Assistant Professor of Biology



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Job description

Olivet College, a liberal arts college in south central Michigan with a long-standing commitment to inclusion and diversity, invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Biology with a focus upon instruction within human anatomy and physiologyThis full-time, tenure track, location-bound faculty position will be responsible for instruction, program development, and working with students within the discipline at the undergraduate level.

Given the college’s commitment to supporting a diverse and inclusive faculty, members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements: PhD in Biology or related field is desired; ABD or a Master’s degree in Biology or related field will be considered. Preference given to candidates with academic expertise in the teaching of human anatomy and physiology to meet the educational needs of students majoring in premedical fields, exercise science, nursing, allied health professions, and biology.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated successful teaching at the undergraduate level. Candidates must indicate a clear commitment to teaching and provide evidence of the ability to create positive and engaging learning experiences for students and facilitate student learning in and outside of the classroom. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in academic program innovation and development as well as demonstrated competence working with culturally diverse groups in teaching, scholarship, and/or service. Candidates who are passionate about teaching and mentoring undergraduate students in a collaborative, collegial, and engaging academic environment are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience teaching in-person and online preferred.

Position Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will be expected to instruct multiple sections of core courses (including labs) in human anatomy and physiology, as well as to mentor students on individual projects involving research and independent work in the discipline. Faculty responsibilities include advising and mentoring students, engaging in scholarly activities, departmental and college committee participation, assessment, program and curriculum development, and other services supporting the college and its mission. Candidates must bring the ability to create a positive learning experience for students, ability to facilitate and assess student learning and ability to engage in a passionate commitment to mentoring students in a collaborative and diverse environment. Full-time faculty members teach 24 credit hours (or the equivalent) per year, with release time available for scholarship per the faculty member’s scholarship plan.

Starting Date: August 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue as required.

About the College: Olivet College was founded in 1844 as a college open to all regardless of race, gender, or ability to pay. The college’s faculty and staff continue its tradition of creating and sustaining a welcoming and inclusive educational environment for students. The college is one of the most diverse private liberal arts institutions in the state of Michigan and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. Students from underrepresented minorities constituted 26% of the fall 2022 student body, with over 15% of the student body identifying as African American. The student body is a mix of urban and rural students from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds, many of whom are first-generation college attendees. The college’s faculty and staff are committed to providing personalized, individualized attention for students who commit themselves to seeking academic and personal success.

Olivet College is an equal opportunity employer and does take affirmative steps to employ women and minorities. Founded in 1844, Olivet College was the first college by charter in Michigan to admit women and people of color. As part of its commitment to a values-based mission of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility, the College actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff. Women and members of historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to apply

Click here then click on this position title to set up a profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Letter of application;
  2. Current resume or curriculum vitae with contact information for three references;
  3. One-page statement of your interest in and experience with working with a diverse population of students in a multi-ethnic environment;
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and approach to the assessment of student learning;
  5. Transcript from the highest degree-granting institution related to the position (official or unofficial) and/or documentation of graduate coursework or relevant certification in the area of instruction; and
  6. Student evaluations (if available).

Offer of hire is contingent upon receipt of official transcripts, completion of a background check, and verification of information submitted. Applicants are required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States at the time of hire and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form and provide required documentation.