Visiting Faculty in Ecology, Biology

Khorog, Tajikistan
12 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
10 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Duty station: Khorog, Tajikistan
Deadline: November 10th 2019 (applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
Duration: January 15 2020 - May 15 2020

Summary of Position and Key Responsibilities

The University of Central Asia is seeking a Visiting Faculty Member with a background in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or other interdisciplinary area to teach students Ecology and Advanced Ecology at the Khorog Campus in Tajikistan. In your role as a Visiting Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to helping students to learn about core concepts and theories in ecology and utilize ecological principles to address environmental issues. In the courses, students examine the interrelationships between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments, and describe the genetic, evolutionary, and ecological processes governing the patterns we observe in nature. The role of nature in human societies through ecosystem services is identified and human footprint on environment is assessed. By the end of the courses, students will be expected to apply ecological knowledge to new situations, and to integrate concepts from multiple sub-disciplines to solve enduring and current environmental problems.

Central to the vision of UCA is to create an outstanding teaching and research institution that excels in the generation and application of knowledge. Academic programmes combine the student-centred environment of a liberal arts college with the intellectual excitement of being at the frontiers of knowledge offered by a research university. The language of instruction for undergraduate studies is English, with a requirement that all undergraduate students are fluent in their native language and Russian. As a Visiting Faculty Member, you will be dedicated to teaching small classes and providing each student with personal academic attention to ensure they master and apply the material.

Required Qualifications and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree from an internationally recognized university in Ecology, Biology, Environmental Science or other interdisciplinary field.
  • Ph.D. from an internationally recognised university would be an asset 
  • University teaching experience preferred. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Desirable Attributes

Teaching Experience

  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching and students; preferably at least 3 years of experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy, i.e. developing new and interesting courses grounded in a discipline area and interdisciplinary in nature
  • Experience using innovative teaching methods and evaluation methodologies 
  • Experience in teaching in Central Asia would be a valuable asset


  • English is required, and some knowledge of Russian, or Tajik would be an asset

Timing and Location

  • In the 2019-2020 academic year, you teach classes at the:
  • Khorog Campus from  January 15 till  May 15 2020 

Salary and Package

Commensurate with qualification and experience to attract the best candidate.

The job description is subject to change.

How to Apply

To apply please send us a cover letter along with (1) an up-to-date resume; (2) a sample of any published work; (3) two references (one to attest to your teaching experience, and another to your research experience) and (4) teaching evaluations from the last three years of employment (if available) to by November 10th 2019. Please use: “Ecology Faculty Member” as the subject header and indicate how you heard about us.

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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.