Assistant Professor

Job description

Request/Posting Number 0712494
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor of Conservation Biology
Job Class # 000000
Type of Position Faculty
Percent Appointment: 1-100 (For Student Employment and Graduate Assistant Only; state hours per week) 100% FTE
Department Biological Sciences (School of) - 04120000
Job Category Faculty - Tenure Track
General Summary The School of Biological Sciences at Illinois State University in Normal, IL ( invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track position in Conservation Biology at the level of Assistant Professor. The School of Biological Sciences comprises 26 faculty, approximately 65 graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.), and over 750 undergraduate majors. It offers a collegial environment fostering collaboration among organismal biologists, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, and neuroscientists.

The School of Biological Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community, recognizing that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the scholarly experiences for the ISU campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply. We are sensitive to the needs of dual career couples.

We seek candidates whose research addresses contemporary issues in conservation biology, broadly defined. We are particularly interested in candidates that bridge conservation with related fields such as evolution, ecology, genetics, or physiology, and are able to contribute to course offerings in conservation biology at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Successful candidates are expected to establish a rigorous, nationally recognized, extramurally funded research program, mentor B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. students in their research groups, and have the ability to provide effective, evidence-based instruction in their discipline. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and post-doctoral experience are required. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement of this position. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Additional Information: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of ISU, including 2,500 graduate students. ISU is committed to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. Illinois State made U.S. News & World Report's 2016 rankings of America's best public national universities based on academic quality and excellence. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Illinois State University one of the "Great Colleges to Work For" for a third year in a row. The University's graduation rate of 68.8 percent is 23 percent above the national average. Student success after graduation is also reflected in the University's low student loan default rate of 3 percent. Our faculty embrace Illinois States "gladly we learn" motto with ground-breaking research that involves students in areas of discovery that are transformative for living in a complex, global world. A sampling of the college's research projects include recently funded NIH and NSF grants in immunology to study how B Cells can protect against infections (Dr. Vogel), the genetic underpinnings of muscular dystrophy (Dr. Vrailas Mortimer), temperature regulation in the nervous system (Dr. Stein), and how neurons mediate magnetoreception (Dr. Vidal-Gadea). Faculty are supported by staff members in the Research and Sponsored Programs, who provide technical assistance for grant applications, oversight of sponsored programs, and guidance and help with grant proposals.

ISU is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a population of approximately 167,000. The community is home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Lincoln College, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Advocate Bromenn Medical Center, Country Financial, and State Farm Insurance International Headquarters. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and educational attainment, parks and recreation, health care, job growth, economic opportunity, and low crime. Forbes magazine, in a review of the best places for business, ranked Bloomington-Normal the 15th best place for business out of 168 small metros listed. Bloomington was placed on CNNMoney's list of the 100 Best Places to Live and was ranked #2 on Kiplinger's list of Top 10 cities in the US. Normal was ranked #3 on the list of Best Small College Towns in America by College Values Online. Huffington Post named Bloomington one of the "11 Amazing Cities You've Never Thought To Live In, But Should." Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield, many of which are accessible by Amtrak Train. For more information on our community, please visit (
Required Qualifications 1. A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and post-doctoral experience.
2. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for teaching positions.
Desired Qualifications:
Necessary Licenses/Certifications/Degrees A Ph.D. in the specific field of biology or a closely related field, and post-doctoral experience.
Hiring Rate/Range
Work Hours Varies
Proposed Starting Date: 08/16/2020
Posting date 09-11-2019
Closing date Open Until Filled
Special Instructions to Applicants For full consideration, please complete an online faculty application and submit the following documents:

1. cover letter
2. curriculum vitae
3. two-page research statement (listed as research agenda)
4. one-page teaching philosophy
5. PDF of three representative publications (listed as writing sample 1, 2, 3)
6. names and e-mail addresses for three references

Review of applications will begin on October 14, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Intended start date is August 16, 2020.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at 309-438-3383.
Contact Information Dr. Rachel Bowden
[email protected]
Departmental Homepage
Required Applicant Documents PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply For This Posting". Cover Letter
Reference List
Writing Sample
Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Research Agenda
Writing Sample 2
Writing Sample 3
Optional Applicant Documents
Civil Service Test Not Applicable
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Posted: 9/12/2019
Application Due: 12/11/2019
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