COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
POSITION: Assistant Professor of Biology (2 positions)
Stetson University seeks applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology. This is a full time, 9-month position, beginning in August 2019.
Position 1: Organismal biology, physiology, or developmental biology.
A Ph.D. in a biological sciences with expertise that could include, but is not limited to: organismal biology, physiology, or developmental biology. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, an ability to mentor undergraduate research projects, and a record of scholarly publication in area of expertise.
Position 2: Microbiology, molecular biology, microbial genetics, or similar.
A Ph.D. in biological sciences with expertise that may include, but is not limited to, microbiology, molecular biology, virology, microbial genetics, host-microbe interactions or microbial ecology. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduates, an ability to mentor undergraduate research projects, and a record of scholarly publication in area of expertise.
We seek a dedicated teacher-scholar who will be an excellent teacher, engaged undergraduate research mentor, and productive scholar. Postdoctoral experience is strongly recommended but not required. Candidates should have a strong commitment to innovative teaching and academic advising of undergraduates. We are particularly interested in candidates with an interest in or record of scholarship in engaging students from diverse backgrounds.
As a liberal learning institution, Stetson focuses on education of the whole student through a strong foundation in General Education, deep disciplinary training, and experiential learning. Thus, this tenure-track faculty position has a strong focus on teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate research. Primary teaching responsibilities include an upper-division physiology course and associated lab sections, an introductory biology course, and mentoring of capstone senior research projects. Other courses will be based on the candidate’s expertise, and may include new or existing upper-division biology and/or General Education courses. The combined teaching load is equivalent to three course units per semester, which typically ranges from 9 to 12 contact hours. All majors in the College of Arts and Sciences complete a Senior Project, and therefore mentoring undergraduates as researchers is a key responsibility. As teacher-scholars, candidates will be expected to be excellent teachers and pursue a vibrant research program. The candidate will also provide academic advising for undergraduates each semester. University service and or leadership are also expected commensurate with rank. For more information on our expectations in teaching, scholarship, and service our tenure policies, and our support for faculty development, please see the Office of the Provost and Academic Affairs website: http://www.stetson.edu/administration/provost/index.php
The Biology Department (http://www.stetson.edu/other/academics/programs/biology.php) consists of ten full-time faculty members with areas of expertise in molecular biology, ecology, botany, microbiology, neurobiology, developmental biology, evolutionary biology, and aquatic and terrestrial organismal ecology. We emphasize small classes, investigative research in and out of the classroom, and service-learning/community based research. For examples of collaborative research with students across the University see “Stetson Showcase” at http://www.stetson.edu/other/research/showcase.php.
Founded in 1883, Stetson University (http://www.stetson.edu) is a private, selective university comprised of a rich array of liberal arts and professional academic programs. Collectively, Stetson’s faculty works with nearly 4000 students in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. The University’s historic main campus, located in DeLand, enrolls more than 2,800 students in undergraduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school, moved from the main campus to Gulfport in 1945, and, with the addition of the Tampa Law Center, serves approximately 1,000 students working full-time or part-time toward J.D. or LL.M. degrees. Graduate programs offered at the main campus and at Stetson University Center in Celebration include Business, Accounting, Educational Leadership, Elementary Education – Education for Social Justice, and Counseling. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast and was the first private college in Florida to be granted a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Stetson University provides an inspiring education that engages students with rigorous academic and creative study grounded in liberal learning and promotes civic values of personal and social responsibility. Working closely with faculty and with one another, students cultivate abilities to explore issues deeply, think critically, reason empirically, speak persuasively, and connect ideas creatively. Firmly committed to inclusive excellence, our vibrant community of teacher-scholars nurtures the potential of individual students to lead lives of significance and prepares each to meet the challenges of shaping the future—locally, nationally, and globally.
Stetson University is committed to ongoing development of faculty and offers opportunities such as professional development workshops and internal grants through its Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence and faculty travel support.
DeLand is a picturesque residential community of 30,000 located 20 miles west of Daytona Beach and 35 miles northeast of Orlando. The area offers extensive cultural as well as recreational activities.
Salary is competitive.
August 10, 2019
Applicants must send the following materials for consideration: 1) a cover letter that includes the candidate’s philosophy of teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate research in a liberal arts university, 2) a research plan, 3) a curriculum vitae, and 4) three letters of recommendation, at least two of which include an evaluation of teaching ability. Candidates are encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received on or before November 15, 2016.
Application materials may be submitted electronically to Dr. Kirsten Work at
or mailed to the following address:
Dr. Kirsten Work, Department Chair
Department of Biology
421 N. Woodland Blvd. Unit 8264
DeLand, FL 32723
Stetson University is an Equal Opportunity Employer that affirms cultural diversity and inclusion as a core value of academic excellence at Stetson University. We are committed to achieving equal access in education, employment, and participation through the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds, and to meaningful academic and intellectual transformation in curriculum, research and service. We are dedicated to actions and policies that foster a community in which individuals with various identities, cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints work together to create opportunities for engagement through rewarding and fulfilling careers and personal experiences in a culturally and racially diverse society and a globalized world. We strongly encourage members of historically under-represented and economically-disadvantaged groups and women to apply for employment. Stetson University is an EEO, ADA, ADEA, and GINA employer.