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Francis Marion University and the Biology Department invite applications for a tenure-track position in water resource management to support new programs in environmental science and studies.  The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting. We are seeking someone with a strong background in water resource management, watershed management, hydrology, landscape ecology, and/or freshwater ecosystem ecology.  The new faculty member will help in developing a water quality/water resources lab at FMU’s brand new Freshwater Ecology Center.  The Center sits on a 146-acre piece of property that includes extensive wetlands and overlooks a 20-acre, spring-fed lake. This position is a standard nine-month, tenure-track academic contract (August-May). Generous internal funding for research, travel, student scholarship, and summer research stipends are available on a competitive basis.

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching Introduction to Environmental Science, Water Quality/Water Resource Management, and opportunity to develop classes in area of specialty. Ability to teach Introduction to Sustainability is a plus.
  • Perform scholarly activities and maintain an active research program that involves undergraduate researchers;
  • Participate in faculty governance by serving on department/university committees;
  • Provide academic advising for students;
  • Conduct additional professional services as needed by the department.

To learn more about Francis Marion University’s Department of Biology, please visit: Any questions can be directed to the Department Chair, Vernon Bauer (

Francis Marion University is a state-assisted, regional, liberal arts university serving approximately 4,200 students in Florence, SC: a growing city with a vibrant culture. The campus is within easy driving distance of the state capitol Columbia, as well as other areas of interest including Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Charlotte, Asheville and Savannah.

FMU Requirements: Earned doctorate in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, hydrology, watershed management, water resource management, or related disciplines from an accredited institution.  ABD candidates will be considered, but must have completed their Ph.D. by the start of the 2023-2024 academic year.

Application Instructions:

  • Review of applications will begin on 10/28/22 and will continue until the position is filled. A start date of August 16, 2023 is anticipated.
  • The following application materials are required:
  • Letter of Interest (Referencing Position Number 22-89)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching Statement expressing teaching experience and philosophy
  • Research Statement describing research interests and long-term research objectives
  • Copies of all transcripts (official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate)
  • Names and contact information for three reference
  • FMU Faculty Application. To obtain the FMU Faculty Application, please click here.

Send Application Packet to: Dr. Charlene Wages, Vice President for Administration and Planning, Francis Marion University, PO Box 100547, Florence, SC 29502-0547; email to; or FAX to (843) 661-1202.

Francis Marion University has been recognized for its excellence in education by several national ranking agencies. US News and World Report named FMU as one of its top regional universities in the south for more than a decade. FMU was named as “The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For” 2013-2022.

As Francis Marion University has continued to be recognized for its diverse student body, it especially welcomes applicants who can affirm and enhance its mission.

Applicants honorably discharged from a branch of the United States Armed Forces, who meet the minimum training and experience requirements, are given employment preference by all State agencies and higher education institutions in South Carolina.

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