Assistant Professor - Natural Resources (2)

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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SNRS invites applications for two 12-month, tenure track faculty positions, both at the rank of Assistant Professor. We are seeking dynamic individuals with a strong interest in both teaching (65%) and research (35%).

Description & Details:

Teaching (65% effort)

Teaching related responsibilities will be determined with each successful candidate, but they are likely to include a mixture of student advising, mentoring, and course instruction (4-6 courses per year). SNRS phases in teaching loads of new faculty to give them the necessary time to develop stimulating courses while establishing their research labs.

Instructors will support coursework within a wide range of natural resource topics depending on their interest and expertise as well as SNRS' needs. This may include developing new courses in the instructor's area of expertise, collaborations with current SNRS faculty, and/or contributing to existing courses related to natural resource management, policy, water, weather, or GIS. Given substantial growth in online programs, the potential to teach online and hybrid formats is desired. Incorporating student research in the classroom as well as experiential and active learning techniques is also a plus.

Research (35% effort)

Successful candidates will develop a nationally recognized, collaborative research program that is appropriate for a 35% research appointment. Research efforts should help support the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and North Dakota stakeholders, and candidates will be expected to produce peer-reviewed publications, secure extramural funding, and mentor undergraduate and graduate students. We are searching for applicants with innovative research agendas in any area of natural resource sciences, including those that help strengthen or broaden SNRS' current research expertise. We encourage individuals with research emphases evaluating or restoring terrestrial or aquatic systems. However, we are excited to hear from any candidate whose work supports natural resources in native systems, agricultural systems, and/or their interface.

Work Schedule:
  • Full-time, 12-month appointment
Advertised Salary:
  • Commensurate with experience
Minimum Qualifications:
  • A doctorate in Natural Resources, a current SNRS discipline (Soil Science, Natural Resources Management, Entomology, Range Science), or a related field. Candidates who are near completion of their PHD are also encouraged to apply, but a doctorate is required by the start date.
  • Potential for exemplary teaching.
  • Potential to develop and conduct original research related to natural resources.
  • Demonstrated verbal, interpersonal, and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated experience with innovative pedagogical approaches and evidence-based teaching practices, including experiential or active learning in the classroom.
  • Experience advising and/or mentoring undergraduate or graduate students from various backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience in online teaching and learning formats, including synchronous and asynchronous delivery.
  • Evidence of relevant scholarly contributions, including peer-reviewed publications, presentations, grant writing, and/or successful acquisition of external funds to support teaching and/or research activities.
  • A commitment to working with diverse stakeholders and student populations.
  • Service to discipline or university, including engagement with professional societies.
Applicant Materials Required:

The position is open until filled. For full consideration, application screening will begin on May 6, 2024. Application materials must include:
  • Cover letter addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications.
  • Complete Curriculum Vita.
  • A short plan for future teaching and research efforts at NDSU (maximum 3 pages). Please include how the applicant's experiences and philosophy will allow them to establish their successful teaching and research programs at NDSU.
  • Three professional references with contact information.
Please direct questions or nominations to:

Dr. Jason Harmon | | (701) 231-5083

Applicants must submit all materials through the NDSU Human Resources portal: More information about SNRS available at:


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. We educate leaders who solve national and global challenges by providing affordable access to an excellent education that combines teaching and research in a rich learning environment.

NDSU is in the highest Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, R1, granted to the top research institutions in the country.

NDSU has offices across the state of North Dakota, and the main campus is in Fargo, on the Minnesota border. Along with Moorhead, Minnesota, Fargo forms one of the largest metropolitan centers between Minneapolis and Seattle. The community is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live.

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).