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Temporary Instructor of Wildlife Ecology, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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College / VP Area: College of Ag & Natural Res
Work type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Entomology & Wildlife Ecology, Full Time

Position Details: The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks a Temporary Instructor of Wildlife Ecology to begin in August 2024. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months).  We are looking for an individual eager to work in a collaborative environment, with a strong desire to build upon their teaching strengths. The experience gained, mentorship received, and training opportunities offered are ideal for someone in pursuit of a teaching-centered faculty career.

The position is a one-year terminal appointment that is renewable for up to 3 years (based on departmental needs), with a start date of August 16, 2024. It includes full benefits.

Qualifications and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will have a MS or PhD in wildlife ecology or closely related discipline. Candidates must have both the educational background and a demonstrable ability to teach undergraduate courses in wildlife ecology and related subjects for majors and non-majors. Strengths in one or more of the following are desired: R, GIS, vertebrate taxonomy, or policy and administration.

The successful candidate will teach 12 credits per semester or equivalent, covering a variety of topics such as Wildlife Policy and Society, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Introduction to Quantitative Ecology, Population Ecology, Conservation Biology, Mammalogy, Ornithology, and/or GIS for Wildlife Conservation.

Candidates should be committed to high-quality instruction in a collaborative, hands-on learning environment. They should be able to work with students with diverse learning styles and backgrounds. Candidates should also have experience with using technology to foster student learning. They should be willing to collaborate with colleagues to advance student outcomes.

General Information: The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources has 12 faculty and 18 affiliated faculty. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic environment while providing an engaging and rigorous education for our undergraduate and graduate students.  Our wildlife curriculum maintains and expands upon the core courses expected of a wildlife program and prepares our students for a career in wildlife conservation and management. The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology offers two BS degrees: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, and Insect Ecology and Conservation; a 4+1 in Insect and Wildlife Environmental Education; two MS degrees: Entomology or Wildlife Ecology; and one PHD degree:  Entomology and Wildlife Ecology.  The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation major has the second largest undergraduate enrollment in the college (approximately 200 majors). Class sizes range from approximately 30-35 students in upper-level major requirements to 200 students in introductory courses. An informational video about the wildlife ecology major can be seen here.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) is a dynamic, innovative academic unit with more than 1,100 undergraduate and graduate students and ~90 faculty, who are nationally and internationally recognized leaders across multiple disciplines. As the Land Grant arm of the university, CANR combines research, teaching, extension, and community engagement to better serve the state, region, and the world.

With roots tracing back to 1743, the University of Delaware combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage and the latest instructional and research technology. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with diversity as one of its core values and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, minorities, and people with disabilities.  The University of Delaware is the recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant, focused on enhancing the university's climate for women and underrepresented minority faculty.  Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is a Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant, and Carnegie Research University (with very high research activity, a designation accorded to fewer than 3% of degree-granting institutions in the U.S.), and with external funding exceeding $200 million. The University is a state-assisted, privately governed institution that enrolls approximately 18,000 undergraduates and 4,500 graduate students.

To Apply: Review of applications will begin February 15, 2024. Applicants should upload the following materials: a cover letter that conveys the candidate’s qualifications for the position, teaching record; a statement of teaching philosophy including examples of your commitment to diversity and inclusion (two page limit); a current curriculum vitae; and contact information for three references. Letters of reference will be requested for finalists; at least one of these recommenders should be a person with direct knowledge of the candidate’s potential as an instructor. For additional information, contact Dr. Kyle McCarthy, Chair of the Search Committee, at 

Salary and Benefits: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package is one of the best in the nation.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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