Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

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College of Arts and Sciences

Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

The department of Health Sciences at Stetson University invites applications for a visiting assistant professor position beginning January 2021. The position is a full-time, 9-month appointment that spans January 2021-May 2022 (3 semesters), with the possibility of renewal. In 2018, an $18 million gift for the enhancement of health and science education spurred new thinking about partnerships, interdisciplinarity, and plans for a new building (slated for occupancy in May 2022). It is an exciting time for health and science education at Stetson University.


The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a related field with demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates.  Candidates should have a strong commitment to innovative pedagogy. We are especially interested in candidates with experience mentoring undergraduate research projects and a record of scholarly publication. Postdoctoral experience is preferred but not required. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence; we are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in or record of scholarship in engaging students from diverse backgrounds.


Primary teaching responsibilities will include Anatomy & Physiology I and II lecture and lab courses and Senior Research Proposal/Project courses. The combined teaching load is equivalent to four course units per semester. Other courses will be based on the candidate's expertise and should complement and diversify our current course offerings and/or make a contribution to the General Education curriculum.

The Department:

We are a collegial group of scholars consisting of six faculty with strengths in developmental and cardiovascular physiology, aging, oncology and nutrition. We are deeply committed to effective teaching and to working with students in a mentoring capacity. 

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS):

Stetson’s College of Arts and Sciences ( is the largest and most diverse of the University’s colleges and schools; it includes the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, education, and creative arts.  With nineteen academic departments and ten interdisciplinary programs, the College is the liberal arts core of the University.  A great strength of the College is its faculty of approximately 140 full-time teacher-scholars.  The College offers 31 undergraduate majors and 34 undergraduate minors; graduate degrees are offered in Education, Counselor Education, and Creative Writing.  Every CAS undergraduate major requires a senior capstone project, providing students the opportunity to design and carry out quality, faculty-mentored research.  Our academic programs are shaped by the values of social justice and civic responsibility.  All of our courses and programs of study promote engaged learning, whereby students create connections between the classroom or lab and the local, regional, and global community. The new Cici and Hyatt Brown Hall for Health and Innovation, currently in the design phase, will be completed within the next two years. The academic programs of the College of Arts and Sciences prepare students to live significant lives, to interact with and positively affect the world around them.

The University: 

Founded in 1883, Stetson University ( is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4,300 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 3,000students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Counseling, and Creative Writing. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.

The Community:

DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 32,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.

Salary:  Salary is competitive.

Starting Date:  January 6, 2021


Applicants must send the following materials for consideration: 1) a cover letter that includes the candidate's philosophy of teaching and mentoring of undergraduate research in a liberal arts university, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student and/or peer evaluations), and 4) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  In the cover letter, candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to social justice, diversity and inclusion.
Reviews of complete applications will begin on October 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Application materials may be submitted electronically to Dr. Matthew Schrager at [email protected].  While electronic submissions are preferred, alternatively applications may be mailed to the following address:

Dr. Matthew Schrager, Search Committee Chair
Department of Health Sciences
Stetson University
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8317
DeLand, FL 32723


Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.




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Posted: 8/28/2020
Application Due: 10/27/2020
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