Assistant Professor of Biology

Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Nov 03, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Tenure-track, Biology faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Genetics

General Duties & Responsibilities: The Department of Biology at Southern Utah University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Genetics to begin in Fall of 2021.  We seek an individual with a strong commitment to undergraduate education to teach core introductory Genetics courses, General Biology courses and the associated laboratory courses. Multiple sections of this course are taught by different faculty members in a collaborative and supportive environment. Additional teaching assignments, such as Introductory Biology, may be made based on departmental need. 

Preference will be given to applicants with backgrounds or research interests that complement current strengths in the department and who have the potential to establish an active undergraduate research program that results in presentations and publications. Professional service on departmental and university committees is also required.

Qualifications: We seek outstanding, highly motivated candidates that demonstrate teaching excellence and are committed to the development of our students.

Required Qualifications: A terminal degree (Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.) in Biology or related field is required.  ABD will be considered if the degree is conferred by start date.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Prior undergraduate teaching experience. 
  • Experience using evidence-based teaching and assessment techniques.  Demonstrated experience and a commitment to excellence in undergraduate research. Strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students in an undergraduate academic setting.

Additional Information: Southern Utah University is a comprehensive, regional graduate and undergraduate degree-granting university. Located in Cedar City, Utah, it is an accredited, state-supported institution with an enrollment of over 12,000 students. SUU, the University of the Parks, is located in the heart of spectacular beauty and biological diversity, and is surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas that draw millions of visitors annually from around the world. Residents of the area enjoy an abundance of sunshine, clean air and year-round outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding, etc. Cedar City is steeped in a rich history and active participation in the arts including the Tony-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival on the SUU campus. SUU is 2 ½ hours north of Las Vegas and 3 ½ hours south of Salt Lake City.

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. SUU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, paid holidays, affordable medical/dental/vision insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, employee/spouse/dependent fee-waivers (undergraduate resident) and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

In accordance with Utah State Code 53A-3-410, appointment to this position is contingent upon the successful passing of a background check.

First Consideration Date: December 20, 2020

Closing Date: Open until filled

Required Applicant Documents: Applications must include: 1) a cover letter of interest, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) teaching philosophy statement, 4) one example syllabus for a Genetics Lecture course, 5) one example syllabus for a Genetics Laboratory course, 6) unofficial graduate transcripts, and 7) contact information for three references, with one speaking to teaching ability (applicants will be notified before references are contacted). Additional information may be requested (i.e. documentation of teaching effectiveness, lecture activities, and laboratory activities).

To Apply: Submit an application electronically beginning November 20, 2020 at 



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