Assistant Teaching Professor for Molecular Biology and Cell Biology or Biochemistry

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC

View more

Job Details

Application Instructions:

External Applicants: Please upload your resume on the Apply screen. Your application will automatically populate your resume details, and you may verify and update data on the My Information page.

Please add your cover letter and any other documents required for the position to the Resume/CV document upload section at the bottom of the My Experience application page. Use the Select Files button to add multiple documents including your cover letter and supporting documents. The My Experience page is the only opportunity to add your cover letter and supporting document attachments. You will not be able to modify your application after you submit it.

Current Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Do not apply from the website. Log in to Workday. Click on the Jobs Hub and select Browse Jobs. Locate the position and click Apply. Update your Education and Job History.

** Cover letter required for all positions and optional for facilities, campus services, and hospitality positions unless otherwise specified.

Job Description Summary

Job Description:

The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a permanent Assistant Teaching Professor position to begin July 1, 2024.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom, and experience relevant to teaching lecture and laboratory courses in molecular biology and either cell biology or biochemistry at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Biochemistry or other fields related to these topics is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience or knowledge of inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy that enhances student learning.

The successful candidate will teach molecular biology and lab, and either cell biology or biochemistry in a rotation schedule. It is anticipated that they would also have opportunities to develop and teach upper-level courses in topics related to their specialty suitable for advanced undergraduates and/or graduate students. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree through a partnership with the Department of Chemistry. For more information about the department, go to

Teaching professors in Biology at Wake Forest University are integral members of the department, engaged in departmental faculty governance as well as the central teaching and service missions of the College. This is a permanent but non-tenurable, full-time position with an initial contract on a two-year renewable schedule with the goal of promotion to ranks with longer-term appointments. Teaching Professors in the Biology Department dedicate 80% of their time to teaching and 20% to service. A typical teaching load is a total of 3 lecture or lab sections each semester (16-40 students each). Teaching Professors, like all faculty serve as academic advisers and can serve on departmental committees, graduate thesis committees and college and university committees. Teaching faculty are eligible for departmental and institutional funding for professional development.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. We seek colleagues who will share in our commitment. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

Additional Job Description

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document that includes:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to become part of our departmental community (limit 1 page),

  • Updated curriculum vitae (no page limit),

  • A statement of teaching philosophy (limit 3 pages).Teaching statements should address teaching philosophy, your classroom and assessment approaches and experiences, and how you will create a learning environment that supports diverse students.

  • Contact information for 3 professional references, preferably at least one from a supervisor or mentor with direct observation of the candidate’s teaching.

Submit applications online using Address questions about the position to At the time of application submission, please have recommenders submit confidential letters of recommendations to Address inquiries about the application process and document submission to Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023.

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an initial round of electronic interviews. Final on-site interviews are anticipated during late November. Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. To provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,700 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to

Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theater and film festivals. Ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national survey, Winston-Salem is an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

Time Type Requirement

Full time

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert