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Lecturer Position in Aquatic Ecology Western Colorado University

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Western Colorado University invites applications for a lecturer position in aquatic ecology with a fisheries and macroinvertebrate focus. Primary teaching responsibilities include lecture and laboratory courses in biological diversity, aquatic ecology, environmental biology, entomology (or aquatic macroinvertebrates) and other courses in the colleague’s area of expertise.

position requires teaching approximately 24 semester credits per academic year with expectations for conducting research involving students. Additional responsibilities include assisting with student recruitment; mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students; service to the department; and continued professional development. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated quantitative skills; aquatic monitoring and assessment skills; an applied conservation focus; and interests in developing online course components.

Western’s Biology program has approximately 300 undergraduate students who have declared majors and minors; eight full-time faculty members; and a laboratory coordinator. The program has a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum and a graduate program in Ecology is commencing Fall 2019.


Master’s degree in relevant field is required, a doctorate is preferred. Candidates must possess a strong commitment to innovative undergraduate education and demonstrate excellence in teaching in both lecture and laboratory settings. A demonstrated commitment to student research; and online education is also preferred. Collegiality and professional flexibility are characteristic of the department and will be sought in the successful candidate.


Salary: $38,000-39,000 depending on experience. Benefits include an employee/employer shared contribution retirement plan and life and health insurance. After one year of employment, dependents qualify for tuition waivers to attend Western. Renewal contingent upon excellent performance and available funding.

START DATE: August 2019


Apply online at Required attachments to the online application include: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of proposed original research activities involving students, and academic transcripts. A list of at least three references should also be provided.

Please direct questions regarding the position to Dr. Kevin Alexander, search chair:

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during screening. Official transcripts are required prior to employment.

Screening of applications will begin March 25, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.


Western is a residential, public university with an enrollment of 3,000 students who come from across Colorado and all fifty states. Faculty members share a strong commitment to personalized education with the liberal arts as its core. It is a student-oriented, collegial, energetic, and engaged campus and community. The curriculum provides professional flexibility where experiential learning and interdisciplinary approaches are valued. Western is also an advocate of diversity, equity, and inclusivity of all types including ability (physical, mental), social class, racial/ethnic, linguistic, religion, sexual orientation, age, experience, gender, and cultural. Please see our diversity statement, and our DEII Committee charge. The university is located in Gunnison, Colorado, a rural community 200 miles southwest of Denver. At an elevation of 7,700 feet in the southern Rocky Mountains, the Gunnison Valley provides significant year-round outdoor recreational opportunities. Employees have chosen Western because of the quality of life combined with rewarding careers. Visit to learn more about the university.

Western Colorado University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus