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Teaching Assistant Professor of Biology
West Virginia University

Date Posted Aug. 18, 2021
Title Teaching Assistant Professor of Biology
University West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV, United States
Department Biology
Application Deadline Sep. 20, 2021
Position Start Date January or August 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Biology - General

Teaching Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
West Virginia University

Job No. 16702

The Department of Biology at West Virginia University ( invites applications for Teaching Assistant Professor beginning January or August 2022.  This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with full benefits and the opportunity for promotion, though promotion is not required for continued career stability. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction. There is no traditional research assignment.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach foundational courses and advanced undergraduate courses in their area of specialization. While the ability to teach courses in quantitative biology (e.g., statistics for biologists) is desired, all areas of biological specialization will be considered. The teaching assignment is four courses each semester, or equivalent.  Common equivalents consist of significant commitments in support of student development (e.g., advising and recruitment) or in support of instruction. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to curriculum development, by developing courses that complement our current areas of focus (Cellular and Molecular Biology, Genomics, Neuroscience, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Quantitative Biology). The successful candidate will also contribute to advising and recruitment; advising during the summer may be expected, with additional compensation.

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology or a closely related field is required at time of employment. In addition, we seek evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching undergraduates; in developing new courses; in developing, implementing and assessing innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; as well as excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. 

WVU is the academic home to 30,000 students and is one of 10 U.S. land-grant institutions with an academic medical center. Morgantown, West Virginia, located in close proximity to Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., has been consistently ranked among the most livable small cities in the U.S. (  

To apply, visit and navigate to the position title listed above.  Upload a single PDF file with a 1 – cover letter, 2 – curriculum vitae, 3 – statement of teaching philosophy, 4 – statement of advising philosophy, and 5 – description of ways you would contribute to the continued development of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive academic community through your teaching and service. Also, please arrange to have three reference letters sent directly to The screening process will begin 9/20/2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee (Dana Huebert Lima).

  • WVU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and was the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Dana Huebert Lima
    West Virginia University
    53 Campus Drive
    Morgantown, WV 26501
  • 304-293-3645


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