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Associate Professor: Betz Endowed Chair, Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science (BEES)

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Philadelphia, PA


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Up to $145,000

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Published Date

Jan 12, 2023

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Job Overview: The BEES Department invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Associate or Full Professor level. The Betz Chair is funded by the Betz Endowment at Drexel University. We seek an innovative scientist and an experienced leader to build a program at the interface of ecology, evolution and environmental biology. We invite applications from outstanding researchers whose work focuses on ecology, evolution, conservation, global change, climate change impacts and adaptation, or coupled human-natural systems.

Essential Functions:

  • Leadership – The successful candidate will inspire cooperation and increase research productivity in an interdisciplinary department. Joint appointment at the Academy of Natural Sciences or other college and university units is possible.
  • Teaching– Applicants must have demonstrated ability to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Research – A strong externally funded research program is expected to complement funding from the Betz Endowment.
  • Service – Participation on relevant committees at the departmental, college, or university level is expected and service outside the university is encouraged.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate in biology, environmental science, or related field.
  • 5+ years of university-level teaching and research experience.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States if offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in a tenure-track position at university level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Track record of high-level scholarly research and productivity, including extramural funding and peer reviewed publication.

About the BEES Department

The BEES Department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) comprises a diverse group of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geoscientists, and environmental scientists, and offers majors in geoscience, environmental studies and sustainability, ecology and evolution, and environmental science . We currently have about 140 undergraduate students across these majors and about 30 graduate students.


BEES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The department follows Drexel guidelines for DEI and emphasizes IDEAL principles (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Leadership) to build a more creative, engaged, and supportive community. BEES faculty can participate in initiatives promoting cultural competence, personal growth, and leadership development,such as training in anti-racist pedagogy, support for community-based learning initiatives, and a faculty environmental justice network. BEES faculty can also participate in affinity groups of the University, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Center for Black Culture. The Department actively promotes programs to address issues of inequality and inclusion in the university and in our fields of study through our Intersectional Nondiscrimination and Inclusion (INI) committee, which is comprised of faculty and students.


About Drexel University

Drexel is a world-class, comprehensive R1 research institution and a global leader in experiential education with a renowned cooperative education program. With its vibrant community of students, faculty and professional staff, Drexel encourages the richness that diversity, equity and inclusion bring to the workplace. Drexel has also committed to becoming the nation’s most civically engaged university, supporting engagement along three dimensions: research and academic programs that directly benefit communities, public service by students, faculty and staff, and business practices that support equitable local and regional economic development. Like its students, Drexel's employees are known for being passionate, entrepreneurial, and innovative.


Academy of Natural Sciences

Many BEES faculty have joint appointments with the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) of Drexel, where they work as Curators in the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution (CSBE) or as research scientists in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research (PCER). ANS is the oldest natural history museum in the western hemisphere, and CSBE collections comprise 20 million specimens of plants and animals widely used in research and education. The PCER, named after National Medal of Science winner and noted ecologist Dr. Ruth Patrick, is an important research center of ANS, with a long history of research and environmental assessment, particularly of aquatic ecosystems.


The Environmental Collaboratory

The Environmental Collaboratory (TEC) is a major university initiative to address the environmental challenges facing society. TEC is tasked to unite Drexel, the Academy, and communities of need in a shared endeavor to sustain our planet and mitigate its degradation. TEC coordinates, develops, integrates, and resources research, education, civic engagement, and public programming to solve problems and shape culture.


College of Arts and Sciences

The Drexel College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) delivers a liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning through its co-operative education program. Our research and scholarship explore contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good. With a breadth of disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the College is the perfect home for ambitious, curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity.


All interested applicants must apply through Drexel Careers:


When applying, please upload/include the following documents in a PDF format to Drexel Careers:

  1. Cover letter detailing research, teaching, and leadership experience.
  2. CV with complete professional and academic history.
  3. A brief statement summarizing your teaching philosophy, interests and experience.
  4. A statement summarizing your research, grant funding experience and vision for future directions.
  5. A diversity statement that details your vision and experience with promoting inclusion in teaching, research and service.
  6. The names and e-mail addresses of at least three references.

Letters of reference/recommendation will be requested from candidates who are invited for a remote Zoom interview. Evaluation of applications will begin on February 1, 20023 and will continue until a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Please address all queries to Dr. Gary Rosenberg, Search Committee Chair


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