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University of California Davis


Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences University of California Davis

The Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Teaching (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE)). Professors of Teaching are relatively new at UC Davis. These positions are comparable to tenure-track assistant professor appointments with full Academic Senate faculty membership. However, unlike other faculty positions, Professors of Teaching have expertise and responsibilities that instead center on undergraduate education and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods.

The appointee may be required to teach up to six undergraduate courses per year (2 per quarter in a 3 quarter system) in departmental undergraduate curricula as assigned by the department chair. Accordingly, these positions are ideal for those who thrive on teaching, aspire to do so at an R1 university, and wish to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning, develop new pedagogical initiatives, support student internships, and establish a successful discipline-based educational research program.

The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching both lower and upper division undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses with 4-6 courses per year (on a quarter system; 1-2 courses per quarter). Courses may include WFC 10 (Wildlife Ecology and Conservation), WFC 50 (Natural History of California’s Wild Vertebrates), BIS 2B (Introduction to Biology: Principles of Ecology & Evolution) and up to 3 other courses to be determined in consultation with the chair and pending the candidate’s background and interests. The successful applicant will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, work with other faculty to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives, support student internships in the department, and develop a successful discipline-based educational research program. Qualified applicants must have a PhD in Biological Sciences or related disciplines relevant to the field of wildlife, fish & conservation biology, preferably with postgraduate experience.

Other preferred qualifications include documented success in some or all of the following areas: teaching large undergraduate classes, experiential learning, use of evidence-based teaching practices, use of modern instructional technology including virtual models, ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations, experience conducting education research, as consistent with a successful discipline-based education research program. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Closing date: open until filled, but all application materials must be received by October 24, 2019 to be assured full consideration. Applicants should submit materials online at:

For more information on this position and UC Davis in general, please visit the following web site: or contact the search committee chair, Professor John Eadie, at or (530) 754-0145.


Open date: September 12th, 2019

Next review date: Thursday, Oct 24, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research - Not to exceed two pages

  • Statement of Teaching - Not to exceed four pages

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 letters of reference required


Davis, CA

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies, and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work‐ life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is a U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis-- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

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