Assistant Professor - Biology - Zoology

Updated: 4 days ago
Location: Cheney, WASHINGTON
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Posting Details
Posting Details

Working Title Assistant Professor - Biology - Zoology
Posting Number 2022040FP

Position Information

Classification Title Assistant Professor
Classification Code 8003
RCW Exemption Criteria 10 - Academic Personnel
EWU Position Number F99987
CUPA Code 26.13 - Ecology, Evoluation & Population
FLSA Exempt - Teaching
Bargaining Unit UFE
% Full Time 100
Salary / Wage Range CUPA
Salary Information
The expected salary upon hire is $75,177.
Anticipated Start Date 09/16/2023
Term of Appointment 9 months per academic year, mid-September through mid-June
Location Cheney Campus
County Spokane
Project Description
Project Duration
Background Check Yes - Both

Department Information

Level 1 User with Access Sherry Mowatt
Responsible HR User Britt Pirker
Responsible HR User Email address "inquiries only"

Posting Text

Job Summary
The Biology Department in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at Eastern Washington University (EWU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in Zoology / Wildlife Biology to begin in September 2023.
We are seeking broadly trained candidates who complement the strengths of our existing faculty and who will be inspirational teachers, researchers, and mentors. Candidates must show a high degree of interest in human and cultural diversity with a demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach to teaching and scholarship that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public. The department has a strong commitment to environmental justice and particularly welcomes candidates who would contribute to our shared tradition of close collaboration with local tribal agencies on wildlife and environmental monitoring and restoration projects. The department also plays a leading role in a campus initiative to restore over 130 acres of campus-adjacent wheat fields to native grasslands.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and to the development of a strong externally funded research program involving undergraduates and MS-level graduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include an upper-division course in Vertebrate Zoology and may include courses such as Mammalogy, Ornithology, Herpetology, Fish and Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, and a Senior Capstone course in the successful candidate’s field of specialty. All Biology faculty members are also expected to contribute to the introductory biology series and to actively participate in curriculum development and assessment of student learning. Although any research focus will be considered, the successful applicant’s research program should include a field component and should be amenable to engaging undergraduates in meaningful research experiences. Candidates whose research complements interests of existing faculty and provides opportunities for collaboration and partnership with local tribes and management agencies are particularly encouraged to apply.
The Biology Department has 19 tenure-track faculty and roughly 400 undergraduate majors. Facilities include teaching labs in a newly constructed 100,000 square foot teaching laboratory building and a field station at the nearby Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge. The department’s main building is in the middle of a complete renovation that will be completed in 2024. In addition to individual faculty labs, the renovated facility will include a vivarium, herbarium, research greenhouse, teaching greenhouse, aquatics facility, and shared molecular biology lab.
Eastern Washington University, located on the ancestral lands of the Spokane people, is a midsize regional, comprehensive institution offering high-quality liberal arts and professional undergraduate and graduate programs in Cheney, Spokane, and elsewhere in Washington State. Approximately one-third of EWU students are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or People of Color and half are first-generation college students, making EWU one of the most culturally and economically diverse universities in the state of Washington. The Spokane metropolitan area is home to over 400,000 diverse residents and offers great four-season outdoor recreational opportunities and a vibrant arts and cultural community. EWU supports the economic and cultural life of the Pacific Northwest through our large alumni base and the expertise of our faculty and students.
Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.
Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359‐2381.
About Eastern Washington University
Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
Tribal Land Acknowledgement
Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land. 
Diversity Statement
EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.
Conditions of Employment
This position will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check and applicant certification prior to beginning employment.
All new employees must comply with EWU immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Physical Demands
Essential Functions Analysis forms (“EFA”) describe the physical and mental demands
associated with our positions. If you would like to obtain a copy of the Essential Functions
Analysis form, which describes the physical and mental demands of the position, please contact
Britt Pirker at
Pre-Placement Physical No
Hearing Test No
Medical Monitoring Post Hire No
Protective Equipment
University, local, regional and state mandates for public and personal
protection should be followed as needed.
Required Qualifications
  • A PhD in Biology or related field by time of appointment
  • Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in vertebrate zoology and related courses
  • Demonstrated potential to develop and sustain a research program that engages undergraduate and MS-level students
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.
Preferred Qualifications
  • At least one year of postdoctoral experience
  • Teaching experience in a higher education setting
  • Potential to establish a research program that includes a field component
  • Demonstrated ability to garner external funds
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and identities.
Other Skills and Abilities
Work Schedule Type Other
Work Schedule
Schedule will vary from quarter to quarter to fulfill positions’ responsibilities.
Posting Date 08/29/2022
Open Until Further Notice Yes
Closing Date
Screening to Begin 10/18/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position is open until further notice; screening for the Assistant Professor position will begin October 18, 2022. To be assured full consideration, your application must be submitted by that date.
It is strongly recommended that you print a copy of these instructions and the position posting before you begin to complete the online application, as the instructions will not be viewable once you begin the application process.
Submit your application materials through our online applications portal located here: If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.
Questions about the position may be directed to the search committee chair Dr. Paul Spruell (509) 359-2741 or; or the department chair Dr. Rebecca Brown (509) 359-2528 or All materials will be held in strict confidence; references will not be contacted until candidates have been notified.
Completed applications must include:
  • Cover letter that addresses each of the key responsibilities and qualifications of the position (both required and preferred).
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching interest and philosophy
  • Statement of research experience and future research plans
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • List of three references with names, title, organization, addresses, email, phone numbers, and their connection to you.
  • Diversity response: As an equal-opportunity employer with a multicultural staff and student population, we are interested in how your qualifications prepare you to work with diverse faculty, staff, and student populations representing various cultures and backgrounds that may be different from your own. Please describe how you will apply an approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Job Duties

% of Time 100
Responsibility / Duty
  • A Faculty Activity Plan will be developed by the end of the first quarter of the selected candidate’s appointment, and will consist of a combination of teaching, research, service, and/or release time to perform administrative duties, as negotiated and as needed to meet the business needs of the department.
  • Additionally, all faculty are expected to engage in effective teaching and assessment of student learning.
  • Meet all scheduled classes;
  • Plan, organize and inform students of the course content, texts, readings, assignments, attendance regulations and methods of evaluation including grading scales;
  • schedule and attend office hours;
  • Turn in grades according to established deadlines;
  • Advise students who are declared majors on department, college and University requirements and career opportunities.
Essential Function Indicator Yes

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