Now hiring in the Odum School of Ecology: faculty member to oversee instructional labs


Applications should be received by October 22, 2018 to ensure full consideration. Anticipated start date is February 2019 or later.


The Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a 12-month full time Academic Professional (non-tenure track faculty) to develop, coordinate, supervise and teach undergraduate laboratory courses in Ecology.

We seek candidates who are passionate about quality undergraduate education and who can contribute to the mentoring of graduate student instructors. Applicants must show evidence of excellence in teaching, an ability to mentor student instructors in teaching, evidence of strong collaborative skills, and excellent organizational skills. To apply, candidates must have a PhD or terminal degree in ecology or a related field, such as biology, environmental science, or science education.

The position fills significant instructional and administrative roles in Ecology, requiring experience in research methods in ecology, teaching skills, organizational skills, and a collaborative work ethic. Responsibilities include developing and revising instructional activities in ecology to be used in the laboratory program; planning, directing and teaching preparation sessions; oversight of instruments, supplies and laboratory teaching spaces; analysis of institutional and scientific data; and interacting with other faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates relative to the laboratory program.

The Academic Professional will oversee the activities and training of graduate student teaching assistants, assign graduate students to introductory ecology courses, coordinate laboratory safety and first-aid training, and support graduate student teaching assistants in cases of potential Academic Honesty violation. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and update a graduate teaching assistant manual, and evaluate student instructional performance. Other duties may include teaching summer courses in introductory ecology, and periodically instructing introductory laboratory sections during the academic year.

How to Apply

To apply, candidates should submit applications electronically at Applicants should submit, in PDF format, the following items:

  • cover letter indicating career goals,
  • curriculum vitae,
  • 2-page statement of teaching philosophy and experiences regarding undergraduate instruction and mentoring, and
  •  name and contact information (address, email and phone) for three professional references who can address the candidate’s qualifications.
  • (optional) A separate file withevidence in support of teaching excellence can also be submitted, but should be limited to 10 pages (items could include course syllabi, letters from students taught, peer teaching evaluations,or excerpts from student evaluations). This optional file can be sent to Leslie Sitz at with the subject line: “Ecology: Academic Professional – Optional Documents”.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.