Faculty position in Wildlife Management

State University of New York at Cobleskill


COLLEGE VALUES                              

SUNY Cobleskill is seeking talented and innovative faculty to join the college community as we build a new vision for our second century as a college of agriculture and technology.  Offering associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs, SUNY Cobleskill values innovative teaching and faculty committed to engaging pedagogies, collaborative and interdisciplinary endeavors, global perspectives, applied learning including internships and undergraduate research, and high levels of interaction with students. 


Tenure-track 10-month appointment as Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management; begins August 2013.


The Department of FW&ES is a small, collaborative department of 5 full-time faculty, 1 Fish Hatchery Manager, and 3 staff who are committed to high quality undergraduate education.    Departmental members share the teaching philosophy that students learn best by doing; therefore, laboratories characteristically involve “hands-on” learning activities in laboratory and field settings. The typical faculty teaching load is 15 contact hours per semester.  A fleet of campus vans is available to transport students to field sites.

The Department of FW&ES currently enrolls approximately 260 undergraduates in four majors: Bachelor of Technology (BT) in Wildlife Management, BT in Fisheries and Aquaculture, Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology, and AAS in Environmental Studies.  In 2014, the Department of FW&ES will move into a new Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources with state of the art facilities including stand alone laboratories in mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, and fisheries, as well as a taxidermy studio.  The 50,000 gallon cold-water fish hatchery will serve as the first floor centerpiece.

Existing teaching materials include a collection North American mammal skins and skulls, study skins, taxidermy mounts, deer jaws, and a complete disarticulated skeleton of a juvenile humpback whale.  The collection of African Wildlife includes body mounts of big cats and head mounts various herbivores (antelope, wildebeest, water buffalo, etc.).   The department also maintains an extensive collection of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, and local aquatic, terrestrial and wetland plants.


We seek an individual with the ability to develop and teach courses in mammalogy, wildlife damage management, and wildlife science.  The individual will also team teach natural history of the vertebrates.  We seek an individual with field experiences in the applied aspects of wildlife management in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.  We especially encourage applicants who are enthusiastic about intra- and inter-disciplinary collaborations within FW&ES and across campus.   Other duties include undergraduate advising, internship supervision, participation in campus governance, advising, assessment, scholarship, and professional development. Teaching assignments may include weekday, evenings, weekend, and online.

The successful applicant should have a strong interest in higher education and be enthusiastic about creating learning environments that are innovative and inspiring to students in the classroom and in the field.  The Department of FW&ES maintains active student chapters in The Wildlife Society, Ducks Unlimited, the American Fisheries Society and Trout Unlimited. We encourage applicants who have a commitment to fostering undergraduate research and training, as well as exploring and developing internship opportunities.


An earned PhD in wildlife conservation/biology/ecology/management or closely related field at the time of appointment is required.  Applicants must have teaching experience, an emerging record of peer-reviewed publications, and the interest and desire to write and develop college course work.  Preference will be given to applicants with expertise in GIS technology. The individual must be committed to excellence in teaching and have a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate students. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. A willingness to engage in interdisciplinary efforts and to teach in multiple modes (face-to-face, online, hybrid) are desired.

CLOSING DATE          

The application review process will begin immediately and will continue until a suitable candidate is found; priority is given to applications submitted by April 1, 2013.


Completed application consists of the following:

  1. Letter of application, addressing qualifications, position responsibilities, and college values
  2. Copies of official transcripts (originals required if hired)
  3. Current CV
  4. Names, emails and phone numbers of at least three professional references
  5. Statement of scholarly interest
  6. Statement of teaching philosophy
  7. Description of funded grant and contract projects