Assistant Professor – Vertebrate Behavioral Ecologist

The Department of Biology at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Behavioral Ecology starting in August 2017. The Department of Biology is a vibrant, growing department with 52 full-time faculty, nearly 1,000 majors and 17 master’s students. The department emphasizes student engagement and integrating teaching and scholarship through independent and course-embedded lab and field research. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. For more information about the department, please visit their website at

James Madison University is a large primarily undergraduate university situated in a diverse community in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

Duties and Responsibilities: Anticipated teaching responsibilities include the introductory-level ecology and evolution course and an upper-level/graduate course in the successful candidate’s specialty.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a relevant field is required and post-doctoral experience is preferred. Candidates must show evidence of excellence and a commitment to undergraduate teaching and the potential to establish a productive, independently funded research program involving undergraduate and master’s students. Laboratory space and start-up funds will be provided and collaboration within the department and college is encouraged. Research emphasizing birds, fish or large mammals is preferred. The department has its own fleet of shared field vehicles and field equipment that is available for faculty use in both research and teaching.

Pay Rate: Commensurate with experience

Special Instructions: To apply go to, reference posting number 0407722, submit the faculty profile and upload a cover letter (2 pages maximum), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of scholarly interests as Other Document #1 and the names and contact information of three professional references.