Assistant Professor of Biology

Job description

Valparaiso University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology (  Candidates should be interested in excellence in undergraduate teaching practice and plan to maintain an active research program with undergraduate students.  The successful candidate will join a dynamic department of 14 full-time faculty who serve one of the largest majors on campus with 160 undergraduate majors in addition to students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions as well as Engineering.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field by the time of the appointment.  Teaching responsibilities for the year will likely include participation in anatomy and physiology labs, team-taught anatomy and physiology lecture and other introductory courses and labs, intermediate or upper-level course in area of specialty, and senior seminar.   Candidates should demonstrate experience or interest in teaching at a primarily undergraduate institution and be willing to engage in interdisciplinary conversation.  The successful candidate is expected to practice innovative teaching techniques and teach biological principles in an evolutionary context.  Although not required, preferred qualifications include an established record of teaching excellence and/or experience mentoring undergraduate research students.  The University provides faculty with core research facilities and equipment such as tissue culture, fluorescent microscopy, qPCR (, and start-up funds to support an active undergraduate research program.  Candidates should be interested in working at a university engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition.

Valparaiso University is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of over 3,500 students in five colleges.  The University is consistently recognized as one of the best private universities in the Midwest and is located in Valparaiso Indiana, a county seat of 30,000 residents.  Fantastic parks and recreation opportunities abound along Lake Michigan and both light rail and a commuter bus system are available in the region for easy travel to Chicago. Details about Valparaiso and the surrounding area can be found at (

As a campus with an increasingly diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students from underrepresented communities.  Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement, and three letters of reference to Interfolio at .  In your cover letter, please include brief statements of (a) how you might contribute to the university‚Äôs distinctive mission, and (b) what experiences you have had which will enable you to mentor a diverse student body.  Candidates should expect credentials will be confirmed prior to hire.  Employment will require a satisfactory criminal background check.  Applications will be considered until the position is filled; however, applicants are encouraged to apply by October 15, 2019 for timely consideration.

Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to develop and support its diverse community.  Its entire EOE policy can be found at .




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Posted: 9/19/2019
Application Due: 11/18/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Competitive