Assistant Professor of Biology (Kinesiology)

Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Working Title

Assistant Professor of Biology (Kinesiology)

Appointment Type

Full Time

Purpose of Position

The Department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Biology (Kinesiology), effective August 2021. The University seeks a teacher-scholar committed to undergraduate education who will engage a diverse group of students in creative intellectual challenges and pursue a robust research program in their field. The successful applicant must be able to support the development of a new major in Kinesiology and teach courses such as Introduction to Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology, Biostatistics, or Biomechanics and contribute to the Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Biology major. The applicant may have the opportunity to develop courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, teach lower division courses in our Liberal Learning Core, and support the M.S. in Environmental Science. The nominal teaching load for this appointment is 3-3.

The Ph.D. in Kinesiology, Biology, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Preference will be given to candidates with post-doc experience. In some cases, exceptionally well-qualified candidates may be considered for appointment at a higher rank and ABD candidates who will not hold the Ph.D. by the time of appointment may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information

The department of Molecular Biology and Chemistry is composed of 21 faculty members and housed in an $80 Million integrated science building that includes dedicated research space for faculty in three departments and has over $1M of instrumentation, including ICP-OES, HPLC, FTIR, X-ray diffractometer, fluorometer and fluorescence plate reader, UV/Vis, GC-MS, LC-MS, a 400 MHz NMR, confocal microscope, real-time thermocycler, and other standard molecular biology equipment as well as a vivarium. The department oversees roughly 450 students who are in pursuit of the B.S. degree in Biology with majors in both Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Biology and Kinesiology and the B.S. degree in Chemistry with majors in both Chemistry and Biochemistry. The department works in conjunction with the Psychology department to support the B.S. degree in Neuroscience through the Neuroscience program.

Faculty Information

CNU is committed to outstanding teaching and learning, undergraduate education, and the liberal studies core; The Fall 2020 freshman class of 1,155 students was selected from 7,300 admission applications, and presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1184, respectively. The University has a new and technologically advanced campus, located between Colonial Williamsburg and the Virginia coast. The campus integrates the University’s liberal arts vision, nurturing mind, body, and spirit. Facilities include the state-of-the-art Trible Library; three new academic buildings including a newly opened integrated science building; the Freeman Center athletic complex; and the I.M. Pei-designed Ferguson Center for the Arts, which brings to Virginia the finest performing artists in the world. Opening in 2021 and adjoining the Ferguson Center, the $57 million Fine Arts Center will house over 7,500 sq. ft of gallery exhibition space, state-of-the art teaching and museum learning spaces, studios and classrooms. It will serve the university community and the entire Peninsula region.

Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the workplace. For further information, please visit our website at


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Application Instructions

To apply, please provide a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of research interests, statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of recommendation. (Letters should be uploaded with application materials or emailed to

Review of applications will begin on March 10, 2021.
Applications received after March 10, 2021, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

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