Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Biology

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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Biology

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2022. Please visit this web page to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position & Qualifications

Biology is one of the university’s most popular undergraduate majors, and the department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees. The department faculty has expertise in a broad range of biological sub-disciplines, and the successful candidate will add to this expertise with teaching and research experience at the cellular and molecular level. The position carries six courses per academic year; each laboratory section of a course counts as 0.5 teaching credit (e.g., two laboratory sections of the same course equal one teaching credit). The successful candidate will teach the lecture and laboratory sections for molecular and cell biology (one of three required courses for the biology major) each year. In addition, this person will offer an upper-level course in genetics with one or two laboratory sections every other year, alternating with at least one other upper-level molecular course in the successful candidate’s area of interest. 

Many of the department faculty regularly make interdisciplinary contributions across campus, offering courses that are cross-listed with other departments, especially within the sciences. Flexibility in the teaching responsibilities of this position allows for regular contribution to the university’s general education curriculum and to the biology department’s sophomore seminar and senior capstone courses in rotation with department colleagues. Biology faculty advise majors and minors, actively engage in research that frequently involves mentoring or co-advising undergraduate student researchers, and participate in department and university service.  

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in hand by July 1, 2022, a record of teaching success at the undergraduate level, evidence of scholarly promise and accomplishment, and a clear understanding of and strong commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution. 

About Hollins

Hollins University is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse historically women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 33% US-American students of color, 37% Pell-eligible students, 38% first-generation college students, and 9% international students. Known for its creative and highly engaged student body and its commitment to inclusive academic excellence, Hollins prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and gender-inclusive graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses how your writing, research, teaching, and/or service experience will enhance the institution’s efforts to support these values and an increasingly diverse student population.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Evidence of effective teaching;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bpdDLMnGobjsnAi). Finalists will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and will also be subject to a criminal history background check. For questions about the position, please contact search chair, Dr. Morgan Wilson ([email protected]).    

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply. 


Working at Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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