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University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Assistant Professor - Comparative Vertebrate Anatomist

by Ed Hagen last modified Dec 10, 2012 02:35 PM expired
The Department of Biology, College of Science and Health, at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is expanding and invites applications for a new tenure-track Assistant Professor. We seek a dynamic teacher/scholar with a commitment to excellence in teaching and the potential to develop an externally funded research program. Preference will be given to applicants with teaching/research interests in herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, or ornithology who will develop a comparative vertebrate anatomy course. The candidate should also be able to contribute to core courses in biology as well as develop courses in her/his area of expertise.

The UW-L Biology Department values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We are looking for a colleague who shares our department's commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and effective mentor for students with varied backgrounds, preparation, and career goals. Our highly productive and collegial department of 30 active faculty members creates a stellar environment for professional and personal achievement. In addition, we have a history of collaborative work with other departments, as well as local and regional agencies. Moreover, the beautiful surroundings of the region, unique regional biodiversity, in combination with a strong education system, affordable housing, and friendly atmosphere consistently identifies La Crosse as one of the top places to live in the country.

This position is a 100% appointment for the nine-month academic year at the level of assistant professor. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in an area of biological science is required. Academic year salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Start date is August 26, 2013.  All applications must be submitted electronically at Applications must include 1) a cover letter addressing your particular qualifications and interest in our position, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a statement describing how your teaching experiences have enhanced student learning, 4) a statement of research interests, and 5) the names and contact information of three references (letters of recommendation and transcripts may be requested later in the review process).

Electronic applications must be received by January 7, 2013. If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process, please contact the chair of the search committee, Kathryn E. Perez ( to make appropriate arrangements.

Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit 

(The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as "... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of "America's Best Colleges" for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,000, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are over 400 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 69 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten "Best Places to Live" in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.)

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