Monarch Watch Endowed Directorship & Professorship - 23423BR

Monarch Watch Endowed Directorship & Professorship

Department: 
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Location/Division: 
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp: 
Regular
Employee Class: 
F-Faculty

Position Overview

The University of Kansas seeks to fill a new Monarch Watch Endowed Directorship and Professorship. The position is offered at the ranks of Senior Scientist and Full Professor and will serve as a split appointment between the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research (60%) and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (40%). Applications are encouraged from highly qualified persons currently holding academic positions at the full professor/advanced associate level or currently working outside of academia whose record is commensurate with promotion to full professor. This position is a full-time, academic-year appointment and will begin 8/18/2023.

The University of Kansas is working to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU has committed actively to this goal by cultivating a work environment in which diverse cultures, identities, and ethnicities are appreciated and honored (see https://eeb.ku.edu/diversity for more information). We welcome in particular applicants representing demographics that have been historically excluded from or underrepresented in STEM disciplines and the academy.

Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas (KU) is the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution that is one of only 34 public members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). The university enrolls more than 28,000 students and is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. The Kansas Biological Survey (established in 1911) & Center for Ecological Research is a KU-designated research center and agency of Kansas. The center’s mission is to serve Kansas and the global environment through world-class ecological research, education, and outreach. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is one of the largest and most productive departments in this field offering teaching and research expertise from genes to ecosystems.

Monarch Watch is an internationally renowned organization that began in 1992 to promote education and conservation of monarch butterflies with the goal of sustaining the extraordinary monarch migration. The program is financially self-sustaining with four full-time staff and numerous hourly students. Operating from the University of Kansas, Monarch Watch was initiated by founder and director Dr. Chip Taylor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. The program and staff later became affiliated with the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research. Monarch Watch’s mission is, “to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration,” with an emphasis on “how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools.” Monarch Watch conducts research on monarch migration and population dynamics that are relevant to the conservation of this iconic species. Monarch Watch hosts public education and outreach events and encourages creation of monarch and pollinator habitats (Monarch Waystations) on private and public lands in eight countries. Monarch Watch manages a milkweed restoration program, recruits and manages Monarch Conservation Specialists who promote its mission, provide critical resources for monarchs, and supply milkweeds to the public throughout North America. Educational and biological materials are developed at Monarch Watch and widely distributed to schools. Looking to the future, Monarch Watch recognizes that efforts to educate governments and the public about the need to conserve monarchs and pollinators must increase to sustain the monarch migration.

Job Description

Position Overview continued:
This endowed position is a directorship in the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research and professorship in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. The senior scientist directorship within the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research will maintain and build upon programs developed by Monarch Watch and adapt programs to meet changing regulatory or ecological realities. The director represents Monarch Watch to university, scientific, and conservation-oriented communities, external agencies, and the public. Director administrative duties include working with KU Endowment to conduct fundraising campaigns to grow financial resources for unit operations; overseeing and planning use of endowment income; increasing public understanding of monarch and pollinator population dynamics and conservation needs; supervising Monarch Watch staff; and ensuring a community of collegiality, inclusion, and belonging in the workplace and at outreach events. The director serves as resource for media inquiries and documentaries on monarchs and other pollinators and disseminates migration discoveries and conservation outlook to scientific and public audiences. As a senior scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research and as a full professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the director will be expected to sustain an independent and externally-funded research program in the area of insect ecology or related discipline. The director will also have an obligation to teach and conduct service in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. All departmental responsibilities will be carried out in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities & Conduct. Each year, the director will contribute to and be evaluated on teaching, research, and service in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as professional performance, research, and service in the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research.

Job Duties:
60% Directorship – Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research


75% KBS-CER (45% total KU appointment) – Professional Performance/Monarch Watch Administration
  • Further the development of Monarch Watch as an international resource for research and education on monarch migration and other pollinators.
  • Develop an inspiring and adaptable vision and mission that will guide the future direction and priorities of Monarch Watch into the uncertain future for this threatened species.
  • Use administrative and entrepreneurial skills and contacts with professional organizations to expand the international reach of Monarch Watch.
  • Support Monarch Watch’s education and outreach programs and expand the contribution of Monarch Watch to the education and service missions of the broader university.
  • Maintain and increase financial resources by building a large base of support for Monarch Watch within and outside the university and pursuing external funding from federal, state, and local government, community, and foundation-based sources.
  • Supervise staff who carry out the mission of Monarch Watch.
  • Serve as a resource about monarchs for documentaries and the press.
  • Promote an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment.
16% KBS-CER (10% total KU appointment) – Research
  • Conduct an active research program in insect ecology, pollination biology, or conservation biology.
  • Secure external funding for research.
  • Disseminate results from research in peer-reviewed journals.
9% KBS-CER (5% total KU appointment) – Service related to Monarch Watch Administration
  • Represent Monarch Watch on university or State committees.
  • Participate in one standing KBS-CER standing committee relevant to administration of Monarch Watch.
40% Professorship – Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

40% EEB (16% total KU appointment) – Research
  • Conduct an active research program in insect ecology, pollination biology, or conservation biology.
  • Secure external funding for research.
  • Disseminate results from research in peer-reviewed journals
  • Foster and direct graduate student education and research.

40% EEB (16% total KU appointment) – Teaching
  • Teach courses in area of expertise (e.g., pollination biology, ecology, or conservation).
  • Participate in mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

20% EEB (8% total KU appointment) – Service
  • Contribute to the service of the department, college, and university.
  • Provide service to the broader scientific community.
Faculty Code

Faculty members are expected to carry out their responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, currently viewable at: http://policy.ku.edu/FacultyCodeKULawrence/faculty-code-of-rights

Required Qualifications

The following required qualifications will be assessed through application materials.
  1. Doctorate in Biology or related field from an accredited college or university and eligibility for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor in KU’s Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.
  2. Administrative experience in academia, non-profit organizations, scientific societies, or other relevant realms that demonstrates leadership and management oversight of finances, personnel, and programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage and work with educators, learners, and outreach partners.
  4. Teaching experience at either the undergraduate or graduate level.
  5. Record of scholarly achievement in a field related to insect ecology, pollination biology, or conservation, demonstrated by refereed publications and research grants with the promise of continued activity.
  6. Excellent communication skills as demonstrated through application materials and interviews.
  7. Experience serving as a resource for the public through informative presentations or interacting with the press.
  8. Record of promoting diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Additional Candidate Instructions

For a complete announcement and online application visit https://employment.ku.edu/academic/23423BR. A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) a research statement (up to two pages); (4) a statement of leadership philosophy and activities (up to three pages); and (5) the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for at least three references.

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. Applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application: “Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”

Application review will begin on December 1, 2022 and will remain open until the position is filled.

Contact Information to Applicants

Prof Bryan Foster
Search Chair
bfoster@ku.edu

Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience

Application Review Begins

01-Dec-2022

Anticipated Start Date

18-Aug-2023

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Posting Information
Posting ID:
23423BR
Department:
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Primary Campus:
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Reg/Temp:
Regular
Employee Class:
F-Faculty
Application Review Begins:
01-Dec-2022