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Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology

Sweet Briar College
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
Oct 9, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Sustainability, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
Sweet Briar is a liberal arts college for women with a long history of forging female leaders. After a near closure in 2015, the College was saved by its alumnae and underwent dramatic transformation. Today Sweet Briar College is repeatedly named by the US News and World Report as one of the most innovative liberal arts colleges in the nation. Sweet Briar College is financially stable and actively growing again, attracting students who are drawn to it for its excellent liberal arts program, coupled with distinctive programs in women leadership, engineering, sustainability, arts and its legendary equestrian program. Its campus is one of the nation's most spectacular, replete with nature sanctuaries, lakes, forests, trails, and most recently, vineyards, apiary and greenhouses.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title: Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology

Classification: Full-time, benefits eligible, tenure-track faculty position

Reports To: STEM Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the Assistant (or Associate) Professor level beginning Fall 2023. We seek outstanding, highly motivated candidates who demonstrate teaching excellence, maintain an active research program, and are committed to the development of our students. The successful candidate will teach a variety of lecture and lab courses, such as animal physiology, microbiology, entomology, or developmental biology, and be excited about developing a new biology elective that complements our current offerings. They will share the responsibility of teaching Introductory Biology and non-majors within the Leadership Core (our liberal arts general education curriculum). The College's academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student-faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines. Our teaching load is 3 course equivalents per semester.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field, have enthusiasm for campus service, and will develop an active research program engaging undergraduate research students. A research laboratory and startup monies are available. Additional support for research includes small faculty research grants yearly, conference funding, and summer research funding for undergraduates. Teaching support is available through university-wide workshops and a faculty mentoring program.

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.

Required Qualifications:

· A Ph.D. or ABD in Biology (or related field) from an accredited institution;

· Demonstrated excellence in teaching;

· Demonstrated interest in working across disciplines and engaging in collaborative scholarship, teaching, and service; and

· Excellent communication skills.

How to Apply:

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; and 4) a statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references. The materials should be assembled to a single pdf and loaded into the job application portal. Review of applications will begin immediately with preference given to completed applications received by November 1, 2022.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Biology - Associate Professor, Location: Washington, DC - 20037

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