Myra N. Williams, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar in Marine Conservation Biology, Associate/Full Professor

Fort Myers, Florida
$125,000- Negotiable
Oct 11, 2021
Dec 10, 2021
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R0002091 Myra N. Williams, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar in Marine Conservation Biology, Associate/Full Professor

Job Summary

The Water School at FGCU ( is hiring 15 faculty for Fall 2022 across a range of disciplines related to water and the environment. The Water School is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together faculty from five colleges and schools representing 15 departments to focus on the environmental, economic, and human dimensions of coastal resilience, ecosystem integrity, health and wellbeing, and restoration and remediation.

This appointment will be made at the rank of Associate/Full Professor and Eminent Scholar in the Department of Marine and Earth Sciences.

The Myra N. Williams, Ph.D., Eminent Scholar in Marine Conservation Biology, Associate/Full Professor will teach undergraduate and graduate courses and will have the opportunity to develop new courses, build a productive program of research that involves students, participate on university committees, and perform other duties as assigned. The successful candidate is expected to address pressing management issues along the Southwest Florida coast such as loss of live bottom communities and fishery habitats offshore and degradation and loss of essential nearshore habitats (oyster reefs, seagrass meadows, mangrove islands and fringe). Areas of specific research might include connecting socioeconomics to restoration decisions, integrating the use of comprehensive ecosystem plans in fisheries conservation and management, or evaluating changes in marine ecosystem services as a result of climate change.

Applicants will be expected to collaborate with faculty members within The Water School and work with coastal resource managers and decision-makers, community stakeholders, and restoration practitioners to advance recommendations for marine resource conservation or restoration.

This position represents a research and outreach intensive role. The candidate will be expected to develop a successful research program that disseminates research findings to the region and the academic community, as appropriate, and to acquire external support. As a senior member of the faculty, the successful candidate will be expected to serve as a mentor to more junior faculty.

FGCU is dedicated to quality education, research, and service. Faculty are expected to be excellent teachers who are responsive to changing professional needs, committed to innovative delivery of instruction that results in improved student learning, produce high-quality peer reviewed scholarship, and serve the university and the local community, as appropriate. Primary teaching responsibilities will be on the main campus, with potential to teach courses at our Everglades Wetland Research Park ( in Naples and Vester Marine Field Station ( in Bonita Springs.

With an enrollment of 16,000 students, FGCU has a main campus of 800 acres with LEED-certified buildings and 400 acres of protected habitat. The university’s award-winning initiatives in education, energy production, research, and sustainable practices make us one of the nation’s greenest campuses. FGCU is located in beautiful Southwest Florida, known for its beaches, resorts, nature preserves, and outdoor recreation. Located between the cities of Fort Myers and Naples, FGCU is just two hours by car from the major cities of St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Miami, and 15 minutes from the Southwest Florida International Airport. The region is surrounded by water—important estuaries to the north, Lake Okeechobee to the east, the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay to the south—providing an unparalleled setting to study all facets of water and environmental issues.

FGCU aspires to be an inclusive working and learning environment where students, faculty, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural worldview. We collectively stand against any practices of discrimination, intolerance, expressions of hate, or disrespect. We are committed to preparing students to understand, appreciate, and live and work in a diverse community of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, religious beliefs, abilities, ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, cultural traditions, and family statuses.

We seek colleagues who promote and embrace diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. The Water School encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply for these positions because FGCU will thrive and attain excellence only through a commitment to equality.

Job Description


Typical duties may include but are not limited to:


  • Develop and teach assigned courses: prepare syllabi and instruction materials, coordinate lectures, evaluate students and maintain highest possible standards of classroom instruction.
  • Collaborate with other faculty to develop/revise curriculum.
  • Develop and maintain an independent and productive research program that also involves students.
  • Mentor undergraduate and graduate students, as appropriate, in research.
  • Seek external funding to support research program, including students.
  • Demonstrate quality of research through peer-review.
  • Stay current with new developments in field of instruction and maintain disciplinary skills through professional development activities appropriate to higher education faculty.
  • Actively serve on university committees and participate in institutional meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Additional Job Description

Required Qualifications


  • Ph.D. in Fisheries Science, Marine Biology, Marine Science, Biological Oceanography, Conservation Biology or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent accreditation, with a record of research publications in scholarly journals.
  • Evidence of scholarly expertise related to marine conservation biology.
  • Must meet university criteria for appointment at the rank of Associate/Full Professor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred candidates are those whose teaching and research experience and interests align with the programs and mission of The Water School.
  • Strong research agenda and high research productivity in the field of marine conversation biology.
  • Interdisciplinary teaching and research perspective with well-defined research goals. Willingness to engage in service opportunities commensurate with career maturity.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Familiarity with and use of diverse and innovative teaching approaches to engage students and ensure student learning.
  • Demonstrated development and use of skills appropriate to the discipline, including grant writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct independent research and involve students in research. 
  • Ability to mentor students in research with the students’ learning and training in mind.  
  • Ability to contribute effectively and collegially to a positive, dynamic, civil, and inclusive learning and working environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Appointment will be made on a 9-month multi-year appointment basis available August 2022.

Because applications and materials are subject to public review and retention under Florida’s Public Records Law, please DO NOT send examples of your project/ scholarship unless requested to do so. Therefore all submitted materials including articles, disks, slides, books, etc., become the property of FGCU and CANNOT BE RETURNED. As applicable, finalists will be notified of the need to submit specific additional materials. Such materials will become the property of FGCU.


Under Florida’s Public Records law, applications will be available for public review upon request.


The position is listed as “open until filled”, however applications received by October 30, 2021 will receive priority consideration.

Salary: $125,000- Negotiable

FGCU is an EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability Employer