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Sustainability Director Position with Tenured Faculty Appointment in Biology

The University of Detroit Mercy invites applications for a Sustainability Director in the College of Engineering and Science with a tenured appointment in the Department of Biology.  The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a science discipline that encompasses research in the environment or sustainability as their primary focus.  The credential of the best candidates will reflect the teacher scholar model of a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) with an outstanding and innovative teaching portfolio, a strong track record of funding and scholarship, and an established commitment to working with undergraduates in authentic research projects.  This strong candidate will also have a demonstrable commitment to social justice integrated into their teaching and research, evidence of strong engagement with the local community, and international partnerships which include student involvement in research.  These criteria must also align with the University’s commitment to social justice in an urban context and dedication to student academic success.  Finally, the work of this candidate must recognize the need for students to be prepared to engage a global community in their discipline as envisioned by the University and College’s mission and vision.

Duties of the Sustainability Director will be to work closely with the Dean on strategic initiatives that engage faculty and students in interdisciplinary activities across engineering and science, encourage faculty development through fund seeking activities and mentorship, and service on the ad hoc College Research Committee.  In addition, the Sustainability Director will also work in the community and with alumni to forge new strategic partnerships, external outreach and fundraising efforts and raising the visibility of the College and its programs.  The Sustainability Director will work closely with College faculty to develop new programming indicative of the changing marketplace with respect to sustainability and also expand the collaboration between different schools within the University.

As a faculty member, the strong candidate will shape new international engagement for faculty and students and develop a research portfolio that reflects community engagement with both local and international communities.  They will also be expected to teach several courses a year which reflect their expertise in the Department.

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private university, University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The University seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community.  The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

Interested candidates should apply by emailing a single portable document file (pdf) containing a Curriculum Vitae and cover letter, a one-page statement of research goals, a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for five references to Dr. Gary Kuleck at lewiskm2@udmercy.edu .  Review of applications will commence on February 20th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

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