Visiting Assistant Professor (Non-Tenure Track)
The Department of Biology at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) invites outstanding applications for a non-tenure track Teacher-Scholar Fellow at the rank of Visiting Assistant Professor, starting August 2017. The position is intended for a recent Ph.D. recipient and/or post-doctoral fellow in any area of biology. The successful candidate should be interested in pursuing an academic career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) where teaching and research are both valued and integrated. The position is offered for one year, with potential for renewal for a second year.
The selected Fellow will work closely with experienced faculty mentors gaining professional development in pedagogy, course development, grant proposal writing, and student mentoring. The Fellow will have an opportunity to develop an independent research program involving undergraduates, gain teaching experience, and receive mentoring toward attainment of a full-time, tenure-track position at a PUI. The Fellow will have an office, research lab space, and access to state-of-the-art, shared-use equipment and facilities (electron, confocal, and epifluorescent microscopy, qPCR, NanoDrop, greenhouse, etc.). For field biologists, there are numerous potential study sites near campus. The fellowship includes funding for research supplies and professional travel to scientific/professional development conferences.
Teaching duties will include introductory, mid-level, and advanced courses, with the opportunity to develop a course in the applicant's area of expertise. The Fellow will associate with an existing faculty member(s) who will serve as the Fellow's mentor(s). Please visit the departments website for information on our faculty members and their research interests: http://biology.tcnj.edu/.
Founded in 1855, TCNJ is a selective public PUI that has earned national recognition for its commitment to excellence. TCNJ emphasizes the residential experience for our nearly 6,500 undergraduate students, 30% of whom are self-described as members of groups traditionally underrepresented in academe and STEM. Students benefit from a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 21 students, which has led to TCNJ attaining a first-year to sophomore retention rate of 94% and a graduation rate of 86%. TCNJ has also received national recognition for the adoption and promotion of the teacher-scholar model for our faculty and deep engagement of our undergraduates in research. TCNJ was awarded the inaugural "Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment" from the Council of Undergraduate Research in 2016. In part because of TCNJ's intentional and comprehensive integration of research into our undergraduate curricula and institutional culture, an increasing number of TCNJ graduates have pursued and completed doctoral degrees over the past ten years. TCNJ was awarded, in 2006, a Phi Beta Kappa chapter - an honor shared by less than 10 percent of colleges and universities nationally. A strong liberal arts core forms the foundation for programs offered through TCNJ's seven schools-Arts and Communication; Business; Education; Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and Science. TCNJ is located within an hour, by train, of New York City and Philadelphia. The College's campus is set on 289 tree-lined acres in suburban Ewing Township and is known for its natural beauty. For more information, visit www.tcnj.edu.
Applicants should send (a) a letter of application, (b) curriculum vitae, (c) statement of teaching philosophy, (d) statement of research interests, (e) statement of commitment to inclusivity and diversity, (f) representative publications, and (g) all graduate and undergraduate transcripts; these should be compiled into a single PDF file. Applicants should also arrange for three current letters of recommendation to be sent via email. All e-mail correspondence should have the applicant's name and TSF Search in the subject line and should be sent to Luz Morales (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, but applications should be received by June 15, 2017 to receive full consideration. Final offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation.
To enrich education through diversity, The College of New Jersey is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. TCNJ has also been a proud recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant, which has worked to support the careers of women faculty members in STEM disciplines by developing systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women.
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