Assistant Professor in Biology (Vertebrate Biology)

Position ID: 43703
Location
Institution: 
Georgia College and State University
College/Div/School: 
Arts & Sciences
Department: 
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Position Description
New Position?: 
Yes
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
Job Description: 

 

Position Information
Business Title Assistant Professor of Biology (Vertebrate Biology)
Home Department Biological & Environmental Sciences
Employment Type Tenure Track Faculty
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Appointment Faculty (10-month)
Time Limited? No
Time-Limited Appointment Length Not Applicable
Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend or evening events.

Travel Required? N
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

There are two undergraduate majors within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We currently have 26 full time faculty in the department with about 420 undergraduate biology majors, 100 environmental science majors, and an M.S. program in biology with approximately 30 students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees.

Georgia College & State University is a member institution of the University System of Georgia and is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. A member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), Georgia College enrolls approximately 7,000 undergraduate and graduate students and is prominently cited for educational excellence in a number of leading publications. The university’s beautiful and historic campus is located in Milledgeville, which was the mid-nineteenth century capital of Georgia and is very near the geographic center of the state.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

Primary teaching responsibility will be Herpetology and Vertebrate Zoology, with other teaching opportunities including core curriculum and lower level biology courses for majors as well as upper level and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Teaching responsibilities will include 12 contact hours/semester. The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program.

Knowledge/Skills and Abilities:
• Ability to teach introductory biology courses, and contribute to the core curriculum and upper division courses in area of specialization (e.g. field based herpetology and vertebrate biology).
• Ability to engage undergraduates and graduates in research.
• Ability to work collegially and effectively with university students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community.
• Demonstrable ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties
Key Function Faculty - Teaching/Instructing
Job duties performed for the above function

Primary teaching responsibility will be Herpetology and Vertebrate Zoology, with other teaching opportunities including core curriculum and lower level biology courses for majors as well as upper level and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise.

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

This faculty member will also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties
Key Function Faculty - Professional Development
Job duties performed for the above function

– Publications (editing, citations)
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress
– Grants received or applied for
– Membership and participation in professional organizations 
– Other professional service or development activities

Key Functions and Related Job Duties
Key Function Faculty - Service to Institution
Job duties performed for the above function

– Committee memberships and offices
– Programs directed and advised
– Participation in special programs or projects 
– Other service in the institution

All faculty are expected to support the advancement of the department, college and university mission by providing service to the institution. Service may be at the department, college, university, community and disciplinary level. Duties include service on college-level and university-level committees, advising students regarding career options, and support of department-level outreach activities.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties
Key Function Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity
Job duties performed for the above function

The candidate will have the opportunity to develop an independent research program.
– Publications (editing, citations)
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress

Produce original research such as peer-reviewed journal articles, proceedings, and book chapters related to the discipline.

Other Duties and Responsibilities
Other Duties and Responsibilities

All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

This faculty member will also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Background Check Statement

Georgia College conducts job-related background checks on final candidates in order to ensure a safe and secure work environment. All employment offers will be contingent upon the successful completion of applicable background screenings which include, but are not limited to criminal history, motor vehicle report, credit history, drug and alcohol screening.

Minimum Requirements
Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

• Ph.D. preferred (ABD with Ph.D. completed within the first year of service will be considered) in Biological Sciences or related field.
• Research experience (demonstrated by publication record).
• Undergraduate teaching experience.
• Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 (www.sacscoc.org (faculty credentials))

Preferences
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

• We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach field-based herpetology and vertebrate zoology.
• Ability to teach graduate/undergraduate level vertebrate paleontology and graduate level evolutionary mechanism classes is a plus.
• At least one year of experience teaching college-level courses.
• The department is especially interested in candidates whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Posting Detail Information
Posting Number F0261
Desired Start Date 01/01/2020
Open Date 07/15/2019
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

A position start date of 1 January 2020 is desired, but will consider a start date of 1 August 2020.

Review of applications will begin on 15 September 2019.

Please use “Other” to upload your research statement.

Successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and/or research collections of the William P. Wall Museum of Natural History (https://www.gcsu.edu/nhm).

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Degree Levels: 
Doctorate
Position Type: 
Faculty
Dates
Application Deadline: 
Position Starting Date: 
Status
Vacancy Status: 
ACTIVE

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