Fixed-Term Soil Ecologist, Assistant Professor/Instructor


Minnesota State University, Mankato is looking for a fixed-term Soil Ecologist for the 2019-2020 academic year. Details are listed below:

Soil Ecologist, Assistant Professor/Instructor (PRF #AA20129)
Position: Fixed Term
Location: Minnesota State Mankato, MN
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019
Salary: Depends on Qualifications


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses (lecture and labs) in the following areas: Soil Ecology (BIOL 412/512) and General Biology II (BIOL 106, large enrollment course).

  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credit hours per semester.

  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
    The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation.

  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate in a biological science, agronomy or a related field. (Doctorate must be conferred on an official transcript by January 8, 2020.)

  • Background or evidence of knowledge in soil biology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed above, along with additional courses depending on the department's needs.

  • Experience in one or more of the following: Plant-microbe interactions, agronomic systems, sustainable agriculture, biogeochemical cycling, hydric soils, soil ecology, fungal ecology, restoration ecology.

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.

  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.

  • Evidence of recent scholarly activity, including publications and/or professional presentations.

  • Post-doctoral experience.

Additional Information
The Department of Biological Sciences has 800 undergraduate students pursuing BS degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Sciences and 35 graduate students seeking MS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The Department currently has over 20 tenure-track faculty. More information on the Biology Department can be found here.

University Demographics

  • Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • Serving more than 18,000 students annually, the University enrolls 13% first generation university/college and 16% students of color. The University is a diverse and global campus with more than 1,300 international students from 90+ countries. In and around Greater Mankato, more than 8% of the population consists of non-native speaking populations. Minnesota State University, Mankato, features cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With nearly 2,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and adds $452 million to the Mankato economy.

  • Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

  • We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at here.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please send all attachments in one email to
Dr. Christopher Ruhland (contact info below). A complete online application will include the following attachment (Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee):

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  • Contact information for three(3) references

  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate's relevant graduate degree(s)

  • Cover Letter

  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment

  • A one (1) page statement of your teaching philosophy

  • A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests

Dr. Christopher Ruhland, Search Screening Committee Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
242 Trafton Science Center South
Phone: 507-389-1323
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization.

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