Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Posting: Biodiversity Institute Director University of Wyoming

Biodiversity Institute Director University of Wyoming


Biodiversity Institute Description:

The newly founded University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute is dedicated to world-class biodiversity research, education and training of graduate and undergraduate students, and dissemination of scholarship to support biodiversity conservation and management. We seek an energetic Director, hired at the rank of Full Professor, to develop this new program to its full potential as one of the world’s leading biodiversity enterprises. This Institute provides an outstanding opportunity for a visionary leader to coordinate the University’s resources in its internationally recognized programs in ecology, environmental sciences, and natural resource economics, and build an innovative interdisciplinary and collaborative program addressing multiple dimensions of the globally critical field of biodiversity research. While biodiversity sciences will anchor the Institute, human interactions with the natural environment are considered a critical focus of the Institute’s work. For more information about the University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute please visit: www.uwyo.edu/acadaffairs/ad/biod.pdf.

Position Description:

The Director will establish the Institute’s curricula with opportunities for student research, field experiences and internships. The Director also will oversee outreach activities designed to serve the needs of the public and Wyoming state agencies and non-governmental organizations. The Biodiversity Institute will be housed in the University of Wyoming’s Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center: www.uwyo.edu/berrycenter.

The successful candidate will possess an internationally recognized reputation in biology, a passion for biodiversity, a commitment to the broadly inclusive mission of the Institute, proven leadership abilities, clear evidence of successful working relationships with faculty across disciplinary boundaries, and skills to represent the Institute effectively to state and national stakeholders and to the public.

Preferred qualifications include:

1. leadership experience demonstrating vision, managerial ability, and communication skills; 2. the ability to create synergy with other University programs and with stakeholders; 3. a commitment to integrating academics, research excellence, and the outreach mission of the
Institute; and 4. an internationally recognized record of teaching and research in biology, including a proven record
of external grant support.

Minimum qualifications include:

1. an earned doctorate; and 2. demonstrated excellence in research, teaching, and professional service commensurate with a
tenured appointment at the rank of Full Professor. We seek to fill this full-time, 9-month position starting 21 August 2012. Applications should include:
1. 2. 3.
a letter describing the applicant’s qualifications and experience related to the position; a curriculum vitae; and names and addresses of three references.

Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2012, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email all application materials as pdf attachments to Ms. Wilma Varga (wilmav@uwyo.edu) and reference the position number (#4916). Inquiries about the position can be made to Dr. David G. Williams (dgw@uwyo.edu).

The University of Wyoming is committed to diversity and endorses principles of affirmative action. We acknowledge that diversity enriches and sustains our scholarship and promotes equal access to our educational mission. We seek and welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.

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