Assistant Professor - Avian Field Ecologist with Emphasis in Wildlife Conservation and Management

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Wilmington, North Carolina
Nov 10, 2020
Jan 09, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Assistant Professor - Avian Field Ecologist with Emphasis in Wildlife Conservation and Management

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is seeking a nine-month tenure-track Assistant Professor in Avian Field Ecology with emphasis in Wildlife Conservation and Management starting August 2021.

The successful candidate will be required to create and maintain a robust research agenda suited for the R2 status of UNCW. The position requires a research focus on applied avian community ecology leading to resource management and conservation.

This position carries a teaching load of three courses per semester and includes an opportunity for additional summer school teaching. Duties include teaching Avian Field Methods for Conservation (EVS 440/541), Community Environmental Ecology (EVS 435), and either Introduction to Environmental Sciences (EVS 195) or Global Environmental Issues (EVS 205). The candidate will have the opportunity to develop at least one course in their specialized area within their first year.

The selected candidate will be required to engage in departmental meetings, committees, and other acts of service to the department, college, university, and their profession. Community engagement, including, but not limited to, citizen science research is encouraged.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Candidates must have a doctoral degree, or equivalent, by the start of the Fall 2021 semester in Wildlife Ecology or Conservation, Environmental Science, or a closely related field.

Candidates must demonstrate the ability to generate externally funded research, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and maintain a strong commitment to teaching and working in an interdisciplinary academic context.

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Candidates with both practical and academic expertise are encouraged to apply.

Preference will be given to candidates who focus on the management and conservation of waterfowl, upland game birds, and/or waterbirds.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Environmental Sciences focuses upon the relationship between the social, physical, chemical, and biological aspects that influence both natural and built environments. The Department offers an interdisciplinary curriculum, drawing upon the resources of many related fields to provide the rigorous analyses necessary to understand environmental problems and formulate environmentally-sound solutions. Our curriculum inspires students to become active, informed, and engaged environmental stewards.

College/School Information
The College of Arts and Sciences is UNCW’s largest academic unit, employing 450 full-time and 150 part-time faculty members and awarding approximately two-thirds of the university’s academic credits. Ours is a comprehensive arts & sciences college comprising the arts, the humanities, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the social and behavioral sciences.

The College’s twenty-five units offer a variety of undergraduate majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Music, and the Bachelor of Science. The College also offers a full complement of minors, including interdisciplinary minors such as Africana studies, Asian studies, Forensic studies, Latin America studies, Middle East & Islamic studies, Native-American studies, and Women’s and Gender studies, among others. 

Applied learning is a hallmark of the student experience in the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the College’s departments requires an applied learning experience as a part of the curriculum for its undergraduate majors. Examples include faculty-directed research, internships, service learning, and capstone courses and projects, all of which challenge students to integrate various strands of knowledge and to apply that knowledge to broader, real-world or real disciplinary situations. Through applied learning, students in the College gain direct hands-on experience with the skills of their major fields as an essential part of their preparation for life and career.

In addition to its undergraduate major and minor programs, the College is chiefly responsible for the curriculum that comprises the UNCW’s University Studies Program, through which all UNCW undergraduates gain a foundation in the liberal arts and develop the transferable skills essential for life in the twenty-first century. The College strives in its undergraduate programs and in its University Study offerings to nurture creative thinking, intellectual curiosity, diversity and inclusion, and academic integrity in students while providing them with a solid foundation of knowledge in their chosen fields. Upon completion of their undergraduate studies, College of Arts and Sciences students will have the necessary preparation for rewarding careers, advanced study, effective citizenship, and meaningful lives.

Graduate degrees awarded in the College of Arts and Sciences include the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy (Marine Biology and Psychology). In addition, the nationally awarded Graduate Liberal Studies program offers a personalized curriculum of interdisciplinary study leading to the Master of Arts. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Applied Statistics, Environmental Studies, Forensic Science, Conflict Management and Resolution, Gender Studies and Hispanic Studies are available. Graduate programs in the College are designed to develop intellectual competence and to prepare the student for careers in business, industry, government, teaching or for further study at the doctoral level.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm December 6, 2020, the position closing date. To apply, please complete the online application process available at and attach the following materials as an Adobe PDF document including:

  1. Cover letter – letter of interest.
  2. Curriculum Vita
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Summary – Statement of Research Interests.
  5. Portfolio/Work Sample – example of peer-reviewed publication #1
  6. Portfolio/Work Sample 2 – example of peer-reviewed publication #2
  7. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion - statement that addresses how the candidate’s cultural, experiential, or academic background contributes to building an equitable, just, and diverse scholarly environment.

Note that letters of application without the requested components will not meet the application requirements.

Please note that a minimum of three professional references are required for all applications. References will be requested during the screening process. Please direct questions concerning the search to Dr. Rachael Urbanek, Chair, Avian Field Ecologist Search Committee, at For questions regarding the online application process, contact Ms. Jennifer Royal at

EEO Statement
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