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Myra N. Williams, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar in Marine Conservation Biology, Associate/Full Professor

Fort Myers, Florida
Closing date
Feb 24, 2023

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Conservation science
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Myra N. Williams, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar in Marine Conservation Biology, Associate/Full Professor


Job Summary

The Water School at FGCU ( is hiring 9 faculty for Fall 2023 across a range of disciplines related to water and the environment. The Water School is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together faculty from five colleges and schools representing 15 departments to focus on the environmental, economic, and human dimensions of coastal resilience, ecosystem integrity, health and wellbeing, and restoration and remediation.


This appointment will be made at the rank of Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Marine and Earth Sciences.


The Water School encourages nominations for and applications from qualified individuals with research and teaching interests in Marine Conservation Biology. This Eminent Scholar position offers a highly competitive salary and generous start up package, including recurring funding to support scholarship activities.


The successful candidate is expected to address pressing management issues in the region such as the degradation and loss of essential offshore and nearshore habitats. Areas of specific teaching and research interests might include connecting socioeconomics to restoration decisions, integrating the use of comprehensive ecosystem plans in conservation and management, or evaluating changes in marine ecosystem services as a result of climate change. Applicants will be expected to collaborate with faculty members within The Water School and work with coastal resource managers and decision-makers, community stakeholders, and restoration practitioners to advance recommendations for marine resource conservation or restoration. Because this appointment will be made at the rank of Professor and Eminent scholar, the successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of collaboration with other scholars and especially the mentorship of junior faculty in the development of their own research agendas.


With an enrollment of 16,000 students, FGCU has a main campus of 800 acres with LEED-certified buildings and 400 acres of protected habitat. The university's award-winning initiatives in education, energy production, research, and sustainable practices make us one of the nation's greenest campuses. FGCU is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, known for its beaches, resorts, nature preserves, and outdoor recreation. Located between the cities of Fort Myers and Naples, FGCU is just two hours by car from the major cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Miami, and 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport. The region is surrounded by water—important estuaries to the north, Lake Okeechobee to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay to the south—providing an unparalleled setting to study all facets of water and environmental issues.


FGCU launched The Water School on World Water Day in 2019, sending a message that the University and the State of Florida were making a significant investment in water and the environment in Southwest Florida. By bringing together faculty and staff from across the university, The Water School is addressing pressing issues of regional concern by developing sustainable solutions to ensure that future generations inherit a Southwest Florida that is full of opportunity and is renowned for its quality of life.


Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to establishing and maintaining an inclusive working and learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of the campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview.


At FGCU, we collectively stand against any individual or group that practices any form of racism, discrimination, intolerance, hate expressions, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, family statuses, and military backgrounds. FGCU strives to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our University stronger. The University community recognizes the importance of a diverse and inclusive institution and holds these ideals as paramount for the current and future success of the institution.


We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position as we believe that our University will grow and move forward through a commitment of equality for all.


Job Description


Typical duties may include but are not limited to:


• Develop and maintain an independent and productive research program that also involves students.

• Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as appropriate, in research.

• Acquire external funding to support research program, including students.

• Demonstrate quality of research through peer-review.

• Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.

• Collaborate with other faculty to develop/revise curriculum.

• Stay current with new developments in field of instruction and maintain disciplinary skills through professional development activities appropriate to higher education faculty.

• Actively serve on university committees and participate in institutional meetings.

• Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


Additional Job Description


Required Qualifications


• Ph.D. in Conservation Biology, Fisheries Science, Marine Biology, Biological Oceanography, or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation.

• Evidence of an excellent scholarly record (publications and funding) related to marine conservation biology.

• Must meet university criteria for appointment at the rank of Associate/Full Professor.


Preferred Qualifications


• Strong research agenda and excellent research productivity in the field of marine conversation biology.

• Preferred candidates are those whose research and teaching experience and interests align with the programs and mission of The Water School.

• Interdisciplinary teaching and research perspective with well-defined research goals. Willingness to engage in service opportunities commensurate with career maturity.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


• Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline, including grant writing.

• Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and involve students in research.

• Ability to mentor students in research with the students' learning and training in mind.

• Familiarity with and use of diverse and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.

• Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, civil, and inclusive learning and working environment.


Special Instructions to Applicants


Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2023.


Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida's Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore, all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.


Under Florida's Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.


Required Application Materials:


• Unofficial Transcripts

• Statement of Teaching Philosophy

• Curriculum Vitae

• Cover Letter

• Statement of Research

• Five (5) Professional References


The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by November 27, 2022 will receive priority consideration.


Salary commensurate with education and experience


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