Five Available Positions: Instructor
The Department of Biology invites applications for five full-time Biology Instructor positions. These positions are part of a major hiring effort to strengthen our existing core faculty, with a total of ten new faculty members expected by August 2017.
Responsibilities: Successful applicants will teach undergraduate courses distributed across our curriculum. Primary assignments will be in either Ecology, Human Anatomy, Introductory Biology (majors and non-majors), Cell and Molecular Biology, or Quantitative Biology. In addition, instructors will teach upper level courses in their areas of expertise. Depending on the talents and interests of each applicant, assigned teaching may be online, lecture, laboratory, or field courses. Some positions may require presence on and off-campus during day, evening, and/or weekends, and a valid Virginia driver’s license. Faculty members are expected to contribute to course, curriculum, and program development; participate in campus, university, and community service activities; and engage in activities to stay current in their discipline.
Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or related field is required. Preference will be given to those that have expertise in 1) Ecology, 2) Human Anatomy, 3) Introductory Biology (majors and non- majors), 4) Quantitative Biology, or 5) Cell and Molecular Biology. Prior college-level teaching experience is strongly preferred and successful instructional use of technology and hybrid/online teaching is an advantage. The faculty member should strive to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups, demonstrate through teaching and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience, and will integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods. We seek applicants with lived experiences and/or professional service informed by worldviews and/or perspectives about minority group status including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and disability and who are committed to work in and foster a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment at VCU.
Location: Virginia Commonwealth University has an enrollment of approximately 32,000 students, including over 2,000 undergraduate and over 75 graduate students in Biology. The Department of Biology (biology.vcu.edu) has 50 faculty and affiliated members with diverse research interests in Cell Regulation, Evolution, and Ecological Processes and Applications. The City of Richmond, VA provides a high quality urban living and cultural environment with affordable housing, outstanding schools, and ready access to other metropolitan areas (including Norfolk/Virginia Beach, Washington, DC, Baltimore, NC Research Triangle, Philadelphia, and New York).
Application Process: Applicants should apply online at www.vcujobs.com (position F53750) and submit a cover letter with your area of expertise preference, CV, and statements of research interests and teaching philosophy. You also will be asked to list names and email addresses of three references. An email will be sent to your references, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation. Closing date for receipt of applications and letters is 9 April 2017. Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.