Assistant Professor of Biology

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Posting Number F0081 Department Assistant Professor of Biology Rank Assistant Professor Specialization Microbiology Tenure Status Tenure Track Position Summary

The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, is seeking qualified applicants with expertise in microbiology for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position that will begin in the fall semester of 2019. The person selected for this position must have earned a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline prior to July 1, 2019 and will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester; establish a research program that involves undergraduates; and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. Teaching duties will include an upper-level microbiology course, contributions to our introductory courses in cellular and molecular biology, in addition to upper-level courses within the candidate’s area of expertise. Individuals with postdoctoral experience, a passion for undergraduate teaching, and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

In addition to having a passion for undergraduate teaching, research and mentorship, the UNC Asheville faculty is committed to disciplinary teaching through an inter- and multi-disciplinary lens and providing a premier liberal arts education. Faculty members also teach across the University’s Liberal Arts Core (LAC) program, our required interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum in courses that include, but are not limited to: introductory (freshman) colloquia; diversity intensives; courses that satisfy the Scientific Perspectives, Social Science courses and Arts and Ideas requirements; courses within the Humanities Program; and LAC Senior Capstone courses.

UNC Asheville has been a national leader in undergraduate research for over 30 years, and a significant number of our students graduate each year having been involved in this important learning experience. The University fully embraces the idea of mentored undergraduate research being one of the highest forms of teaching, and the institution values success in this facet of a faculty member’s work. Therefore, the successful candidate for this position must be able to articulate a clear vision for a sustainable, highly productive, and externally funded undergraduate research program. UNC Asheville is committed to promoting diversity and a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and the ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Faculty members across campus and especially in STEM disciplines are encouraged to lead the institution’s efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion in the areas of pedagogy, programming, and service activity. Therefore, candidates interested in teaching science to and developing outreach activity for diverse student populations are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at Complete applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy that includes interest in or potential for interdisciplinary teaching outside of the department, statement of research philosophy and plan, diversity statement, and undergraduate and graduate transcripts. The diversity statement should describe: (a) the applicant’s experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and the applicant’s understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university. Each applicant should also request three letters of reference to be sent separately that address at minimum the candidate’s written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop a successful, externally funded research program. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Inquires may be directed to Dr. David Clarke ([email protected]), Chair, Department of Biology.

UNC Asheville is committed to equality and diversity of experiences for our students, applicants, or employees. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of socio-economic status, gender expression, gender and sexual identity, culture, or ideological beliefs. UNC Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will not discriminate against applicants or employees on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status with respect to all terms, conditions, and privileges of university-sponsored activities, employment, and the use of university facilities.


A PhD in Biology or an appropriate discipline with expertise in microbiology earned prior to July 1, 2019 is expected for this position. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate through application materials and in the interview that they have the ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; bring diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives into the classroom; and function professionally in a highly collaborative and increasingly diverse organization.

Months per Year 9 months Division Academic Affairs Department Biology Posting Detail Information

Special Instructions Summary

Please note that any documents submitted to Human Resources or the hiring departments become property of UNC Asheville and will not be returned.

Applications for this position should be submitted electronically at The applicant will enter information into the application system which will automatically request three letters of reference to be sent separately and confidentially that speaks to the candidate’s writing and interpersonal skills and ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students. Please, do not submit reference letters directly to the search chair.

Review of applications begins October 1st, 2018.

Inquiries only may be directed to Dr. David Clarke ([email protected]), Search Committee Chair. Please do not submit any materials to this email address. All application materials, including letters submitted separately by references or portfolio services, must be uploaded via the application portal.

Posting date 08/29/2018 Close date Open Until Filled Yes Anticipated Start Date Supplemental Questions

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  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
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  2. Have you already been awarded a Ph.D. in Biology? If your Ph.D. is in an appropriately related discipline, please indicate the discipline.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. If you are still working on your Ph.D., please indicate the anticipated completion date.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. If you have experience at a liberal arts institution, please indicate in what capacity (student, graduate student, post-doctoral researcher, faculty member, administrator, staff).

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcript
  5. Unofficial Graduate Transcript
  6. Research Philosophy and Description of Future Plans
  7. Diversity Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents
  2. Other Unofficial Transcript




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Posted: 12/30/2018
Application Due: 3/8/2019
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