Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Job description

Work Schedule:
Full-time, Visiting Assistant Professor position available beginning September 1, 2018. Academic year is September to May.

General Description:
The Biology Department at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a one-year, visiting position at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning September 1, 2018. The successful applicant will be responsible for teaching in our human anatomy and physiology series for allied health students as well as an upper division course with a molecular or cellular focus that compliments the department’s course offerings.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Teach in undergraduate programs, including classroom and laboratory settings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Classroom teaching with up-to-date and level-appropriate content using a variety of interactive, student-focused pedagogical approaches.
  • Ability to design and implement effective teaching strategies.
  • Passion for teaching and demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, colleagues, and staff in a collegial and team-based environment.
  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD in Biology or closely related field. ABD will be considered, but PhD must be in hand by September 1, 2018.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Other Information:
Pacific Lutheran University purposefully integrates the liberal arts, professional studies and civic engagement in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. With distinctive international programs and close student-faculty research opportunities, PLU helps its 3,100 students from all faiths and backgrounds discern their life’s vocation through coursework, mentorship and internships at world-class Puget Sound-area businesses and institutions.

Founded in 1890 by Norwegian pioneers, PLU continues the distinctive tradition of Lutheran higher education through its commitment to the advancement of knowledge, thoughtful inquiry and questioning, the preparation of citizens in service to the world and to its ongoing reform. Located in the Parkland neighborhood of Tacoma, Washington, PLU is set in a region that also offers vast opportunities for outdoor recreation, culture and sports.

How to apply

To apply, please submit your application including a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief teaching statement addressing diversity and inclusion in the classroom, brief description of a potential upper division course and a list of three references at

For questions or more information, please contact Michael Behrens at

Pacific Lutheran University welcomes applications from women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional perspectives to our learning environment. PLU is an equal opportunity employer.

PLU is dedicated to developing ethical, educated, thinking leaders by challenging students to identify and ask questions of meaning and value in their own lives.