Careers in the Plant Sciences

Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Biology/Ecology

Paul Smith's College - Paul Smiths, New York, United States

Position Title: Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Biology/Ecology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Professor
Application Review Begins: Monday, November 25, 2019
Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
Institution: Paul Smith's College
Department/Division: Natural Science
Field (e.g., systematics): Biology/Ecology
City: Paul Smiths, New York, United States
General Information: Paul Smith’s College is a small, private baccalaureate and associate degree granting institution located on a 170 acre campus adjacent to Lower St. Regis Lake in the 6 million acre Adirondack Park of northern New York State. In addition, the college owns 14,400 acres of adjacent lands composed of forest and lakes. The College is committed to providing all students with an outstanding undergraduate experience through engaged teaching, experiential learning, and personal attention. All students’ education culminates in a senior capstone project.

Five academic departments, including the Department of Natural Sciences and Department of Forestry, prepare nearly 800 full-time students for careers. Academic programs provide extensive “hands-on” laboratory and field experience. The position is within the Natural Science department which comprises eleven full-time faculty delivering five baccalaureate programs: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Ecological Restoration and Human Health & the Environment. Faculty in the Natural Science Department work with the Forestry Department which comprises nine faculty and associates and baccalaureate programs in Forestry and Arboriculture.
Qualifications/Requirements: Minimum qualifications
The ideal candidate will have training in botany or related fields, a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level where faculty provide personal guidance to undergraduate students, the capacity to teach a variety of courses, a strong research interest in plant biology applicable to the region, and demonstrated record of professional involvement with his/her community. Therefore, candidates for this position must have (1) a Ph.D. in botany or a related field, (2) documentation of effectively providing personalized, experiential learning at the undergraduate level, (3) a record of productive research, and (4) a record of community outreach within his/her field.

Preferred qualifications:
Paul Smith’s College particularly seeks candidates who have experience teaching at a small liberal arts college and have successfully delivered introductory and advanced courses in biological science. Candidates should have the capacity and interest to develop and teach courses that meet the needs of students in a spectrum of programs related to the environment, including forestry, ecological restoration, natural resources management and conservation, environmental science and biology. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in facilitating career success of students through developmental advising and involvement in professional societies.
Responsibilities: The Department of Natural Sciences of Paul Smith’s College invites applicants for a full-time faculty appointment as Assistant/Associate Professor of Plant Biology/Ecology. The position starts in fall of 2020 and will support our baccalaureate degrees in Biology, Environmental Science, Fisheries & Wildlife Science, Forestry, and Natural Resource Conservation & Management. The successful candidate will teach General Ecology lecture and labs and may also teach Plant Biology, Flora of Northeast North America, Plant Physiology, Wetlands, or Mycology. Teaching may include developing online courses and teaching senior capstone courses. Other expectations include involvement in undergraduate research and outreach. Research and outreach is facilitated by the fact that the college is the only baccalaureate granting institution within the 6 million acre Adirondack Park and is in immediate proximity to a diversity of ecosystems and land use designations.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): To Apply:

Please submit an online application by visiting Include a cover letter explaining how their qualifications and experiences meet the stated expectations of the position, a statement of his/her teaching philosophy, a current resume and contact information for at least three professional references. Applications accepted until 2/28/2020. 
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Contact Name: Carol Murtagh,