The George Mason University, Department of Environmental Science and Policy ( ESP) in the College of Science ( COS) invites applications for a full-time, 9-month Term Assistant Professor position in Marine Conservation and Policy, beginning August 2018. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


We seek applications from candidates with an interdisciplinary background who are able to contribute to studying natural science, social science, policy, and interdisciplinary questions on marine conservation. Specific duties include a 4:4 teaching load undergraduate and graduate courses in Marine Conservation and Policy. We are especially interested in applicants who are able to teach Marine Ecology, Marine Conservation, Marine Policy, Marine Biology and Conservation, Marine Communication, or related courses. The incumbent may also advise undergraduate and graduate students; and collaborate with other members of the department and university in teaching, and research. The successful candidate will perform service and outreach activities to a range of stakeholders including the university, broader academic community, resource managers, government, and non-profit organizations

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of a PhD in marine conservation, marine biology, marine policy, or a closely related field prior to the start of the appointment;
  • Postdoctoral research fellowship experience;
  • The ability to effectively organize and teach courses in marine conservation and policy; and
  • The ability to communicate scientific knowledge to a diverse range of stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with global marine conservation issues;
  • Peer-reviewed publications;
  • Additional experience in environmental science/marine policy.

About us:

The Environmental Science and Policy Department ( ESP) offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, a B.A. degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, an M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy, and a Ph.D. program in Environmental Science and Public Policy. The Department also partners with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation to offer graduate level courses in biodiversity conservation. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, including the new Potomac Science Center ( PSC) in Belmont Bay which houses the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center ( PEREC). For more information about ESP, visit us at https://esp.gmu.edu/.

The College of Science ( COS) at George Mason University blends traditional science education with sought-after programs in molecular medicine, climate dynamics, planetary science, forensic science, environmental studies, and geoinformation science to prepare students for exciting careers at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary scientific domains. While serving as a vital community and regional resource for teaching and learning through hands-on programming for kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12) students, teacher training, and outreach programs, the college also undertakes pioneering research endeavors that offer insight and solutions to the complex issues that challenge today’s world. For more information about COS, visit us at http://cos.gmu.edu/.

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, please complete the online application and attach a cover letter, resume, a list of three professional references with contact information, and a philosophy of teaching statement.

Equity Statement:

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.