University of La Verne: Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Biology

The College of Arts and Sciences aims to provide broad access and transformative learning that leads to life and community success. The core of our model for transformative learning is a teacher - scholar model and the La Verne Experience, a University-wide initiative that integrates evidenced based curricular pedagogies, co-curricular activities, and community engagement. As a holistic educational approach, the La Verne Experience focuses on Learning Communities, Theory-to-Practice, Experiential Learning, and Integrated Learning. Candidates will be expected to collaborate in departmental efforts with the La Verne Experience, including interdisciplinary approaches to education and innovative pedagogies.

The University of La Verne is a 125-year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with strong emphasis on teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts, and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. The University of La Verne has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Job Description Summary

The Department of Biology at the University of La Verne invites outstanding applicants to apply for the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Biology - a full-time, tenure-track or tenured position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The specific field of expertise in biology is open, although a focus on conservation, ecology, or another field of biology addressing modern environmental issues or the interaction between the environment and human health is highly desirable. The College of Arts and Science’s Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair is provided by the generosity and philanthropic support of the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching, including a strong desire to establish research projects that provide valuable learning opportunities for undergraduates. Candidates must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and research funding.

Specific Duties

The successful candidate will be expected to develop extramurally-funded research projects that include undergraduate students in primary data collection and/or analyses and will teach undergraduate courses in the life and health sciences curriculum. The ability to teach ecology, field and environmental biology, zoology, evolution, environmental health, scientific writing, and/or biostatistics is desirable. Workload also includes academic advising and committee work.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology with a focus in ecology, environmental health, evolutionary biology or related field, and academic credentials that merit the rank of associate or full professor. The preferred candidate will also have a history of active participation in professional development as evidenced by presentations and publications, and display a readiness to work closely with a diverse student body and faculty colleagues through innovative pedagogy, research, and service initiatives.

Preferred Qualifications

The candidate will exhibit the leadership abilities necessary to expand our distinctive, interdisciplinary, and increasingly health-oriented initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of La Verne is in close proximity to a remarkably diverse array of ecological communities in the San Gabriel Mountains, Pacific Coast, and Mojave Desert that provide additional field research opportunities.

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last updated 24-Jan-2017