Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Plant Systematics

Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Plant Systematics

Job category: Education

Job Type: Full Time

Arcata, California

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position, Plant Systematics

Humboldt State University

Department of Biological Sciences

Location: Arcata, CA

Open Date: Oct 30, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Humboldt State University and the Department of Biological Sciences invites applicants for an academic year tenure-track faculty position specializing in Plant Systematics.

Humboldt State University is home to the largest undergraduate Botany program in the nation. Our Botany program prides itself in a strong tradition and focus on organismal biology, including taxonomy and systematics of different plant, fungal, and protistan groups. The ideal candidate will seamlessly integrate a research program utilizing contemporary methods in plant systematics with teaching that emphasizes taxonomy and identification of vascular plants. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the ability to maintain, develop, and curate the HSU vascular plant herbarium, the largest of its kind in the California State University system.

RANK, SALARY AND BENEFITS: We seek to fill this position at the Assistant Professor rank; however, rank and salary are dependent on the appointee’s qualifications and experience. The current California State University Salary Schedule is available at: http://www.humboldt.edu/aps/docs/salary/Salary-Schedule.pdf

Humboldt State University provides an excellent benefits package for faculty. Information about benefits plans can be found at: http://www.humboldt.edu/forms/node/934.

As an institution, HSU is committed to eliminating the equity gap in all student populations with dynamic, student-centered practices and policies that fully engage the campus community. The ideal candidate will share HSU’s commitment to helping its racially and socioeconomically diverse students succeed in their degree and career objectives.

We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, ability and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, and students who are also committed to closing equity gaps.

**APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 1, 2019. Early response is encouraged.**


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Ph.D. or equivalent degree in botany/plant biology or related field from an accredited college or university is required at the time of appointment.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following:

• Expertise in plant taxonomy and systematics, including modern methodologies

• Strong field and lab plant identification skills

• Demonstrated commitment to curating herbarium collections

• Demonstrated ability to develop and teach labs based on living plant material

• Potential for effective teaching or teaching experience using a variety of pedagogies that promote an inclusive learning environment

• Potential to maintain an active research program with external support

• Record of, or potential for, involving undergraduate and graduate students in research and scholarly activities

• Commitment to and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds

• Ability to collaborate effectively with diverse students and colleagues in an interdisciplinary framework

• Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse student population

• Commitment to contribute to the departments’ mission to support minoritized students

• Interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses (major, general education, etc.)

Preferred qualifications for this position include:

• A developed research program focusing on plant taxonomy and systematics, with applications in fields including, but not limited to, evolutionary processes, biogeography, and conservation biology

• Ability and experience in collecting and curating herbarium specimens

At the time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States. For information on the University policy on support for non-immigrant probationary faculty visa acquisition, please visit the Faculty Immigration Resources page: https://extended.humboldt.edu/international-programs/immigration/faculty.

Evidence of degree(s) is required at time of hire.

PROFESSIONAL DUTIES: Candidates should be committed to inclusive teaching excellence, to building a strong research record, and to managing and developing the HSU Vascular Plant Herbarium. Instructional assignments may include: Plant Taxonomy, General Botany, and other courses in their area of expertise. The candidates may also participate in teaching our introduction to STEM professions course for freshmen. Instructional assignments will be consistent with the programmatic needs of the department and students.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are in the areas of: (1) teaching; (2) research, scholarship, and creative activity; and (3) service to the University, profession, and community. Additional responsibilities include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide communities, maintaining office hours, interacting effectively with colleagues, and participation in other traditional academic functions. Probationary faculty are typically provided ongoing mentorship to enable their success. Probationary faculty teaching responsibilities will be reduced by approximately one course each semester for the first two years. The reduced teaching load enables the establishment of research, scholarship and/or creative activities required for retention, tenure, and promotion.

Humboldt State also continues to build unique and innovative learning opportunities for students, bridging the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. HSU is a leader in “learning communities” that build relationships between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and the community. These communities incorporate environmental and social responsibility.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Dedication to superior instruction of undergraduates is a long-standing tradition at Humboldt. The Department of Biological Sciences is known for providing students with balanced and well-rounded degrees in Botany, Biology, and Zoology. We also have an active graduate (Master’s level) program in Biology (including Botany). Resources include: molecular biology and tissue culture facilities; growth chambers; scanning and transmission electron microscopes; vascular plant herbarium; the Dennis K. Walker greenhouse (hosting the largest greenhouse teaching collection in the California State University system); the HSU Natural History Museum; the Telonicher Marine Laboratory; a 90 ft. oceangoing vessel; and a surrounding “natural laboratory” of diverse ecosystems and plant communities for field-based teaching and research. For more information about the Department visit: http://www.humboldt.edu/biosci/.

Humboldt State Humboldt State University is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution and is committed to an inclusive campus environment for students from all backgrounds. The campus sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). The Humboldt State University campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities. Humboldt State currently has the largest percentage of Native American students in the CSU system and has over 30 Native American faculty and staff many from local area California Indian tribes. HSU is home to a number of leading Native American programs including the Indian Tribal Education and Personnel Program (ITEPP) and the Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP). There are also many opportunities at HSU to conduct research, teaching and community work on Native American history and cultures in Special Collections at the HSU library. The Humboldt Room in the Library has fantastic resources for tribally focused archive materials from the region. HSU strives to build a supportive and inclusive Native community and engages with Native communities through various initiatives and opportunities like the annual California Indian Big Time and Indigenous People’s Week and a chance to network with other faculty and staff as part of the HSU Council of American Indian Faculty and Staff. For more information, please visit: www.humboldt.edu/nasp

Application Instructions

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should submit the following materials through Interfolio:

Click here to apply:http://apply.interfolio.com/70874

• Letter of Application (2 pages maximum);

• Curriculum Vitae;

• Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including but not limited to (1) strategies for teaching a high-enrollment plant taxonomy and systematics course with significant lab and field components; and (2) how these strategies relate to supporting students who have been historically marginalized and/or minoritized (2 pages maximum);

• Statement of Research and Curatorial Interests or Experience (3 pages maximum); and

• Three Confidential Letters of Recommendation (to be submitted through Interfolio).

Additional application materials may be requested at a later time.

Please direct any questions pertaining to this position, the Department of Biological Sciences, or Humboldt State University to:

Mihai Tomescu, Search Committee Chair

Department of Biological Sciences

Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299

Phone: (707) 826-3229

Email: mihai@humboldt.edu

APPLICATION DEADLINE: This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to completed applications received no later than December 1, 2019. Early response is encouraged.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Humboldt State University is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Evidence of required degree(s), certifications(s), or licenses(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education (or activities only part of which are qualifying) will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus, unless otherwise stated.

A background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) must be completed satisfactorily as a condition of employment with the CSU. Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Adverse findings from a background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Compliance with the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 (EO 1083) is a condition of employ-ment. CSU employees in positions with duties that involve regular contact with children or positions which supervise such employees are designated as Mandated Reporters under CANRA and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in EO 1083. Upon appointment to this position, the successful candidate(s) will be notified of and required to acknowledge their CANRA reporting status.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

New faculty employees hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2017 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits. Staff employees covered under bargaining agreements 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, C99, E99, M80 and M9 hired by the CSU for the first time who first become CalPERS members on or after July 1, 2018 are subject to a 10-year vesting period for retiree health and dental benefits

If accommodations need to be made during the recruitment and interview process, please contact Human Resources at (707) 826-3626 or hsuhr@humboldt.edu

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