Director of John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center

Alliance, Ohio
Competitive, based on qualifications.
Oct 16, 2017
Dec 15, 2017
Organization Type
University and College

Director of John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center

University of Mount Union

The Department of Biology at the University of Mount Union invites applicants for the directorship of the University’s John T. Huston-Dr. John D. Brumbaugh Nature Center to begin July 1, 2018. The director will also hold a tenure-track faculty appointment in Biology at the Assistant or Associate Professor level depending on qualification and experience.

The Nature Center sits on a 162-acre site located 6 miles south of the University campus. The Nature Center provides opportunities for enjoying and learning about natural and cultural heritage for Mount Union students, school and youth groups and members of the community. The Nature Center Director will be responsible for administering the center, supervising the six-member staff, overseeing land stewardship of the property, coordinating educational programming and managing marketing and community outreach. The Nature Center Director will offer strategic insight and advice on the evolution and advancement of ongoing and future sustainability initiatives and programs at Mount Union. Details of the Nature Center’s activities and facilities are available at:

Further detailed descriptions of the role of the Nature Center Director can be found at
Primary teaching responsibilities for the half-time teaching load include ecology, conservation biology and environmental science courses. Additional responsibilities include development of a research program involving undergraduate students, participation in student advising and faculty governance.

Ph.D. in biology or environmental science area. Candidates will be expected to have completed their degree by the time the position is available. Experience in the operation of a nature center, research station, and/or land trust is desirable.

July 1, 2018; 12-month contract

Competitive, based on qualifications. Fringe benefits include a 10% contribution by the University to TIAA/CREF after one year of service; contribution by the University toward hospitalization, major medical, disability, and group life insurance; tuition exchange for qualified dependents.

Equal Opportunity:
The University of Mount Union is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Mount Union prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability, or genetic information in student admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or employment as now or may hereafter be required by university policy and federal or state law.

Academic Rank:
Assistant or Associate Professor level depending on qualification and experience.

Descriptive Information:
The University of Mount Union, a private institution founded in 1846, offers a rigorous and relevant academic program that is grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Mount Union’s 2,200 students can select from 62 broad-based and career-specific undergraduate majors as well as graduate programs in physician assistant studies and educational leadership. Known for its personal approach, the institution boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and a curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty members, the vast majority of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields.

Over the past 10 years, nearly $110 million has been invested in the construction and renovation of modern facilities including a recreation center, apartment-style housing options, health and medical sciences facility and performing arts center. Primarily residential in nature, Mount Union’s picturesque 123-acre campus is located in Alliance, OH (population 23,000), within 80 miles of both Cleveland and Pittsburgh. An additional 162-acre Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center is located six miles away. The University’s endowment is in excess of $142 million.

The University, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is committed to providing a student-centered approach and an exceptional educational experience, offering an array of activities for cultural, civic and social development. Students experience outstanding opportunities for success after graduation, both in the workforce and graduate study. For more information, visit

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, explanation of skills for the directorship of the nature center and teaching philosophy in electronic form by December 1, 2017 at

Three letters of recommendation should be independently sent to the HBNC Director Search Committee via email at:

Please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Lin Wu at with questions about the position.