Assistant/Associate Professor of Evolutionary Biology

Job #1095

We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology in Evolutionary Biology to begin August 2015. We prefer taxonomic expertise in plants or fungi, but candidates with interests in other organisms will also be considered. Research interests should complement those of current faculty. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (depending on qualifications).

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant discipline (post-doctoral experience preferred), teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching as well as scholarship involving undergraduates. Teaching responsibilities will include lower division courses (introductory biology, or new sophomore level courses in genetics or cell biology), one or more upper division courses in area(s) of expertise, and departmental service courses for majors or non-majors. The average teaching load is 10-12 contact hours/semester (including labs); a common course load is 3 lectures and 4 labs per academic year. Faculty also mentor senior capstone projects (literature reviews or research projects).

We seek a collegial scholar-teacher whose research interests complement existing expertise in the department. We expect the successful candidate to establish an active research program with undergraduates. The research program must be successful and feasible in our liberal arts college setting; it should also be attractive to our student body, which includes many preparing for professional school in the health professions (e.g., optometry, physical therapy, pharmacy) as well as some pursuing teaching, environmental biology, and other professional work in the life sciences. Our research facilities include a greenhouse, and start-up funds are provided.

Pacific University is particularly interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Minimum requirements for the position include a PhD in biology, or equivalent terminal research-based degree; one academic year of college or university teaching experience (TA or instructor); and two years research experience in evolution. Education, teaching and research may be gained concurrently.

Pacific University is an independent, comprehensive university in Forest Grove, Oregon (about 25 miles west of Portland). The Biology department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences (ca. 1700 students), a liberal arts undergraduate college where faculty and staff are committed to an intimate, personalized education. The University also includes a College of Health Professions (including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Pharmacy, Dental Science and Professional Psychology), a College of Optometry, a College of Business, and a College of Education.

The Biology Department currently has 10 permanent faculty members and 2 laboratory support staff. We are committed to learning through discovery in both the laboratory and the classroom. We graduate 35-50 majors each year. Many of our graduates pursue graduate or professional study in the health sciences or careers in teaching, biology research, or environmental biology.

Application materials

Please submit:

  1. a cover letter that addresses your preparation/promise to teach in a liberal arts college with many pre-health professions students
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. a teaching philosophy, with a separate section identifying courses you would feel qualified and comfortable teaching (upper and lower division)
  4. a research statement, which should include a brief summary of prior research, a research plan for a liberal arts institution, and an argument for how your research program at Pacific would attract and involve undergraduates. Selection criteria will include feasibility of research plan and fit to our department and student body.
  5. Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  6. Arrange for three letters of reference (at least one of which speaks directly to teaching ability and experience) to be submitted directly.
  7. In October, candidates on our short list may be requested to submit evidence of teaching experience and excellence, such as teaching evaluations, reports from observers, or examples of teaching materials; please do not include these materials with your initial application.

Please combine application materials 1-4 into a single file (.pdf or .doc), in the order listed above, with the following naming: Last name, First name, Evolution 2014.

Send applications electronically to Patty Larkins (address below); put Evolutionary Biology 2014 as the subject in your email.

Patty Larkins | Administrative Assistant, School of Natural Sciences

Review of applications will begin October 3 and continue until the position is filled. Contact Dr. Stacey Halpern (Biology Department Chair) with questions.

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