Assistant Professor, Fisheries Ecology (Term)

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Sep 17, 2021
Jan 28, 2022
Full Time
Assistant Professor, Fisheries Ecology (Term) The George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy (ESP) in the College of Science is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual for a full-time 9-month, Term Assistant Professor of Fisheries Ecology beginning in Fall 2021 and extending through Summer 2022, renewable on an annual basis contingent on funding and performance. The successful candidate will join an active team of faculty researchers as part of ESP's Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) located in the new Potomac Science Center on the river in Woodbridge, Virginia. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. Responsibilities: This faculty with teach in our graduate and undergraduate programs and participate in on-going long-term research on the tidal Potomac River. The expected teaching responsibility for this position is four courses per semester during Fall and Spring including but not limited to Freshwater Ecosystems, Marine Ecology, Diversity of Fishes, Coastal and Estuarine Ecology, Management of Wild Living Resources and Freshwater Ecology. Based on research performance a lighter teaching load will be available. Research responsibilities include oversight and active participation in the fisheries component of two interdisciplinary long-term studies of the tidal Potomac River. While some research activities will be continued throughout the year, the bulk of the research effort is in the summer and summer research funding is available through the long-term study grants. As a unit which promotes transdisciplinary scholarship, we seek a colleague with research and teaching interests that complement existing faculty strengths in water and watersheds, conservation and sustainability, and the one health approach to ecosystems and sustainability. We welcome building new partnerships to develop interdisciplinary projects. Required Qualifications: * Successful completion of a Ph.D. in Zoology, Fisheries, and Aquatic/Estuarine Ecology or related field prior to the first day of the appointment; * The ability to share ESP's commitment to interdisciplinary education; * Commitment and interest in teaching lecture courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; * A record of scholarly activity demonstrated by publication record in peer-reviewed journals in Fisheries Ecology; * Strong commitment to mentoring and supervising graduate students; * Conduct service and outreach activities to a range of stakeholders including the University, broader academic community, resource managers, government, and non-profit organizations; * The ability to collaborate with other natural scientists in research, teaching and outreach; * Effective interpersonal communication skills. Preferred Qualifications: * Experience in establishing an externally-funded research program; * Experience working on fisheries ecology research in tidal freshwater and/or estuarine habitats; * Experience collaborating with fisheries management agencies at the federal and state level; * Ability to communicate scientific knowledge to a range of stakeholders from the general public to policy makers. Review of applications will begin March 2, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. About Us: ESP is well known for its truly interdisciplinary faculty focused on environmental natural and social sciences. ESP also includes additional graduate program faculty from across the university and numerous affiliated environmental professionals. The following degrees are awarded: B.S. in Environmental Science, B.A. in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Public Policy. ESP has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment. We are deeply committed to increasing diversity and encourage applications from women and minority scholars. For more information about the ESP, visit us online at For more information about PEREC, visit us online at For more information on the long-term studies of Gunston Cove and Hunting Creek, visit us on line at For additional questions/information please contact R. Christian Jones: Director, (PEREC) Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center,

For full consideration, applications are to be submitted electronically for position F118Az at In addition to the online application, upload a cover letter, CV, a philosophy of teaching statement, a research statement, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

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