Associate Professor

Drexel University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Title: Associate Professor – Betz Endowed Chair in Ecology, Department of Biodiversity, Earth, and Environmental Science (BEES)

Location: Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104

About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics and has recently recommitted to antiracism in its policies and practices via the implementation of recommendations from a university-wide Anti-Racism Task Force. Drexel is engaged in a major university initiative to focus research and teaching effort on global environmental awareness, sustainability, and climate-related studies, with opportunities for the Betz chair to play a role in these initiatives. Some relevant affiliations for the Betz Chair are noted below. 

Job Summary

The BEES Department invites applications for a tenure-track Professor at the Associate level or higher for the Betz Chair of Ecology. The position is an endowed university chair funded by the Betz Endowment at Drexel University. We seek an innovative scientist and an experienced leader to build a program at the interface of ecology and sustainability. We invite outstanding researchers whose work focuses on urban ecology, conservation, global change, climate change impacts and adaptation, or coupled human-natural systems. Candidates who utilize natural history collections in their research, or those with expertise or experience in environmental equity, systems thinking, and modeling, translational ecology, or community science are especially encouraged to apply. 

Essential Functions

  • Leadership – The position is intended to strengthen and build an interdisciplinary team in the areas of ecology and sustainability. Engagement with other college and university units including the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Environmental Collaboratory (see below) is expected. 
  • Teaching and Research– Applicants must have demonstrated capability of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as mentoring, academic management and grantsmanship.
  •  A strong program in extramural funding is expected to complement funding from the Betz Endowment. 
  • Service – In addition to leading in the areas noted above, service on relevant committees at the departmental, college, and university level are expected. 

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or Doctorate in ecology, environmental science, or related field.
  • 5+years of university-level teaching and research experience. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
  • Must be legally able to work in the United States if offered the position. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in a tenure-track position at university level. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Track record of high-level scholarly research and productivity, including extramural funding and peer reviewed publication. 


University City – Philadelphia PA

Special Instructions to the Applicant

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To apply please upload/include the following in PDF format (documents will be requested in the application process):

  1. Cover letter detailing research, teaching, and leadership experience. 
  2. Resume/CV with complete professional and academic history. 
  3. A brief statement summarizing your teaching philosophy, interests and experience.
  4. A statement summarizing your research, granting experience and future directions.
  5. A statement of relevant experience in leadership/program building, and vision/plans for developing a research program in ecology and sustainability. 
  6. A diversity statement that details your vision and experience with promoting inclusion in teaching, research and service.
  7. The names and e-mail addresses of at least three references. 

Letters of reference/recommendation will be requested from candidates who are invited for a remote Zoom interview. Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

Please address all queries to Dr. Tatyana Livshultz, Search Committee Chair (email:

About the BEES Department 
The BEES Department in the College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) comprises a diverse group of ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geoscientists, and environmental scientists, and offers majors in geoscience, environmental studies and sustainability, and environmental sciences with several tracks. We currently have 140 undergraduate and 40 graduate students within all three majors.  The Department is a leader in environmental research, aquatic ecosystem research, and biodiversity research. The successful candidate will be expected to take a leadership role in building upon this foundation in the broad area of ecology and sustainability.  The holder of the Betz Chair will be expected to contribute actively to the work outlined in the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, below.

BEES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

The BEES Department at Drexel University is firmly committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion for students, staff, and faculty. BEES has an Intersectional Nondiscrimination and Inclusion (INI) committee, comprised of faculty and students. In partnership with Drexel and the Academy of Natural Sciences, BEES is working towards transforming its practices and culture to embody IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Leadership) principals recognizing that these will lead to a more creative, engaged, and supportive community. BEES faculty can participate in initiatives promoting cultural competence, personal growth, and leadership development, such as training in anti-racist pedagogy, support for community-based learning initiatives, and a faculty environmental justice network. BEES faculty also can participate in University and ANS-associated affinity groups, and the newly developed Center for Black Culture. The Department actively promotes programs to address issues of inequality and inclusion in the university and in our fields of study.

Academy of Natural Sciences 

Many BEES faculty have joint appointments with the Academy of Natural Sciences (ANS) of Drexel, where they work as Curators in the Center for Systematic Biology and Evolution (CSBE) or as research scientists in the Patrick Center for Environmental Research (PCER).  ANS is the oldest natural history museum in the western hemisphere, and CSBE collections comprise more than 17,000,000 specimens of plants and animals widely used in research and education at levels from K-12 to university. The PCER, named after National Medal of Science winner and noted ecologist Dr. Ruth Patrick, is an important research center of ANS, with a long history of research and assessment on environmental issues, particularly in aquatic ecosystems.  

The Environmental Collaboratory 

The Environmental Collaboratory (TEC) is a major university initiative to address the environmental challenges facing society. TEC will be a groundbreaking approach that unites Drexel, the Academy, and communities of need in a shared endeavor to sustain our planet and mitigate its degradation. TEC will coordinate, develop, integrate, and resource research, education, civic engagement, and public programming to solve problems and shape culture. The search for an Executive Director is in progress.  

College of Arts and Sciences

The Drexel College of Arts and Sciences (CoAS) delivers a time-honored liberal arts education paired with Drexel’s renowned focus on applied learning through its co-operative education program. Our research and scholarship explore contemporary issues with an eye toward improving the common good. With a breadth of disciplines in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, the College is the perfect home for ambitious, curious scholars who seek to apply their learning in the service of humanity.


Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With approximately 26,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has built its global reputation on core achievements that include: Leadership in experiential learning through Drexel Co-op. A history of academic technology firsts. Recognition as a model of best practices in translational, use-inspired research. Founded in 1891 in Philadelphia, Drexel now engages with students and communities around the world via: Three Philadelphia campuses and other regional sites. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the nation’s oldest major natural science museum and research organization. International research partnerships including China and Israel. Drexel Online, one of the oldest and most successful providers of online degree programs. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top private 10 employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics. Drexel’s ongoing strategic plan, "Transforming the Modern Urban University," guides the University's 21st-century trajectory.
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