Austin College is a leading national private liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name. Recognized nationally for academic excellence in the areas of international education, pre-professional training, and leadership studies, the College provides an academically challenging and lively community of students, staff, and faculty committed to intellectual growth through individual and collaborative endeavors. Austin College (AC) is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book, Colleges That Change Lives.
The Austin College Department of Biology invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Biology to begin in August 2024. We seek a broadly trained molecular or cellular biologist. Candidates with a disciplinary focus in developmental biology, cancer biology, immunology, neurobiology, or a related field are especially attractive.
Teaching responsibilities include introductory cell and molecular biology, upper-level cell and molecular biology courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, and occasional non-majors science courses. The standard 9-month teaching load is 12 contact hours per semester (2 courses that include lecture and accompanying lab) plus a January Term course every other year. Candidates should consider how they will engage undergraduates in research, either through coursework, or in directed or independent projects during the summer or academic year. Startup funds are available and additional funding is available for mentoring students in summer research. In addition, faculty are expected to participate in campus service, faculty governance, and to mentor students as academic advisors. The successful candidate will have strong commitments to innovative teaching in a liberal arts environment and to fostering and encouraging diversity in their classroom through their pedagogy.
Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those who share our commitment to inclusion and diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Austin College faculty pride themselves in providing a welcoming working community. Austin College is also an emerging (24%) Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and serves a majority-minority population. Student demographic information can be found here: https://www.austincollege.edu/about/fast-facts/
Candidates should send the following:
• letter of application
• copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial are sufficient for the application),
• statement of teaching philosophy, no more than one page
• statement of research that includes a description of how you would engage our undergraduate students in research, no more than one page
• a diversity and inclusion statement (which must indicate the ways candidates foster goals of inclusion and diversity in their teaching, scholarship, and/or service), no more than one page
• names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected)
Please combine materials into one PDF document and email it to BiologySearch@austincollege.edu.
Review of applications will begin September 1, 2023 and continue until the position has been filled. The successful candidate will have an earned Ph.D. by the August 2024 start date, a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the potential to engage undergraduates in research.
Austin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that serves a diverse student body and is committed to the same in the hiring process. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.