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Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Biology

Amherst College: Faculty Search: Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at Amherst College invites applications for a visiting appointment at the rank of visiting assistant professor in biology, which will begin on July 1, 2024. This is a full-time appointment with an initial two-year term and the possibility of renewal for an additional year, contingent upon the needs of the department and positive reviews of teaching and other responsibilities.

Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, successful candidates will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work toward supporting a broadly diverse community. Nearly half of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 11 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 16 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student's demonstrated need, and nearly 60 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual identity, and religion.

We seek a colleague who is passionate about teaching a range of courses that focus on cellular and molecular biology, genetics, developmental biology, and/or microbiology in a liberal arts college setting while establishing a research program that supports opportunities for undergraduates to engage in original research. The primary responsibilities of the visiting assistant professor will be dependent upon the expertise and experience of the candidate and the needs of the department. This could include contributing to our introductory biology course BIOL-191 Molecules, Genes, and Cells, teaching laboratory sections in established courses, and/or leading a course with a laboratory in the candidate's area of study. The candidate will be expected to teach two courses or the equivalent each semester and engage with undergraduates in research by participating in our honors research program. Preference will be given to candidates with research programs that focus on cellular and molecular biosciences and who are highly amenable to a liberal-arts setting. Research lab space will be provided. As a valued member of our department, the candidate will also take part in major advising (after the first year), comprehensive examinations, and other important contributions to the life of the department.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in hand or have fulfilled all requirements for the degree by the start of the appointment and experience teaching undergraduates is preferred. Pedagogical support is offered by Amherst's Center for Teaching and Learning and state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory facilities that are housed within a new science center that was completed in 2018.

Candidates are asked to apply electronically to Interfolio with a (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, (iii) teaching statement (two pages) that includes past experiences that demonstrate preparation and effectiveness in teaching, and (iv) statement that discusses past experiences and/or plans for supporting Amherst's diverse learning community (one page), (v) a research plan that makes clear opportunities for undergraduate involvement (two pages), and (vi) to arrange for submission of three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on January 22, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching the educational experience it offers through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact the biology academic department coordinator (; 413-542-2097). Candidates are encouraged to learn more about Amherst College by visiting our webpage for prospective faculty at

Amherst College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college with 1,800 students and a teaching faculty of more than 200. Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium, offering a variety of opportunities for teaching and research collaborations as well as cultural venues. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst is two hours from Boston and three hours from New York City. The college's scenic 1,000-acre campus includes a 500-acre wildlife sanctuary, the Book & Plow Farm, and three museums: Emily Dickinson Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History and Mead Art Museum. Our vibrant campus, diverse community and beautiful surroundings make Amherst College and the town of Amherst a great place to live and work. For more information about Amherst College and the Biology Department, please visit our websites:

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