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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology - 000087

University of Richmond
Virginia, Richmond, USA

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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology - 000087

The University of Richmond Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology to begin in January 2024. This is a one-year position, renewable for up to three years, depending on performance, need, and budget.

Candidates should have a doctoral degree in the biological sciences with expertise in organismal biology. Preference will be given to candidates who can teach comparative vertebrate anatomy at the advanced undergraduate level and who are able to teach the second course in our 200-level curriculum (BIOL 202: Integrated Principles in Biology II) focused on evolution, ecology, and organismal biology. We are especially interested in recruiting individuals who have an interest in broadening access and inclusivity in STEM disciplines, which aligns with the University's strategic plan ( Successful candidates will be committed to inclusive undergraduate teaching.

The Department of Biology provides a broad biology education within the context of the liberal arts. We are firmly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and aim to give all students interested in biology the opportunity and skills necessary for long-term success. We value teaching that emphasizes inclusive, evidence-based pedagogies and high-impact practices. Evaluation of candidates will be based largely on a single, integrated statement of up to four pages in which they describe their:

  • Commitment to inclusion and diversity in STEM, as evidenced by their experience and/or understanding of issues related to inclusive pedagogy.
  • Teaching experience and philosophy, including a discussion of how their expertise aligns with teaching courses in organismal biology at a primarily undergraduate institution.

The Department of Biology is housed in the Gottwald Center for the Sciences, along with the Departments of Chemistry, and Physics. The Department of Biology offers courses for non-majors and majors in Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and a concentration in Neuroscience. The typical Visiting Assistant Professor teaching load is three units per semester, where a unit represents a lecture or laboratory session of three contact hours per week. The candidate selected for this position will have opportunities to mentor undergraduates in research and will have access to common equipment, supplies, and lab and teaching spaces. The successful candidate will also have access to professional development funds to support travel to professional meetings. The University maintains a small vivarium, greenhouse and herbarium, field vehicles, flow cytometer, and standard molecular biology equipment, and owns two mixed evergreen/deciduous forest field sites roughly 15 and 45 minutes from campus.

The School of Arts & Sciences, the liberal arts core of the University, is a thriving and inclusive community of 230 faculty, twenty-four departments, and twelve interdisciplinary programs. We offer distinctive and engaging learning opportunities to students and outstanding resources, such as the Faculty Hub, to support the scholarly, creative, and pedagogical activities of the faculty.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With approximately 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students "to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society."

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see (

Applicants should apply online at and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and integrated statement on teaching and fostering inclusivity in STEM. In addition, please include copies of academic transcripts. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will commence September 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search should be addressed to Jory Brinkerhoff, Chair of the Search Committee (


Working at University of Richmond

Founded in 1830, the University of Richmond is one of America's premier private universities. The University blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research, and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked liberal arts university, Richmond offers a unique combination of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of arts and sciencesbusinessleadership studieslaw, and continuing studies. The 350-acre suburban campus, including a 10-acre lake, is consistently cited by The Princeton Review as one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation.

With approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, Richmond offers 55 majors, 42 minors, and 12 concentrations at the bachelor's level. Graduate students can choose from six master's degrees programs, an MBA program, a juris doctorate, and six dual-degree programs in law. Continuing studies options include programs at the associate, bachelor, and master levels, in addition to numerous non-credit offerings.

Richmond faculty members are outstanding leaders in their fields. Of the 312 full-time faculty at the University, 98 percent hold doctorate or terminal degrees. Richmond has a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, with zero classes taught by teaching assistants. Our faculty members are in the classrooms and the labs, working closely with students to maximize their educational experiences.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Richmond one of the best liberal arts universities in the nation and in the top 35 for undergraduate research. BusinessWeek ranked The Robins School of Business in the top 20 nationally and fourth for academic quality, as well as among the top 15 part-time MBA programs. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine named Richmond in the top 25 for best value among private colleges and universities

As locals like to say, Richmond is "easy to love" because of its rich history, stunning architecture, natural beauty and quality of life. It's been named one of the top cities in which to live and work by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. As the capital of Virginia, Richmond is home to the state legislature, a growing number of Fortune 500 companies and industries ranging from finance to agriculture. In fact, Forbes also recently ranked Richmond as the sixth best city to get a job in the U.S. Nearly one million people live in the Greater Richmond region and enjoy an array of cultural opportunities including 35 museums; numerous theatre companies; a symphony, a ballet and an opera; a thriving public forum; three professional, minor-league sports teams; a coliseum for major concerts and sporting events; and much more. Located just 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., Richmond is only 90 minutes from Virginia's beaches and 90 minutes from the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.

UR is committed to developing a diverse faculty, staff and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of differences in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.  In keeping with this commitment, our academic community welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds and candidates who support diversity. EOE

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