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Assistant Professor in Wetland and Watershed Management - Biology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

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Position type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The Department of Biology at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) seeks a full-time tenure-track faculty member who specializes in the area of wetland ecology and watershed management to join our department beginning August 6, 2021.The position is defined broadly, but preference will be given to candidates with expertise in wetland delineation, mitigation or restoration, and watershed management in urban, rural or wildland areas.

The university encourages interdisciplinary research efforts with other majors, minors, and emphasis areas. Examples of potential future relationships within GVSU include collaboration with the Annis Water Resources Institute and Geography and Sustainable Planning, Geology, Environmental Studies, and Sociology majors.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations, and candidates working in emerging fields that can contribute to diversifying the expertise in our department.

Required Qualifications and Education
• Ph.D. in Natural Resources Management, Wetland Science, or related field from an accredited university; ABD candidates will be considered for a two-year contract with provisions that the Ph.D. must be completed by December 2022.
• Experience and/or willingness to teach high-quality, engaging online courses;
• A commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in teaching, scholarship, and service.


Preferred Qualifications and Education
• Faculty expertise may be diverse although we encourage candidates whose research includes wetland delineation, mitigation or restoration, and watershed management in urban, rural or wildland areas.
• Record or commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and community engagement that involves marginalized populations, environmental justice, or other relevant issues of today.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated success in supporting diversity through inclusive student-centered teaching, research, service, and student mentoring of underrepresented demographics in the sciences.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions
Teaching responsibilities may include Watershed and Wetland Management, Introduction to Natural Resources Management, Principles of Soil Science, and Trends in Natural Resources (capstone). Other essential responsibilities include active engagement in research, undergraduate student advising, and academic and community service. Other responsibilities may include teaching or development of other courses that will enhance our undergraduate and graduate programs, and graduate student advising.

The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit

The Natural Resources Management Program is a degree granting program within the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University that prepares students to care for the land- and water-based ecosystems of Michigan and beyond, and to serve the people whose well-being depends on these resources. Students gain skills and knowledge of environmental stewardship through hands-on, experiential learning in indoor and outdoor field-based classes. NRM students learn how to apply scientific knowledge to address environmental issues related to ecology, conservation, and sustainability. See our website at for more information.

The Biology Department at Grand Valley State University places an emphasis on teaching excellence using inclusive pedagogies, active scholarship with diverse learners, and equitable service to the university and community. Its 42 full-time faculty uphold the values of a liberal education while providing intensive engagement in the biological sciences. High impact field and lab experiences and community collaboration are hallmarks of our relevant, interdisciplinary curriculum. There are numerous collaborative opportunities for faculty and students across a wide group of partners within the department, across campus and in the community.

The Biology Department offers a Master’s degree in Biology, with opportunities for thesis research in a breadth of areas including population genetics, organismal biology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and natural resources. In addition, the department has thriving undergraduate majors and minors in Biology (with emphases in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Pre-Veterinarian and Secondary Education) and Natural Resource Management, and potential new majors in Wildlife Biology and in Fisheries and Aquatic Science to begin in Fall 2021. The department offers a variety of courses in support of the General Education program and associated majors across the university. Biology Department faculty engage in both undergraduate and graduate research, and have important regional, national and international collaborations that support scholarly success. The department has a close partnership with the Annis Water Resources Institute, in support of research and education in the aquatic sciences ( The Biology Department is housed in the new Kindschi Hall of Science, and is well-equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a vivarium, aquarium and microscopy room. Currently, our department has approximately 40 graduate students, 660 undergraduate majors and 280 minors. For more information, see our web site at or call (616) 331-2470.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Allendale, Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities, and is located in easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at

How To Apply
Apply online at and select "Apply now". A complete application must include (1) a cover letter describing the motivation to teach at GVSU and your qualifications for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) teaching philosophy statement that highlights your experience with student-centered teaching/learning techniques as well as applied methods to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, (4) research statement, (5) a statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching, scholarship, and service. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. On the application, you will be required to provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. If you have questions regarding this position, contact Dr. Todd Aschenbach at 616-331-3097 or

Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on February 1 , 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall,, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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