Visiting Assistant Professors of Biology (Two Positions, 1-Year Term Appointments)

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Minnesota, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 08, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Biology at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invites applications for two full-time, one year term positions starting August 2021, one in microbiology and one in genetics.

The Department of Biology has 16 full-time faculty representing the full spectrum of biological sub-disciplines. Small class sizes and hands-on learning are the norm in both introductory and advanced Biology classes. We have a large array of modern laboratory equipment and unique field resources.

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from   St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB/SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.

CSB/SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB/SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative education of their students.  Please view our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.

With a total enrollment of approximately 3,300 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development. For further information, see

Institutional Commitment to Diversity
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference. Please view our Institutional Statement on Diversity.

CSB/SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.


Microbiology position:
The successful candidate will teach lectures and labs in Microbiology (BIOL 212), which gives a survey of microorganisms emphasizing those that cause disease and is taken by students in the nursing curriculum, along with labs and lectures in Foundations of Biology (BIOL 101), which gives an overview of the fundamental themes of biology within the context of a specific biological topic.

Genetics position:
The successful candidate will teach lectures and labs in Foundations of Biology (BIOL 101) which gives an overview of the fundamental themes of biology within the context of a specific biological topic, and in Intermediate Cell Biology and Genetics (BIOL 201), which covers biological molecules, cell structure, cell signaling, metabolism, and classical and molecular genetics. The teaching assignment also includes lectures and labs in General Genetics (BIOL 316), which covers principles and applications of gene transmission.

Both positions:

  • The candidate is welcome, but not required, to maintain a research program.
  • The candidate will participate in department service and activities.


  • Ph.D. in an appropriate biological discipline
  • Ability to teach in areas of expertise listed above
  • Ability to teach creatively in introductory biology courses listed above
  • Commitment to inclusive practices in the classroom and workplace
  • Ability to work as an effective team member in a highly collaborative department with multi­-section courses
  • Commitment to the education of undergraduates in a liberal arts environment
  • Effective communication and presentation skills

Previous experience teaching introductory biology, microbiology, or genetics in lecture and laboratory settings.

To Apply:

To view the posting and apply online, please visit our employment opportunities webpage at Candidates are asked to complete the faculty application and to submit the following application materials:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy, including how you will integrate diversity and support inclusion for all students in the classroom
  4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, for example: course evaluations, examples of course materials developed by candidate, peer or student testimonials, or other materials
  5. Unofficial copies of graduate transcript(s); official copy required upon hire
  6. Names and contact information of three references

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.