Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology: Neuroscience

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Position Overview

The Biology Department at The University of the South seeks a neuroscientist for one year at one of the nation's top liberal arts institutions.

Position Description

We are interested in candidates with training in neurobiology who would be able to teach introductory and advanced neurobiology courses, as well as cell and molecular biology courses. These courses are integral components of our biology, prehealth, and interdisciplinary neuroscience programs.The Biology Department is also seeking applications for a Molecular Biologist (2 years) and Ecologist (3 years).

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching small interactive classes at a liberal arts college. The successful candidates may also have the opportunity to develop a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduate involvement.

Supplemental Information

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, graduate transcripts (unofficial accepted), contact information for three references to submit confidential e-letters of recommendation, as well as teaching, research, and DEI statements. Review of applications will begin on February 4, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Teaching Statement Guidelines (no more than 3 pages)

We are looking for applicants to specifically address inclusive teaching practices with examples from mentoring and/or the classroom. In particular, we are curious about the candidate's ideas for leveraging educational best practices to engage students. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate a clear understanding of their strengths and potential for development as an educator.

Research Statement Guidelines (no more than 3 pages)

We are looking for applicants who have a clear sense of how they will conduct their research program at a small liberal arts institution, or incorporate aspects of their research in the classroom and/or teaching lab setting. Applicants are encouraged to frame their scholarship for a broad audience, as a clear articulation of research topic and scope can also communicate an applicant's ability to communicate complex ideas.

DEI Statement Guidelines (no more than 1 page)

We are looking for applicants to specifically address how their past or potential contributions in teaching, research, and/or service demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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