Assistant Professor of Biology

Concordia College
Moorhead, Minnesota

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Science & Technology, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN invites applicants with a Ph.D. in biological sciences with a strong knowledge of aquatic ecology or limnology for a tenure track position in the Biology Department. Teaching responsibilities include the introductory biology course Evolution and Diversity, a sophomore ecology course, and development of an upper-level course that includes an outdoor learning component in the candidate’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will have access to the school’s Long Lake Field Station and pontoon for both instruction and research. This person will also be a representative of the department by advising and/or acting as a member of the Long Lake Betterment Association. The successful candidate may also participate in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies program.

Concordia College is dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education. Demonstrated potential for outstanding teaching and development of an active research program with undergraduate students are essential. Undergraduates typically present their research at regional and national meetings and are encouraged to publish their results in professional journals.

In addition to teaching and research, Biology faculty are involved with departmental affairs through bi-weekly meetings as well as serving on department or college wide committees. Faculty involved with outdoor research also assist with the management and operation of the Long Lake Field Station. Faculty are committed to student success and advise our students both formally and informally throughout the year regarding courses or post-graduation decisions. Other duties may arise based upon department needs.

The Biology Department includes ten full-time faculty and three support staff members committed to innovation in undergraduate education. Biology is the largest liberal arts major on campus, averaging 55-65 graduates per year. 


In support of the College’s ambitious goals for diversity and inclusion, the Biology Department strongly encourages applications from colleagues with diverse backgrounds who will contribute to the development of our increasingly diverse campus community, and who bring perspectives that are currently missed or under-represented in the biological sciences. Successful candidates will aspire to be part of a diverse community that affirms an abundance of identities, experiences, and insights in order to imagine, examine, and implement possibilities for individual and communal thriving both inside and outside of the Biology Department.


Concordia College is a selective Lutheran (ELCA) liberal arts college of 1900 undergraduates located in the growing and dynamic community of Fargo-Moorhead, a metropolitan area of over 220,000 people located at the border of Minnesota and North Dakota. Opportunities abound in the area for arts, culture, and outdoor recreation. Fargo-Moorhead is an educational hub, serving as home to multiple other institutions of higher education.  A more thorough description of Concordia College can be found at  


Minimum Qualifications: 
PhD in Aquatic Biology/Ecology or related area. ABD Considered.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in teaching and enthusiasm for working with undergraduates. 

Applicants should be in sympathy with the mission of a liberal arts college of the Lutheran (ELCA) church, which entails an openness to discussions about the relationship between faith and learning, and a commitment to liberal learning and academic freedom. As such, successful applicants should not only be able to teach skills and knowledge of their discipline, but embody a love of learning that includes an understanding of multiple perspectives and stakeholders that prepares students to become responsibly engaged with a complex world.

For more information and to apply, please visit Concordia College is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Criminal background check required. 


Students at Concordia are inspired to change — and be changed by — the world. Our students benefit from an academically challenging, yet welcoming and supportive learning environment. Faculty help students discover their potential, pushing them to achieve beyond what they imagine is possible.

As a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, intellect and faith are active partners in the search for truth. Concordia's mission centers on preparing students to serve their neighbors.

Responsibly Engaged in the World

Gaining global perspective and experience is a critical component of a Concordia education. Exploring today's most important issues from a wide range of world, political, religious and cultural views adds essential depth to our 61 majors and 12 preprofessional programs. All students study one of nine global languages and many study abroad, pursue international internships and volunteer in their communities. The purpose is to develop well-rounded, globally sensitive and highly competent graduates who are ready to lead and serve anywhere on the planet.

Campus and Community Connections

Concordia is a vibrant learning community of more than 2,800 students, where student engagement goes well beyond the classroom. Students frequently join faculty in side-by-side research. They also perform in world-class music ensembles, compete on championship-caliber sports teams and make their mark in theatre, student government, or more than 100 other student clubs. Many students also get involved with Campus Ministry, exploring and expressing their faith through worship services, Bible studies and outreach opportunities. Off-campus, you’ll find more than 23,000 other college students. A safe, college-friendly community, Fargo-Moorhead offers the attractions and amenities of big-city living without the big-city hassles. Thriving education, business and health care communities provide Concordia students with career-shaping internships.


Going Places

Within six months of graduation, 96 percent of recently surveyed new Concordia graduates reported being employed or attending graduate school. Concordia students have achieved an 88 percent acceptance rate into medical school (in 10 years surveyed). Ninety-three percent of Concordia graduates applying for law school are accepted.

Employment at Concordia

Nationally recognized for its programs in the sciences, music and international education, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with more than 2,700 students from 37 states and 38 countries representing 43 religions and denominations. Concordia College relies on the dedicated service of 194 full-time faculty, 54 part-time faculty and more than 400 staff to fulfill its mission to “influence the affairs of the world by sending into society thoughtful and informed men and women dedicated to the Christian life.”

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