The University of Arizona

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Career Track Professor of Practice, SNRE


The title Professor of Practice describes a career‐track faculty (non‐tenure) instructional faculty member who has established himself or herself by expertise, achievements, and reputation over as sustained period of time to be a distinguished professional in an area of practice or academic discipline in CALS. The primary responsibilities of this position are in the broad area of instruction including the teaching of undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising, assessment, teacher training, mentoring, funding acquisition, and service as appropriate to the promotion of the scholarship of teaching and the educational mission of the academic unit. Professors of Practice are appointed within a CALS academic unit, have all the college privileges and responsibilities of faculty members in the unit, and are evaluated annually and for promotion in a similar manner as other faculty members in the  unit.

Title: Career Track Professor of Practice, Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE)

Department: School of Natural Resources and the Environment (2412)

Location:  Main Campus

The School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) seeks a Career Track Professor (Professor of Practice) to teach traditional and online courses. This is a 9-month teaching position (1.0 FTE), and although it is non-tenure eligible, it does offer renewable contracts up to 3-year periods and the opportunity to advance in rank (Assistant to Associate; Associate to Full). The position principally involves teaching SNRE courses both in a traditional format and online in the fall and spring as well as other varied service related duties. The position begins August 13th, 2018.

The schedule of SNRE courses to be taught will be dependent upon course assignments, which are subject to change from semester to semester. The expected teaching load is 6 courses per year on the main campus for the University of Arizona.

The position will be housed in SNRE, which has strong research, teaching and outreach programs in wildlife and fisheries ecology; conservation biology; ecohydrology and watershed management; rangeland ecology, restoration, and management; global change ecology and management; and arid lands. SNRE is also host to multiple cooperators from both the federal (the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, the USGS Sonoran Desert Research Station, the National Park Service Desert Southwest Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, the USGS Southwest Climate Science Center, the National Phenology Network) and state (Game and Fish Dept., Dept. of Transportation, Dept. of Environmental Quality) agencies. Our cooperative extension personnel have strong connections to landowners throughout Arizona.

Diversity of thought, background, and experience powers our culture of innovation, success, and life-changing discovery. We welcome candidates who have the academic qualifications appropriate for the position and the ability to work effectively within a broadly diverse community of students and scholars.

The University of Arizona, located in Tucson, AZ, is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, serves as the land-grant institution for Arizona, and is a Carnegie Foundation Research University with “very high research activity”. The university brings in more than $600 million in research investment each year. Tucson is culturally diverse, rich in natural beauty, and home to many recreational resources, such as hundreds of miles of hiking trails, bike lanes, and park space. Whether you are on the University of Arizona campus or enjoying the recreational activities Tucson has to offer, you will enjoy gorgeous sunsets, majestic mountain ranges, and more than 250 days of sunshine each year. In 2015 the City of Tucson was recognized for our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness through a “City of Gastronomy” designation by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). New faculty members quickly develop a deep appreciation for the culture and traditions of Tucson and the community’s commitment to creating economic opportunity while honoring and protecting our natural resources.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties and Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to do the following:

  • Teach six (6) courses during an academic year with primary focus on SNRE face-to-face courses in our undergraduate core curriculum. There will be an opportunity to teach online as well. Courses presently in need of staffing include, without limitation, Wildlife Conservation & American Culture, Conservation of Natural Environments, Natural Resources Ecology, Ecological Surveys and Sampling, Natural Resources Management Practices, Sustainable Earth, and geospatial themed courses;
  • Team teach a yet to be developed general education course with a natural resources theme;
  • Participate in conversion of traditional face to face courses to on-line offerings;
  • Serve on academic committees as directed by the Director of SNRE; and
  • Provide additional service requirements to SNRE, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (the “College”), and the University of Arizona (the “University); for example, student club advising, student mentoring, student project oversight, SNRE committees, College committees, and University committees.

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • Master’s degree in environmental sciences, natural resources, or other such related discipline;
  • Teaching and student-mentoring experience in traditional classroom settings at a college or university level; and
  • Demonstrated ability to design college/university-level curriculum.

Preferred Qualifications:             

  • PhD in environmental sciences, natural resources, or other related disciplines;
  • Strong experience in the design and teaching of traditional and online courses at the college/university level;
  • Demonstrated ability to inspire, engage, and motivate students; and
  • Demonstrated excellence in participant-centered learning (PCL) at the college/university level.

To apply:

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Guidelines for the Appointment and Promotion of Professors of Practice
Contract Length: Assistant Professors of Practice will receive an appointment for a one‐year term, with renewal based on review of performance.