Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Zoology

California State University Stanislaus

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in vertebrate zoology, with expertise in ornithology or mammalogy. This position is part of a cluster hire of four tenure-track positions in the Department of Biological Sciences that aims to enhance the Department’s core strengths in the biological sciences, expand our emphasis in computational and quantitative methods, and further develop our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in our teaching, scholarship, and service to the University and local community. Stanislaus State is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-generation college students, renowned for fostering student social mobility in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
The person appointed to this position will teach undergraduate courses for biology majors that will include Mammalogy and/or Ornithology and General Biology. Other assigned courses may include Conservation Biology, Biogeography, Scientific Writing, and graduate level courses in the M.S. in Biological Sciences. We welcome and encourage the development of new upper division and graduate courses in the applicant’s areas of expertise. The typical teaching load includes multiple lecture and lab courses each semester, as well as student advising and mentorship.
The person appointed to this position will be expected to develop an active research program within the context of a primarily-undergraduate institution. Individuals using empirical or theoretical approaches and with a strong background in experimental design and analytical approaches are encouraged to apply. College of Science faculty take advantage of internal Department and University funding, extramural grant funding, and University funding for students who are collaborating with faculty. The M.S. in Biological Sciences offers additional opportunities for research mentorship and collaboration.
Effective teaching, scholarly productivity, and service to the University are required for retention, promotion, and tenure, and the department strongly encourages contributions in all these areas that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice as integral and valued parts of professional activity. As a University and Department that highly value student success, commitment to effective teaching is considered the most important criterion for hiring, retention, and promotion. The Department also requires evidence of productive research activity, and defines research to include all activities that contribute to advancing scientific knowledge and the scientific process within the life sciences, as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning. Candidates must show evidence of growth and improvement as an educator through development of practices that directly meet the needs and challenges facing the diverse study body of the university through culturally responsive and inclusive practices.
This position is contingent upon the availability of authorized funding. This is an academic year appointment. However, opportunities exist for an additional summer session appointment.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
· Doctoral degree in the biological sciences or a related field.
· Scholarship, professional engagement, and expertise in vertebrate zoology.

· Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a diverse student population, including firstā€generation college students.
· Ability and willingness to promote student success through mentorship, advising, research, service, and other high impact practices.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
· Scholarship, professional engagement, and expertise in vertebrate zoology.
· Commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching of a diverse student population, including firstā€generation college students.
· Ability and willingness to promote student success through mentorship, advising, research, service, and other high impact practices.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
· College teaching experience in the biological sciences.
· Post-doctoral research experience.
· A strong record of advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in educational or academic contexts.
HOW TO APPLY & DEADLINE:
A complete application must include:
1. An application letter of up to 500 words, specifically addressing the position description and qualifications.
2. A professional curriculum vitae.
3. The names and contact information of three references. (Three letters of recommendation will be required of finalists for the position).
4. A teaching statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your teaching philosophy, teaching-related activities and accomplishments, and interest and plans for teaching at Stanislaus State.
5. A diversity statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within higher education and STEM fields; your specific professional experiences navigating issues of power and privilege and advocating for justice; and your ideas for advancing DEI in ways that promote the success of our students and community.
6. A research statement of up to 1000 words (excluding captions and references) that describes your research and scholarly interests, your research-related activities, and your plans for research within the context of a primarily undergraduate institution.
7. Unofficial copies of graduate school transcripts. Official transcripts will be required at the time of hire.


To apply for this position, please click the "Apply Now" button on this page.
If you have questions regarding the position, please contact:
Dr. Andrew Gardner, Interim Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Stanislaus State
1 University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382
agardner1@csustan.edu
Screening of completed application files will begin on November 15, 2021. This appointment begins on August 17, 2022.
An application must include a statement of your demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds in addition to any other required documents as indicated above.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS:
CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/.
COMPENSATION:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.  As a member of the 23-campus CSU System, we offer an extremely competitive benefits package.