Assistant Professor of Freshwater Sciences

Northeastern State University

Tahlequah, OK, USA 🇺🇸

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The Department of Natural Sciences at Northeastern State University (NSU) seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position for the newly established Freshwater Sciences program on the Tahlequah campus.  NSU is a predominantly undergraduate university of approximately 10,000 students. The main campus is located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with branch campuses in Broken Arrow and Muskogee. The Department of Natural Sciences within the College of Science and Health Professions has modern facilities on all three campuses, with recently constructed and equipped science complexes in Tahlequah and Broken Arrow.  The position will start on August 8, 2022.


1. The successful candidate will teach courses in the freshwater sciences program including Professions in Water Science, Water Regulation, Stream Ecology, elective offerings in Freshwater Sciences, and may include courses in biology, chemistry, or environmental science depending on the successful candidate’s area of expertise.  Teaching assignments may include both day and evening classes, teaching on multiple campuses, distance learning classes, and online or blended formats. While this position will be based on the Tahlequah campus, teaching responsibilities may extend to other NSU campuses as needed.
2. Be engaged in scholarly activities, which may include an externally funded research program that involves undergraduate students.
3. Advise students.
4. Serve on department, college, and university committees.
5. Possible participation in community outreach opportunities.
6. Perform other service duties typically associated with university faculty.


Minimum of 2 years experience in a field of freshwater sciences or related field is required, which may include graduate work. Desirable attributes include commitment to teaching excellence, the potential to develop a research program that includes undergraduates, responsiveness to student needs, good oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work in a team environment.


Ph.D. required, ABD considered in Freshwater Sciences or related field. Doctorate required for tenure track and rank of assistant professor.

Tenure Track

Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits

Projected hire date August 1, 2022

Applications accepted until October 31, 2021

NOTE:  Posting will close to applicants at ll:59 p.m., CST,  on the date above.  An application cannot be changed after it has been submitted.


Faculty teaching may include distance-based courses, including hybrid and fully online classes.
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The Biology Program in the Department of Natural Sciences offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Integrative Biology (Organismic Biology and Fish and Wildlife Biology) and Cell and Molecular Biology. The Department also offers a Master of Science degree in Natural Science. The Biology Program has 18 full time faculty members on its two campuses in Tahlequah and Broken Arrow; all have doctorates in their fields. Instruction is delivered via face-to-face classes, laboratories, interactive television classes, and online or blended formats. The science facilities are state of the art on both the Tahlequah and Broken Arrow campuses. Research is a major part of the Biology program and many biology majors are involved in research with faculty mentors. Biology faculty and their students publish journal articles and make presentations at professional scientific meetings. Biology faculty members have research grants from various funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.
Northeastern State University traces its roots back to the founding of the original Cherokee National Female Seminary in 1851, establishing NSU as a leader in education in Oklahoma. The City of Tahlequah, located at the foot of the picturesque Ozark Mountains in eastern Oklahoma, remains the capital of the Cherokee Nation. The Broken Arrow campus is located approximately 50 miles from the Tahlequah campus and is noted as a modern center of higher education in the Tulsa metro area.





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