Assistant Professor of Biology

New Mexico, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 17, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

General Summary: 

Use appropriate teaching methods to facilitate student learning for Biology courses.

This is a Assistant Professor, 9 month, Tenure Track position.

Job Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Teaching responsibilities consist of 12 credit hours per semester, comprising of lectures and labs.
  2. Primary responsibilities will be instruction of undergraduate Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, and other courses as needed and/or within the instructor’s areas of expertise.   This position in the Department of Natural Sciences supports the School of Nursing and Kinesiology.
  3. Develops syllabi, maintain materials, and supplies for the classes assigned.
  4. Advises students for major and minor degree plans. 
  5. Teaches students how to study and develop good working habits.
  6. Supervises students participating in undergraduate, student-directed research.
  7. Researches program suitable to a small, teaching university that accommodates the inclusion of undergraduate students.
  8. Maintains a safe working environment and complies with all state and federal safety regulations.
  9. Incorporate current technology into courses as appropriate, and teach online and/or televised courses as needed.
  10. Participates in departmental and University committees and special projects.
  11. Provides a broad range of administrative and supervisory functions. Supervises assigned staff in accordance with WNMU personnel practices including recruitment, training, performance evaluation, guidance, etc. Participates in the process of ongoing personal and professional development. Maintains comprehensive communication among all contacts (internal and external). Models professional standards and ethics in accordance with WNMU philosophy.
  12. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  1. Job Knowledge: The successful candidate should possess a broad background in Biology, and will be required to teach over a two-year period, biology, anatomy and physiology I & II (a two-course series), upper-division Microbiology, and other courses as needed, with primary emphasis on courses leading to admission into WNMU’s Nursing program.  Additionally, experience working with underprepared students in a small classroom environment. Knowledge teaching students how to study and develop good working habits. Background in current teaching research strategies and new approaches to pedagogy will be an asset. Must be able to adapt to instructional needs of the department depending on circumstances. Must be knowledgeable of University policies and procedures. Must be able to handle multiple deadlines and maintain accuracy. Must be sensitive to cultural differences within the University and community. Fluent in Microsoft Office Applications. May be required to work additional hours or days depending on circumstances.
  2. Working Conditions/Physical Demands (With or Without Accommodations): Normal classroom and laboratory environment. May be required to lift normal office equipment and materials. Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information. Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication. Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions. Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.

Certifications/Licenses & Minimum Requirements:

 Ph.D. in Biology preferred. Master’s degree in Biology or relevant related field is required, with successful experience and broad background in human anatomy, physiology, and microbiology. Bilingual (Spanish) preferred. 

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