Help me identify newly-hired N. American tenure-track asst. profs in ecology and allied fields

Once again this year I’m attempting to identify everyone who was hired into a tenure-track asst. professor position in ecology or an allied field at a N. American college or university in the 2017-18 job season. This will be my third year of compiling these data, which provide a useful statistical overview of recently-hired ecology faculty. For many purposes, it’s much more useful to look at recent hires rather than at all faculty, since most faculty were hired many years ago, when all sorts of things were different in all sorts of ways.

Once again this year, I’m asking for your help. This Google Docs spreadsheet tries to list all tenure-track positions in ecology and allied fields advertised at N. American colleges and universities in the now-nearly-complete 2017-18 job season. If you know who was hired to fill one or more of the listed positions, please email me with this information (

Please also contact me about people hired to fill any N. American tenure-track asst. professor of ecology positions not listed on the spreadsheet. The spreadsheet doesn’t include all advertised positions (though it gets fairly close), and it doesn’t include unadvertised positions such as spousal hires. Hires are hires; I draw no distinction between advertised hires and other hires.

Please also contact me if you know that a search failed. This saves me the time of trying to identify a non-existent hire.

Before you email me, please read the following:

I only want information that’s been made publicly available, for instance via an official announcement on a departmental website, or by someone tweeting something like “I’ve accepted a TT job at Some College, I start Aug. 1!” If you want to pass on the information that you yourself have accepted a faculty position, that’s fine too. All you’re doing is saving me from googling publicly-available information myself to figure out who was hired for which positions. Please do not contact me to pass on confidential information, in particular confidential information about hiring that has not yet been totally finalized.

Please do not contact me with nth-hand “information” you heard through the grapevine. Not even if you’re confident it’s reliable.

I’m only interested in N. American tenure-track asst. professors who are “ecologists”, broadly defined. That basically means:

  • anybody hired into a position with “ecology” or an ecological term in the job title (including positions like “evolutionary ecology”, “paleoecology”, “biodiversity”, etc.)
  • anybody hired into a position in closely-allied fields like conservation biology, wildlife, fisheries, rangelands, etc.
  • people who are ecologists, but who were hired into broadly-defined positions such as “biologist”, “plant biologist”, “vertebrate biologist”, “biostatistician”, etc. A substantial proportion of academic ecologists hold those sorts of broadly-defined positions, so it would be weird not to include them.
  • People who are really ecologists, but who got hired into positions with very different on-paper titles like “computational genomics” or “anatomy and physiology” or etc. Those positions aren’t listed on the spreadsheet, but if you know of an ecologist who was hired during the 2017-18 job season to fill such a position, please let me know.

If in doubt, contact me with the information and let me decide whether to count the hire in question as an “ecology” hire.

One thought on “Help me identify newly-hired N. American tenure-track asst. profs in ecology and allied fields

  1. Pingback: Many ecologists’ beliefs about various aspects of the ecology faculty job market are too pessimistic | Dynamic Ecology

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