Assistant Professor of Biology

Transylvania University
Lexington, Kentucky

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Transylvania University (, a top-tier, independent, residential liberal arts college in Lexington, Kentucky, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Biology. This is a tenure-track position beginning August 26, 2022. Transylvania University recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community is essential to the fulfillment of our mission as a liberal arts institution. To that end, we seek to attract a diverse faculty skilled in the scholarship of teaching, research, and mentorship of students from a variety of backgrounds.

Job Responsibilities:

We seek an Eukaryotic Cell Biologist whose specialty compliments existing faculty expertise. The teaching load is two classes with laboratory sections per regular term and a single class during May term that offers additional opportunities for travel courses, team-taught courses and other more experimental classroom endeavors. Courses to be taught include (1) upper-level course in Cell Biology, (2) introductory Cells and Molecules course; and (3) biology electives in their specialty (e.g., cell signaling, cancer biology, metabolic pathways, toxicology, neurobiology). The Biology program faculty also contribute to the First-year seminar program in liberal studies. Other responsibilities include academic advising, academic scholarship/professional activity, preferably involving undergraduate students, and service to the university through various committee appointments. The university also has an excellent faculty development program that competitively funds faculty (and student) scholarly research and artistic projects.  We are looking for applicants who are passionate about attracting, teaching, and mentoring historically underrepresented groups in the sciences. 


A PhD is required by the start date. Preference will be given to candidates with undergraduate teaching experience. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to continuing their own research along with a commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary dialogue, and working collaboratively with other faculty and with students both within the Biology Program and across disciplines within a liberal arts environment.

To begin the application process, submit one PDF that contains your curriculum vitae, your unofficial graduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and an application letter (approximately 1000-1500 words) that specifically addresses the following: (1) identify and describe an upper-level course you would develop that would contribute to the biology curriculum; (2) discuss how you would establish an undergraduate research program; (3) reflect on your strengths and experiences in creating an inclusive academic community.  This PDF may be submitted by following the job openings link at If you have confidential letters of recommendation, those can be sent to [email protected]. If you are selected to move forward in the application process, you will be asked to provide official graduate transcripts at a later date. Send questions specific to this search to Dr. Belinda Sly, search committee chair, at [email protected]. Review of applications will begin on November 1 and will continue until an appointment is made.

Transylvania University is ranked in the top 15 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges by the Princeton Review, which cites its community-driven, personalized approach to a liberal arts education through 46 majors and 39 minors. Founded in 1780, it is the 16th oldest institution of higher learning in the country, with approximately 1,000 students.

Transylvania University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to enhancing the diversity of the university community. In support of this goal, we seek qualified candidates with a wide range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. We embrace diversity and encourage all who are interested to apply. 

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