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Assistant Teaching Professor - Marine Ecology - School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS)

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School / Campus / College: College of the Environment

Organization: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Title: Assistant Teaching Professor - Marine Ecology - School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS)

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Position Description

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences invites applications for a full time (100% FTE), 9-month non-tenured faculty position at the level of Assistant Teaching Professor in the broad field of marine ecology. Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the Marine Biology program, which offers a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Marine Biology housed within the College of the Environment.

The Marine Biology degree is a unique collaboration between the School of Oceanography and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, in partnership with the Friday Harbor Laboratories. This synergistic relationship brings together a wide cross-section of faculty representing the multiple facets of Marine Biology, providing a collegial and collaborative culture with a range of teaching and curriculum development opportunities.  Students from across campus come to our program to better understand human impacts on marine ecosystems, and the number choosing to major in marine biology is growing rapidly.

The anticipated start date of the position is September 16, 2022.  The Assistant Teaching Professor will be hired on multi-year appointments with a 9-month service period (September 16 through June 15) that may allow for additional opportunities to teach or pursue research or other scholarly activities during the summer. The initial appointment duration will be for three years with renewal decision at the end of year two. Although this position is not tenure eligible, it includes faculty voting rights and a pathway for career advancement and promotion in rank.

All UW faculty engage in teaching, scholarship, and service. Our Teaching Professors are long-term educational professionals who combine instructional excellence with a variety of leadership, community building, outreach, pedagogy advances, and scholarship. The successful applicant will:

1. teach 4 – 6 courses per year (quarter system) across all levels in the Marine Biology program. Specific teaching responsibilities will be commensurate with the candidate’s expertise and curricular needs and may include:

  • a core course in marine ecology for Marine Biology majors
  • introductory courses highlighting key organismal groups or ecosystems vulnerable to ocean change (such as marine mammals, coral reefs, intertidal, estuarine, polar or deep sea ecosystems) offered to the campus as a whole
  • courses in science communication
  • specialized upper division courses which may also serve graduate students (for example in the use of large ecological data sets, remote sensing or GIS)

2. advance educational scholarship in the teaching program with emphasis on innovative pedagogy and attention to diversity, equity and inclusion. This may include contributing to the growing community of pedagogical researchers within the College.

3. play an active role in School, College and University leadership, for example, by engaging in governance, serving on key committees, contributing to the implementation of best practices throughout the instructional program and the training and mentoring of teaching assistants.

Our Schools strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment where people of all backgrounds, who bring a range of perspectives and life experiences, are welcomed, heard and supported. We acknowledge that if the marine sciences do not adequately reflect the diversity of national and local populations, then marine policy and management are much less likely to reflect the knowledge, interest and will of impacted communities. We seek candidates who will contribute substantially to these efforts and encourage applications from underrepresented groups. In all aspects of this position, the candidate will join us to promote a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for students, faculty, staff, and the public.


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree, or foreign equivalent, in the biological marine sciences or a related field by the start date of the appointment.


Applicants are asked to describe plans for innovative and high-quality teaching and scholarship that contribute to an inclusive and equitable campus environment. We are committed to a holistic review of applicants, recognizing that applicants have varying life circumstances, pandemic experiences, and access to resources. Broad categories to be considered during the reviewing process include an applicant’s research expertise and accomplishments, record and vision for innovative teaching, potential to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and leadership potential at the UW. To apply, applicants should upload the following materials to Interfolio (a cover letter is not requested and will not be included in the review process):

(1) a curriculum vitae that includes educational background, positions held, and a list of publications, including those under review, among other relevant activities (for example, conferences, fieldwork, teaching and mentoring experiences, funding awarded, leadership experience, service, and outreach).

(2) a teaching statement (maximum 2 pages). This statement is an opportunity for the applicant to articulate their teaching philosophy and summarize their formal and informal teaching experiences, their educational mentoring experiences, their experience with evidence based teaching, their approach to inclusive teaching, and their plan for how they might contribute to the Marine Biology program, from introductory to specialized courses. More information can be found by examining the requirements of our undergraduate degrees

(3) a scholarship statement (maximum 2 pages). This statement is an opportunity for the applicant to outline the strength and creativity of their research accomplishments in marine ecology and in the scholarship of teaching and learning, if applicable, and their broad vision for future scholarly work in this position.

(4) a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement (maximum 2 pages). This statement is an opportunity for the applicant to highlight experiences with enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in academic and other settings, and to describe future goals and specific ways applicants might help or lead efforts to advance the School’s commitments to DEI.

(5) the names, affiliations and contact information for three references who can address some aspect of the candidate’s scholarly accomplishments, teaching record, potential to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), and leadership potential. Letters will only be requested during the final review stages.   

Review of applications will begin on March 25, 2022  (Priority deadline).  Applicants who submit all required documents by March 25, 2022 are guaranteed full consideration. Applications received after March 25, 2022 will be reviewed on a weekly basis at the discretion of the search committee until the position is filled or closed.

Questions regarding the application process or any potential disability accommodations during the application and interview process can be directed to or the Search Committee Chair: Prof. Gabrielle Rocap,

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