Associate Professor of Biology (Animal Physiologist)

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Job location: San Antonio TAMUSA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-09
Req: R-033764
Job Title

Associate Professor of Biology (Animal Physiologist)


Texas A&M University - San Antonio


Department of Life Sciences

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

San Antonio, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

The Department of Life Sciences at Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) seeks applications for a full-time tenure-track Associate Professor of Biology with expertise in Animal Physiologybeginning fall 2021. While the area of inquiry is open, preference will be given to candidates whose work uses interdisciplinary approaches to the study of vertebrates that can be successfully conducted at a primarily undergraduate institution with a new and developing master's program. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue external funding and actively publish in his/her area ofexpertise. Candidates with experience on institutional animal care and use committees (IACUC) are preferred. The candidate will be expected to mentor undergraduates and graduate students from a new Master's program. The candidate will also be a dedicated teacher who will offer lecture and laboratory instruction in Animal Physiology, Vertebrate Zoology, and related areas at the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, the candidate is expected to contribute to the teaching of 1000 level courses such as Attributes of Life Systems (General Biology I) and Organismal Biology (General Biology II). The department seeks excellence in instruction, research, and service. The typical teaching load for active researchers is a 3/3. Summer teaching assignments may be available, but are not guaranteed.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio (A&M-SA) has approximately 6,700 students enrolled in undergraduate programs and select graduate programs. Previously an upper division-only institution, it transformed rapidly into a comprehensive 4-year urban university with the first cohort of freshmen and sophomores admitted in Fall 2016. Part of the statewide Texas A&M University System, the
University is a Hispanic Serving Institution and a women student majority institution. As such, the successful candidate must be willing to work in a collaborative and fast-paced environment and be familiar with the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, culturally diverse student body.

A&M-SA faculty and staff are working to implement data driven and proven practices in teaching and learning, including experiential learning, which lead to student persistence and college completion. It seeks faculty who are committed to this vision and are willing to innovate and experiment. A&M-SA is committed to diversity among faculty and inclusive excellence. This commitment is based on the belief that a diverse faculty enhances the breadth, depth and quality of our students' educational experiences by providing a variety of role models and mentors for our diverse student population, which helps us to attract, retain, and graduate such students more successfully.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Teach the equivalent of 18 course credits per academic year (3/3 teaching load) in courses such as Animal Physiology, Vertebrate Zoology, and Organismal Biology
  • Teach biology courses at undergraduate through graduate levels
  • Help equip and manage a new research laboratory
  • Develop research at A&M-SA that results in data collection, analysis, and manuscripts for publication
  • Pursue external sources of funding
  • Service and committee work at the program, department, college, university, community, and profession levels

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. from an accredited university in Biology, Zoology, or related field
  • A minimum of two-years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience serving as an instructor of record at the college/university level
  • The ability to perform service and committee work at the program, department, college, university, community, and professional levels
  • The ability to mentor undergraduate and master's students in research

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience serving on Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC)
  • Demonstrated experience with contemporary instructional technologies, distance learning platforms, and video conferencing tools
  • Evidence of mentoring undergraduate and or graduate students in biology-related research
  • Awareness and understanding of the needs of a non-traditional, first-generation, diverse student body
  • Experience with high-impact educational practices such as writing intensive courses, service or experiential learning, and undergraduate research

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others
  • Strong self-discipline and ability to work independently
  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to interact with students from diverse backgrounds


Applicants must complete the application/faculty form as well as upload a letter of interest and their curriculum vitae on our employment system: External
Please make sure to provide the following documents:

  • Application
  • A Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A cover letter
  • Overview of research experiences and current research agenda (2 pages or less)
  • Overview of teaching experiences and teaching philosophy (2 pages or less)
  • Contact information for three references that will provide letters of recommendation, if requested.

Please ensure that all required documents are uploaded prior to submitting an application. Once the application process is submitted, no changes or revisions may be made.

Only applicants who are invited for an interview will be asked to submit three letters of recommendation to the Search Committee Chair. The letters of recommendations should be written on letterhead, be less than one year old, and must bear the writer's actual signature. The letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically as a PDF attachment with the subject heading
"Biology Program-Letter of Recommendation" to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Megan Wise de Valdez at

Review of applications will begin one month after posting, and will continue until the position is filled.

If selected for the position, prior to issuing a letter of appointment, the official transcripts must be received directly from each degree-granting institution. We cannot accept transcripts issued directly to the candidate. lf transcripts are from an international institution, it is the responsibility of the
prospective candidate to have the transcript translated, evaluated and notarized.

Hard Copies of Official transcripts should be sent to the address listed below:

Associate Professor of Biology-Animal Physiology Position
c/o Cynthia Alejos (e-mail:
Texas A&M University- San Antonio
Department of Life Sciences
One University Way
San Antonio, Texas 78224

Verified Electronic Copies of Official transcript should be sent to:

  • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation to be hired for the position.
  • The above duties may not be performed in every position with this title and the above functions may not include all related duties that might be performed. This position requires physical activities supportive of the above job duties. Reasonable accommodations will be made as necessary.
  • If you are male age 18-25 you must be properly registered with Selective Service System to be eligible for hire.
  • Texas A&M University-SA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to provide equal employment opportunity of all person regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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Job No:
Posted: 11/7/2020
Application Due: 5/9/2021
Work Type: Full Time