Northern Kentucky University Assistant Professor in Environmental Science

Working Title Assistant Professor in Environmental Science
Department Biological Sciences
Full Time or Part Time? Full Time
Position Number 000000000
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

Northern Kentucky University embraces inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of our work and seek excellence through diversity among our students, administrators, faculty, and staff. Application by members of diverse groups is encouraged.

We are an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution.

Purpose of Position

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in environmental science with expertise in sustainability science and/or urban ecosystems, starting Fall 2020. Applicants with experience in GIS and/or science communication are encouraged to apply. Appointees will teach undergraduate courses, contribute to advising and mentoring, run a research program involving undergraduate students, and contribute in service to the university and community. 
The Department of Biological Sciences has 24 full-time faculty members and approximately 500 undergraduate students. The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Biology Department. The Environmental Science Program has approximately 90 students split among the B.S. major, the new B.A. major, and the environmental studies minor. NKU is a comprehensive regional university of 14,500 students located seven miles from downtown Cincinnati, OH in an area offering an outstanding quality of life. It is near a variety of natural areas and is a nationally recognized metropolitan university committed to active engagement with the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati region of nearly two million people. For additional information about NKU, the Department of Biological Sciences, and the Environmental Science Program please visit,,

Primary Responsibilities

Candidates should be strongly committed to teaching at the undergraduate level and should incorporate innovative, inquiry-based, dynamic, active-learning methods into courses. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in our environmental science curriculum. Additional teaching assignments will depend on the candidate’s expertise and departmental needs, but may include Introductory Biology, Ecology, Scientific Writing, and other courses that the successful candidate is interested in developing. We encourage applicants with expertise that can contribute to both our B.S. and the new B.A. in environmental science. The successful candidate is expected to grow a productive research program that involves undergraduate students and to pursue external funding. Faculty members are also expected to engage in service activities at all levels of the university and to the community, and to provide academic and professional advising to students. Candidates should demonstrate commitment and/or experience promoting and fostering a learning environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.


A Ph.D. in environmental science, biology, or other closely aligned fields of study; research experience in environmental science with a sustainability or urban ecosystem focus; a commitment to diversity and inclusion.

To Apply: Submit to 1) a cover letter specifically addressing experience and qualifications, 2) a statement of teaching philosophy, including a discussion on using evidence-based instructional practices in the classroom, 3) a description of current research and goals for future research, 4) a statement on diversity and inclusion philosophy and why they are important in higher education, 5) a current curriculum vitae, 6) transcripts, and 7) contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on September 22, 2019. 
For questions contact Kristy Hopfensperger,

Any candidate who is offered this position will be required to go through a pre-employment criminal background check as mandated by state law.

Minimum Education Ph.D
Preferred Education Ph.D
Posting Detail Information 
Requisition Number 2019F400
Job Open Date 08/27/2019
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
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