts

 

The Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking talented applicants qualified for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level, Population/Statistical Ecology. Earliest appointment date is September 1, 2015.  Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at ranks above assistant professor may receive consideration. Candidates should care deeply about undergraduate and graduate education, and be a teacher, mentor, and scientist. The candidate is expected to develop independent and collaborative research programs that compete successfully for funding from state, federal and non-governmental organizations; build departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations with Environmental Conservation and Organismic & Evolutionary Biology graduate programs; and develop an innovative teaching program that incorporates new initiatives in teaching and learning. Teaching responsibilities include: 1) undergraduate Statistics for Life Sciences general education course taught using Team Based Learning methods, 2) graduate-level course in Population and Community Ecology, and 3) graduate-level course in Statistical Ecology designed to contribute to an existing graduate-level sequence of courses in the design and analysis of ecological data. Successful applicants will serve, as do all other faculty, as a mentor to minorities and other underrepresented groups within the Department.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst places special emphases on faculty-student interaction and a commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body. Successful applicants will be expected to supervise graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels.

The focus of this position is population and statistical ecology with an emphasis on applying modern statistical modeling approaches to the study of population dynamics and species-environment relationships with an emphasis on, but not limited to, land use/climate change impacts on terrestrial vertebrates. This person might have expertise in analysis of temporal and spatial population data, demographic modeling/metapopulation dynamics, quantification of spatial synchrony, modeling dispersion across the landscape, survival analysis and other related statistical techniques and will be encouraged to work with colleagues in the department to seek competitive funding on topics of mutual interest. The applicant should demonstrate: 1) effective collaborations with other ecologists on diverse ecological systems in which theoretical ideas are tested in a real-world context; 2) strength in the design and statistical analysis of ecological data; 3) ability to establish close collaborations with state, federal, and NGO conservation agencies; 4) potential to attract external funding; and 5) excellence in written and verbal communication. Previous teaching experience at a university level is desirable. A doctoral degree in ecology or closely related field is required.

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching goals, and the names, addresses and contact information of three references to:

http://umass.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=54412

Search questions can be addressed to:     Kevin McGarigal, Chair, (413) 577-0655 or mcgarigalk@eco.umass.edu.  Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of January 5, 2015 to ensure consideration.

The Department of Environmental Conservation hosts a multi-disciplinary group of faculty with nationally ranked programs in Fish and Wildlife Conservation Biology, Forestry and Arboriculture, Water Resources Conservation, and Building and Construction Technology. Collaborative and close working relationships with the U. S. Forest Service, U. S. Geological Survey, and U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service are well established within the department, on campus, and in the area. Unifying themes across these programs include conservation of natural resources and energy and reconciliation of humans with the natural environment. We place special emphases on faculty-student interaction, interdisciplinary activities, and cooperation among faculty, and we share a fundamental commitment to teach and attract a diverse student body. The University is part of the Five-College Consortium in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, with excellent social, cultural, and recreational amenities in a town and rural setting. We are two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.