Visiting Assistant Professor in Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Sciences

Texas A&M University

Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management

Location: College Station, TX

Deadline: 1 November 2021

Department Overview:

The Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management (RWFM) is an applied, management-focused unit, originating from the recent reorganization of two natural resource/ecology-based departments. In the current refreshing of the department, we are excited to work with current and future RWFM faculty in focusing the department’s mission on informing science-driven natural resource management and policy through teaching, research, and extension efforts. RWFM is comprised of 14 faculty members (including two endowed chairs) at the flagship campus in College Station and 10 additional faculty members located at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Centers across the state. In addition to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, departmental faculty have appointments within Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Water Resources Institute, and Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Under the recently revised curriculum, RWFM offers one undergraduate degree program with four tracks (Rangeland, Wildlife, Aquaculture and Fisheries, or Natural Resource Policy) in addition to a Master of Science (M.S., both thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking key individuals to move RWFM forward in realizing the department’s Land Grant University mission. As part of the RWFM faculty hiring strategy, below is a unique faculty fellowship opportunity for interested candidates with a Ph.D. in Rangelands, Wildlife, Aquaculture/Fisheries, Natural Resources, or other environmental science disciplines.  New faculty hires are anticipated in various areas of emphasis to include:

  • rangelands—grazing animal ecology and management, rangeland restoration, rangeland vegetation and soil dynamics, livestock/wildlife interactions, and wild or prescribed fire ecology and management;
  • wildlife—big game, upland game birds, population dynamics, habitat selection, wildlife restoration, threatened/endangered species, invasive species, animal damage, coastal wetland/waterfowl management;
  • aquaculture/fisheries—aquaculture economics and marketing, pond management, invasive species, applied genomics/nutrigenomics, fish disease (DVM preferred), fisheries management; and
  • natural resource policy—ecosystem services valuation, environmental economics, environmental law, property law, regulatory/human dimensions.

About the Program:

Texas A&M University’s Accountability, Climate, Equity, and Scholarship (ACES) Fellows Program is a faculty pipeline initiative that connects those advancing outstanding scholarship with relevant disciplinary units on campus. The ACES Fellows Program is funded by the Office of the Provost at Texas A&M in partnership with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (COALS), and RWFM is one of three COALS departments selected for the program this year (multiple fellows will be selected among the participating departments). In recognition of Texas A&M University’s Diversity Plan, the ACES Fellows Program promotes the research, teaching, and scholarship of early career scholars who embrace the belief that diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. ACES Fellows are afforded access to invaluable academic and professional development experiences to advance their careers as scholars with some ACES Fellows being hired as tenure-track faculty at the conclusion of the program. ACES Fellows will benefit from prescriptive mentoring, access to instructional best practices, a vast array of world-class research and productivity resources, and a robust network of renowned Texas A&M scholars from across disciplines. Details of the Fellows Program includes:

  • Texas A&M University’s ACES Fellows Program is a two-year (24 month) fellowship for early career PhDs. Applicants should have earned their Ph.D. between January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2022. Fellows begin their appointment in Fall 2022. Start dates are negotiable but must commence between July 1 and August 10.
  • Annual stipend ($70-75K or commensurate with experience) and benefits including medical, dental, and vision are available. The fellowship period generally begins August 1 and ends on July 31. Fellows will receive reimbursement for one-time relocation fees (up to $5,000), a research and travel allowance as specified in the position description, and a private office.
  • ACES Fellows will teach one course per academic year (approximately 15% teaching), thereby benefiting from dedicated research time. Fellows will hold the title of Visiting Assistant Professor.
  • Visit the following link for a full description of the ACES Fellows Program.

Preferred Qualifications:

Applications are welcome from scholars with a strength in, and evidence of, a respect for diversity and inclusion. Applicants should have earned their doctoral degrees (Ph.D.) between January 1, 2018 and July 1, 2022.  Applicants with an understanding of the experiences of historically underrepresented scholars in higher education, or those from a non-traditional academic pathway are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions:

Prior to beginning the online application, individuals are encouraged to review the instructions and the requested materials. Applications are due by 11:59 pm Eastern on November 1, 2021. The application for the Texas A&M University’s ACES Fellows Program requires submission of the following online at  contact information, cover letter, CV, proposal of scholarly project(s), diversity statement, writing sample, and contact information for three references.

Interested candidates are encouraged to contact Dr. Roel Lopez to provide further background to the program and desired experiences for the department’s rebuilding strategy. Please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Inquiry – Visiting Assistant Professor” and include a CV for initial discussion.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability. Diverse perspectives, talents, and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values.