The Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture (WFA) has ~30 faculty, ~60 graduate students, and 7 administrative support staff (excluding professional extension and research support personnel). The Department has extensive extension, research, education and service programs in wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture. For additional information see http://msucares.com/wildfish/index.html and http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife/index.asp
Area of Specialization:
Coordinator for Conservation and Distance Education
Anticipated Appointment Date:
August 16, 2019
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
We seek a faculty candidate with experience as a Science Educator, Biologist, Environmental Scientist, Conservation Biologist or Wildlife Ecologist to develop, evaluate, and manage a new non-thesis, distance master’s program in conservation education. The purpose of the program is to equip students for conservation education careers that reach and teach diverse audiences with meaningful, science-based education about nature and natural systems. The curricula will focus on development, delivery and evaluation of non-formal, conservation education programs mixed with an applied ecology background.
Essential duties include:
• Develop curriculum and identify course needs of the Conservation Education M.S. program.
• Teach online graduate/undergraduate courses in conservation education & environmental and natural resources-related sciences
• Advise and recruit students into the M.S. Program
• Assist WFA faculty with the transition of existing WFA courses to online format
• Engage in M.S. program administration, development, outreach, website design and evaluation
• Oversee the capstone course project and respective internships
• Facilitate interaction between students and prospective job opportunities.
• Fulfill any application and reporting procedures to support accreditation of the program.
• Participate in faculty meetings, professional development, departmental committees, and other activities associated with faculty membership and departmental teaching and service.
The person in this position will have a Doctoral Degree in one of the following areas including environmental sciences, biology, extension, wildlife biology, or related natural resources field.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Preference will be given to applicants with the following skill sets:
• Experience in developing, delivering, and evaluating traditional formal and informal educational programs, as well as distance/online educational curricula.
• Administrative and leadership experience with nature-based education in formal and informal educational platforms.
• Experience collaborating with schools, community partners and governmental resource agencies.
• Ability to teach standards-based curriculum relevant to K-12 students.
• Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students.
Instructions for Applying:
Applications must be submitted online at http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and should include a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching statement and philosophy, 4)transcripts, and 5) programmatic vision statement how your past experience will build on existing departmental expertise or expand the department in new directions for online and in-person programming related to Conservation Education. NOTE: Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online and official transcripts will be required at the time of employment.
Additionally, send complete contact information for three references to:
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State, MS 39762
For more additional information, contact Dr. Leslie Burger at (662) 325-6686 or email at email@example.com
Position contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.