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  • Tenure Track Faculty Position Biology
    University of Detroit Mercy

    Tenure Track Faculty Position Biology

    Job Type Full-time Description
    Job ID


    Position Classification

    FT Faculty UDMPU (9 month)

    Position Summary

    The Department of Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure track faculty position starting August 16, 2024. University of Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of building a supportive, diverse, and inclusive academic community with a commitment to experiential and community engaged learning. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), we offer small classes and close collegial relationships. The College's faculty forms a vibrant community of teaching scholars, with a strong focus on student-centered teaching, and academic mentorship of students. Our excellent student outcomes led to recognition by the Wall Street Journal Best Colleges report, ranking UDM 2nd in Michigan and 52nd nationally.. We are particularly interested in candidates who would contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students to pursue research careers in biology and related areas. These efforts are currently being supported by a URISE grant from the National Institutes of Health


    The Biology Department at Detroit Mercy includes thirteen full-time faculty who engage in scientific research, mentorship, and student-advising for students within the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Health Professions. The department serves approximately undergraduate Biology majors as well as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Chemistry, and Biochemistry majors. The Biology Department also provides accelerated and early assurance programs in cooperation with the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, the Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant graduate program, and Michigan State College of Human Medicine.

    A successful candidate would be one who has a strong interest in implementing student-centered, evidence-based pedagogical practices and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek a collaborative educator who is also an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting the diverse population of undergraduate students we are seeking to attract. The candidate should have a proposed research agenda geared toward a PUI. Candidates are expected to pursue external funding, disseminate results in refereed publications and conferences, and mentor undergraduate students in the laboratory. While the specific area of research focus is broad, the ability to engage undergraduate students in research is essential.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    Teaching responsibilities will include teaching Physiology, and upper-level courses based on their area of expertise that complement or expand current offerings in the department. Of particular interest is experience or the ability to teach Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, and/or Kinesiology.

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Candidates must hold a doctorate . or terminal degree in a basic science or biology specialty such as physiology, sports medicine, and/or kinesiology by the fall of 2024.

    • Experience teaching in a college setting using active teaching strategies, having developed, taught, and/or assessed undergraduate or graduate level physiology, sports medicine, and kinesiology, or has developed a client/patient education outreach tool similar.

    • Record of scholarship that demonstrates the ability to pursue external funding, and dissemination of research in refereed publications and/or conferences.

    • Has a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Commitment to innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies that enhance student learning outcomes for a diverse undergraduate student body.

    • Commitment to service of the department, college, university, and community in alignment with the mission of the university.

    • Commitment to student-centered mentoring and advising a students' holistic development, including encouraging students to reflect and engage with biology/science in a broader social context.

    • Experience working with undergraduate students in a research laboratory.

    Physical Requirements

    Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).

    Work Environment

    Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.

    Salary/Pay Information

    Commensurate with experience

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Candidates must apply by completing an application and uploading materials. Materials must include:

    (1) a detailed cover letter describing the ways your background addresses the required and preferred qualifications;

    (2) a one-page teaching philosophy statement;

    (3) a one-page statement of your research plans that specifically addresses the inclusion of undergraduate students;

    (4) diversity statement describing evidence of your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,

    (5) a complete curriculum vitae,

    (6) the names and contact information of three professional references.

    Please do not include any letters of recommendation-they will be requested for all semi-finalist.

    To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the full consideration date until the positions are filled.

    Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, Detroit Mercy is an independent Jesuit-Mercy Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The US News and World Report ranked Detroit Mercy in the top tier in the Midwest. The University seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a culturally diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all races and backgrounds.

    Inclusivity is Our Priority: We are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable learning environment. Your unique background and experiences will enrich our academic community and help us push the boundaries of innovation in Mechanical Engineering.

    Inspire the Next Generation: Our students come from diverse backgrounds and are eager to learn. By joining us, you will have the chance to inspire and educate the next generation of mechanical engineers.

    Collaboration and Support: You'll be part of a supportive community of academics who are passionate about their fields. Collaborate with like-minded experts to drive innovation and create a better future.

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