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Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Biology

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Posting Number::


Recruitment Type::

Open to All Applicants

Position Title::

Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor of Biology

Position Type::


Position Status::

Temporary Full-time

Benefits Status::

Benefits Eligible



Hiring Range::

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Biology Department

Posting Date::


Closing Date:

Review of applications will begin immediately, but the position will remain open until filled.

Work Schedule::

Full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor/Instructor position available beginning September 1, 2022. Academic year is September to May.

General Description::

The Biology Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a one year, visiting position at the rank of Assistant Professor or Instructor beginning September 1, 2022. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching in our introductory series course focused on evolution, ecology and diversity of life, as well as an upper division courses with an ecology and evolution focus that compliments the department’s course offerings. Upper division offerings will include conservation biology or general ecology and a course within the applicants specialty.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities::

Teach in undergraduate programs, including classroom and laboratory settings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities::

  • Classroom teaching with up-to-date and level-appropriate content using a variety of interactive, student-focused pedagogical approaches.
  • Ability to design and implement effective teaching strategies.
  • Passion for teaching and demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, and staff in a collegial and team-based environment.
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education.
  • Ability to contribute to fostering diversity of the campus, curriculum, and/or discipline.

Required Qualifications::

  • PhD in Biology, Ecology, Conservation Biology or closely related field must be in hand by September 1, 2022 for appointment at the Visiting Assistant Professor level. ABD is required by September 1, 2022 for appointment at the Instructor level.
  • Applicant must be legally eligible to work in the United States on hire date AND legally authorized to work in the United States for Pacific Lutheran University without sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications::

Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Special Instructions to Applicants::

To apply, please submit your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief description of a potential upper division course, a list of three references, and a statement of teaching philosophy in which you describe your goals for student learning, the methods you use to help students achieve them, and how you assess student learning. This statement should also explicitly address how you create an inclusive learning environment that is attuned to diversity and equity.

For questions or more information, please contact Michael Behrens at [email protected]

Other Information::

Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. PLU continues the transformational tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, freedom of expression, and critical questioning. Offering distinctive opportunities for global engagement, collaborative student-faculty research and purposeful learning, PLU guides 2,900 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

PLU is located on a 156-acre woodland campus in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington and about 40 minutes south of downtown Seattle. The campus reflects consciously green practices and is in proximity to the natural beauty of Mount Rainier, the Cascade and Olympic mountain ranges, and the Puget Sound.
PLU administration supports and respects the strong culture of faculty-shared governance by working closely and collaboratively with faculty leadership to sustain and strengthen existing structures and procedures while working together on key institutional, academic and curricular decisions.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff and student body from all religions, races, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations, and gender expressions and from all over the world. For the 2020-21 academic year, 35 percent of undergraduate students are the first generation in their families to attend college; 41 percent self-identify as students of color; and 31 percent are Pell Grant-eligible. PLU is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from members of historically underrepresented and minoritized groups, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. For general application questions or if you need accommodations at any point in the application and/or interview process, please contact the Human Resources Office at 253-535-7185 or [email protected].

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