BI206: Ecology (Winter 2023)

Date: Aug 5, 2022

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Science 

Department: Biology 

Campus: Waterloo 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 4785 



Position Title: BI206: Ecology 

Term: Winter 2023 (January 1 – April 30) 

Days/Times: T, R 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. 

Hours per week/Hours Total: 3 per week/36 total 

Anticipated Class Size: 200 

Additional Course Requirements: None 

Posted on: August 5, 2022 

Posting ends: August 20, 2022 


Position Summary:  

Ecology is the part of biology that examines the interrelationships between organisms and their environment, a topic that is critical for understanding the implications of the rapid environmental changes we are currently facing. This course will focus on the individual, population, and community levels of ecology. Each of these units will delivered in the context of societally important issues including ecosystem services, habitat loss and fragmentation, and climate change.   



Ecology expands and builds on the introduction to ecological concepts that you encountered in BI111. This semester we will be looking at foundational concepts in ecology, encompassing introductions to ecology across scales from population to landscape ecology, and how these concepts relate to current environmental and biodiversity issues. An in-depth examination of the ecological concepts is not feasible within the confines of this course, the goal is to give you an understanding of the interconnectedness of the foundational ecological concepts and how they are at play in the world around us. This course will not only give you the foundation on which to build in upper year biology and ecology courses but will also increase your scientific literacy.

By the end of the course, students should have:

1) Understanding of fundamental ecological principles and theories, including: an understanding of how individual organisms interact with their environment; an understanding of the growth and regulation of populations within suitable habitats across their ranges; an understanding of the nature of change within communities and ecosystems; and an understanding of important landscape level considerations.

2) Awareness of the interconnectedness among major ecological concepts and current ecological problems.

3) Ability to evaluate ecological research considering the current global and societal ecological needs, including climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, and ecosystem services.

4) Increased scientific literacy and further development of competencies including critical analysis of information, teamwork, communication, problem identification, and information synthesis.


Qualifications – Required: PhD in Biological Sciences 

Qualifications - Areas of Specialization: Ecology 

Salary: $8,414.99 

Application Deadline: August 20, 2022 


Submit with Application:  

Required for All Applicants 

  • CV (required) 

Required for External Applicants 

  • Names and Contact Information for Referees  
  • Evidence of Good Teaching 


  • Cover Letter 
  • Teaching Dossier 
  • Sample Course Outline (2-pages maximum) 


Applicants will be required to submit proof of academic credentials for highest degree prior to being awarded a contract. It is highly recommended that applicants include this verification with their application.  


Applications may be addressed to: 

Dr. Matt Smith 

Chair, Department of Biology 

Wilfrid Laurier University 

Waterloo, Ontario 


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This appointment is in accordance with the Contract Teaching Faculty and Part-time Librarians Collective Agreement, for which the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent.  All applicants are assessed using both the “Appendix H: Assessment of CTF Candidates under 13.6.1” in the collective agreement and the program specific rubric. Candidates should review these documents and ensure the information required is easily accessible in the application.  


Please Note:

For Supplementary Remuneration for large classes or multi-section courses, see Article 28.3

Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

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Members of the designated groups must self-identify to the appropriate Dean(s) to be considered for employment equity.

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