M’della Moon Endowed Chair in Botany and Environmental Science

Assistant Professor, full-time, tenure-track position

Position includes directing Bluffton University Nature Preserve

Ph.D. in botany, environmental science, or related field; experience or research in managing nature preserves; evidence of teaching excellence; ability to build connections across the academic community.


Responsibilities equally divided in two areas:

  • Nature Preserve management: Lead a campus committee to develop and implement a usage and management plan for the Nature Preserve, with an emphasis on developing distinct ecological zones within the preserve, removing invasive species, and planting native species. Assist with developing grant application for the Nature Preserve. Work with student groups and community volunteers to carry out needed work in the preserve.
  • Teach courses in botany/ecology/general education: Develop existing or new courses with a focus on the Nature Preserve as a learning laboratory.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education and experience within the university pay scale. 

APPOINTMENT: January 2023 preferred.

DEADLINE: Review of applications begins on October 1, 2022, and continues until position is filled.


Applications are considered complete when the following materials have been received at the office indicated below. See www.bluffton.edu for additional information.

  • Letter of interest
  • Resume or vita
  • Three letters of reference submitted directly from referee
  • Copies of transcripts
  • Supplementary application


Elaine Suderman

Assistant to the Academic Dean

Bluffton University

1 University Drive

Bluffton, OH 45817-2104


Employment decisions are based on merit and university needs, and not on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other status protected by law. As a religious institution, Bluffton University expressly reserves its rights to appoint faculty and staff who share a commitment to the Christian faith which is consistent with the Mennonite/Anabaptist beliefs of the university’s founding and supporting church. EOE.