Assistant Professor - Salamander Ecologist - 005101

Arts & Sciences

The Department of Biology at Appalachian State University ( seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in the area of salamander ecology. We seek a teacher-scholar who will combine excellence in undergraduate and graduate (Master’s) teaching with an active research program. Applicants must have a Ph.D. and should have post-doctoral experience and/or post-Ph.D. teaching experience. Successful candidates are expected to teach courses in their specialty as well as in the general biology program.   

The successful candidate should have research experience on the effects of land use change and fire on salamander populations in forested ecosystems. Special consideration will be given to those researching dispersal ecology and to those with a record of experiential learning experiences. Experience in tropical ecosystems is also desirable. Teaching responsibilities may include two or more of the following: herpetology, comparative vertebrate zoology, mammalogy, and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. 

Appalachian State University, located in the southern Appalachian Mountains, is a highly ranked comprehensive university and a member institution of the 17 campus University of North Carolina System. With an enrollment of over 18,000 students, Appalachian State University seeks to maintain its reputation for excellence in teaching while continuing to enhance its research reputation. 

To apply, send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, separate statements of research and teaching interests/philosophy, and contact information for at least 3 references (name, address, telephone, email address) to Ms. Debi Tibbett, Office Manager ( Applications will only be accepted in electronic format and should combine all requested items into one pdf file. Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee: Dr. Howard S. Neufeld,(; 828-262-2683). The position will remain open until filled; review of applications will begin 11/15/17.   

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  The University and Department are committed to increasing diversity and welcome applications from members of minorities and underrepresented groups. 

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.  Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report.