Soil Ecologist, Associate/Assistant Professor

Minnesota State University Published: January 18, 2019
Mankato, Minnesota
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Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

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.

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at our website.

Position Overview

Minnesota State Mankato is currently seeking a Soil Ecologist, Associate/Assistant Professor. The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the following areas: Soil Ecology (BIOL 412/512); Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrients (to be developed); Intro to Soil Science (BIOL/GEOL 104; team-taught); General Biology II (BIOL 106, large enrollment course).


  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • This position will advise graduate majors.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credits per semester of instruction.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • 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 and received in Human Resources by January 8, 2020.)
  • A successful research record focused on soil ecology, sustainable agriculture, agronomic systems, fungal-soil interactions, restoration ecology or related field as evidenced by extramural funding, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or postdoctoral experience.
  • Background or evidence of knowledge in soil biology.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • 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 ability to teach the courses listed above, along with additional courses depending on the department's needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain an active research agenda.
  • 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.

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*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found here.

To Apply

Please click "Apply on Company Website" below, select the job title, and click the green "Apply" button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

Application Deadline: Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 31, 2019.

Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019

Required Documents:

  • 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

Contact Information:

Dr. Matthew Kaproth, Search Screening Committee Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
242 Trafton Science Center South
Phone: 507-389-2787
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

~ 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 ~

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