Assistant Professor Urban Ecology

84408, Ogden
Oct 12, 2017
Dec 11, 2017
Biology, Ecology
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

The Department of Zoology at Weber State University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Urban Ecology starting Fall, 2018. Ecologists whose work focuses at any level -from organisms through ecosystems- and with expertise in either aquatic or terrestrial systems are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be appointed at the Assistant Professor level and will be expected to 1) teach upper and lower division lecture and laboratory courses in his/her area(s) of expertise (e.g. Ecology and Introductory Zoology), 2) establish an active and sustained research program that includes mentoring undergraduate students; 3) seek external funding in support of teaching or research; and, 4) establish collaborations with colleagues in the College of Science and throughout the University.  We are especially interested in applicants with expertise in urban/suburban ecosystems.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Ph.D. in Ecology, Zoology, or related field. Candidates who expect to complete a Ph.D. by the beginning of the Fall 2018 semester also will be considered.

- Teaching experience in Ecology, Zoology, or related field.
- Evidence of teaching excellence and interest in using innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- A demonstrated commitment to conducting high-quality research and to mentoring undergraduate researchers.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Postdoctoral and/or GIS experience.
- Interest or experience integrating research or other high-impact practices into classroom instruction. 
- Experience teaching or mentoring students from underserved populations.
- Experience in collaborative research with on-campus colleagues and/or off-campus entities and organizations.
- Ability to forge connections along and across disciplinary interfaces to address opportunities and challenges of Urban Ecology.
- Ecological outreach experience involving citizen scientists, K-12 schools, NGOs, etc.

To apply, please complete the online faculty/staff data form at and attach the following documents:  
1) Cover letter,
2) Statement of teaching philosophy, 
3) Statement of research plans (other document 1), 
4) CV, 
5) Unofficial transcripts. 

In addition, arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be emailed separately by the authors to the Department of Zoology at this address: using "Urban Ecologist search" in the subject line.

Completed applications received by 30 November 2017 will receive highest priority and review of applicants will proceed immediately thereafter. Screening will continue until the position is filled. 

Criminal background check required as a condition of employment.


Additional information about employment, benefits, and salaries at WSU is available at

Weber State University is a primarily undergraduate institution located at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Ogden, Utah.  For more than five decades, the institution has successfully maintained a dual mission by offering a wide range of baccalaureate programs and also by meeting regional community college needs.  The Department of Zoology embraces both missions through its programs (see, and occupies modern labs and classrooms in the Tracy Hall Science Center that opened in Fall, 2016. Ogden is a beautiful city with a rich culture and history, and is located 45 minutes from Salt Lake City and its international airport.  An average of 223 sunny days a year and immediate access to skiing, biking, camping, hiking, and fishing make it an outdoor paradise. More information about the Ogden area may be found at