Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology

Sep 24, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology

About Westfield State University:
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:
Campus Title: Assistant Professor Evolutionary Biology
State Job Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Biology
Job Code: HA3200
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: 7115-6014
Bargaining Unit: MSCA
Job Type: Full Time -Tenure
Timeframe: Academic Calendar
Shift: Days
Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday
Salary: $60,000.00-$70,000.00

The College of Mathematics and Sciences (CMS) is comprised of six departments which all have the goal of engaging students through inquiry, innovation, and technology. Our academic focus is centered around our desire to learn about and improve the human condition and the natural world. Students are prepared for entrance into the workforce or advanced studies due to a strong academic foundation and experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and undergraduate research. CMS includes approximately 65 full-time faculty and 1000 students.

The Biology Department of Westfield State University seeks talented applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position in Evolutionary Biology beginning September 1, 2020.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

  • The successful candidate will be a broadly trained Evolutionary Biologist and have a record of outstanding teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Duties will include teaching Evolution and Introductory Biology, and advising undergraduate biology students.
  • The candidate is also expected to lead research involving undergraduate students.
  • Candidates should have the ability to work in a collegial environment and participate in service (committee work, etc.) in the department and University.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline, with a focus on evolutionary biology. ABD completed before September 1, 2020 will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching college-level Evolution and Introductory Biology.

Additional Information:
Salary is to commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:
An online application is required. A complete application includes:

Cover letter*
Curriculum vitae
Unofficial copies of all transcripts
Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
Contact information for three reference letter providers**

*In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.

**Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the Reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. [email protected])

Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019. The position will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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