Position: A tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor is available in the Department of Biology at Truman State University, a top-ranked public liberal arts and sciences university.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to core teaching needs in the areas of cell biology, microbiology, and/or genetics, as well as specialty, upper-level electives that will serve programs in Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. The successful candidate will be expected to make contributions to teaching an introductory course in cellular and molecular biology, a freshman seminar and/or an introductory writing course on a rotating basis. A research program that provides undergraduate students with high-quality research experiences is expected for the successful candidate. Particular attention will be given to candidates with research programs that complement and diversify existing programs in the department. The particular area of research and the focal level of biological organization are flexible. Additional opportunities for offering courses that support the liberal arts mission of the university will be periodically available, and service to the department and university are expected.
Required Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. (completed by June 1, 2022) in Biology or a related field.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
- Ability to teach cell biology, genetics and/or microbiology.
- Ability to teach an introductory course in cellular and molecular biology
- Evidence of actual or potential teaching effectiveness.
- A plan for research that involves undergraduates and complements or diversifies existing programs.
- Evidence of actual, or potential for, involvement of undergraduates in the candidate’s research program.
- Evidence of actual, or interest in being involved in university service.
- Ph.D. in Biology, or related field.
- Commitment to teaching at an undergraduate liberal arts institution.
- Effective written communication skills and attention to detail.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience. Truman offers an attractive benefits package including life, health, and disability insurance.
Program: The Department of Biology is part of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University. The Department has 20 faculty members, approximately 500 undergraduate majors. Beyond our majors curriculum, the discipline offers courses in Truman’s Liberal Studies Program (LSP); opportunities for faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research occur both within the School and as part of the LSP. For more information about the Biology Department, please visit http://biology.truman.edu/
The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.
The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com.
Application: The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is preferred and the process can be completed at http://employment.truman.edu/. Application materials may also be submitted to email@example.com or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; statement of teaching philosophy; statement of research interests and goals, current curriculum vitae; three letters of recommendation; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.
Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.