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Ecology Adjunct Professor

Trinity Christian College
Palos Heights, IL

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Adjunct instructor needed to teach Biology 201: Ecology. This semester long course will begin in the August of 2024. This course provides the opportunity to explore how organisms interact with their biotic and abiotic environment at a range of scales—from chemical environments to population dynamics to interactions with other species. This is a four-credit, lab-based class. Field experiences and observations are an important part of the laboratory component. Class meetings are Tuesday and Friday afternoon with a late afternoon lab on Tuesdays. 

Adjunct instructor needed to teach Biology 201: Ecology. This course is a semester long course geared towards second year science majors. The course covers key ecological concepts like energy flow, nutrient cycles, interactions with the physical environment, population growth, interspecific interactions, and ecosystem-level processes. Students will be expected to develop ecological research questions, develop testable hypotheses, and plan and implement data collection to pursue ecological questions.

This is a four-credit, lab-based class. The lecture sections of each class include two 75-minute meetings per week. The lab section is schedule for two hours and forty minutes. Class meetings are Tuesday and Friday afternoon with a late afternoon lab on Tuesdays. The lab is equipped with common demonstration materials and equipment. Trinity is situated in the southwest suburbs of Chicago amongst the forest preserves. Our campus also houses wildflower basins, a small forest, and a creek allowing for numerous outdoor lab activities.


              Degree required: MS in Ecology or Environmental Studies

              Degree preferred: PhD in Ecology or related field             

Desirable start date is: August 15, 2024

For further information about the position contact:

Name: Clay Carlson

Title: Professor of Biology and Chair of the Natural Sciences

Trinity Christian College


Trinity seeks candidates for adjunct faculty positions who are professing Christians and committed to excellence in teaching. They should support the goals of a strong liberal arts education in the tradition of Reformed Christian higher education and be competent to demonstrate to students a mature articulation of faith and learning.

Only electronic application documents will be accepted.

Applicants should be prepared to upload the following during the application process:

  • Vita
  • A faith statement briefly describing your beliefs, the church you are involved with, and your Christian practices
  • Transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the point of application)

For your review, Trinity Christian College’s Mission and Diversity Statements can be found on our website at:

Trinity Christian College is a liberal arts college located in Palos Heights, Illinois, a suburb twenty miles southwest of Chicago. Since its founding in 1959, Trinity has provided its students with an excellent Christian higher education in the Reformed tradition. The College enrollment is about 1,000. We offer majors in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, as well as professional programs in business, nursing, education, social work, computing and data analytics, criminal justice, and exercise science. Trinity also offers adult degree completion programs in business, education, psychology, and social work, and master’s programs in counseling and education. Trinity Christian College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Trinity is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from diverse candidates.



Trinity Christian College is an accredited private liberal arts college located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Since its founding in 1959, Trinity has provided its students a rigorous Christian higher education in the Reformed tradition, preparing them to pursue excellence in their vocations. The secure 130-acre wooded campus is just 30 minutes from the limitless cultural and career resources of downtown Chicago.


Consistently ranked as one of the top-tier colleges in the Midwest region by U.S. News and World Report, Trinity Christian College offers over 80 programs of study, including traditional undergraduate, adult studies, and graduate programs. Recognizing the value of experiential learning, 100% of Trinity’s students participate in hands-on internships or field education. Trinity alumni excel. They are nurses in the most advanced healthcare facilities, award-winning teachers in schools across the country, successful business executives in global companies, and service-oriented professionals making a difference throughout the world.


Whether they are commuters or campus residents, current Trinity students passionately talk about the sense of “community” they feel on this diverse campus. Trinity is often recognized for its ethnic and economic diversity. Intercollegiate sports for men and women, student-run ministry programs, and a full scope of creative expression in fine arts add to the Trinity experience. 


Opportunities abound in the Chicagoland area, opening the door to an expansive “classroom” of culturally-rich neighborhoods; world class music, theater, art, and cuisine; and endless professional development for students via internships, career positions, and involvement with service organizations. Trinity’s Chicago Semester provides an immersive experience for students who want the city to be their home, classroom, and workplace for an entire semester.

Study Abroad

Learning outside the classroom is available through off-campus programs including Semester in Spain (Seville), Semester in The Netherlands, and Semester in Ecuador (Quito), as well as other areas of the world. May-term trips to places such as Cuba and China offer students the opportunity to discover and explore different regions of the world over the course of a few weeks.

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