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Associate Professor and Chair of Biology

Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 5, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Salary Band
Commensurate with Experience
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Biology in the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University is seeking a department chair whose innovative and creative leadership and instruction will complement and enhance the department’s pre-health profession related programs.  While area of specialization is open, preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and/or Genetics who can complement the pre-health profession related curriculum. 


Annual department chair appointments are for nine months and require teaching of 15 credit hours per academic year.  Department chairs serve three years terms, are renewable, and hold academic faculty appointments.  Compensation, rank and length of tenure track will be commensurate with experience.


The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their teaching, scholarship, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The Department of Biology is interested in candidates who understand of the barriers facing women and people of color in higher education and bring a perspective that comes from a non-traditional educational background or understanding of the experiences under-represented populations.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with a start date for the position of August 2022.  Finalists will be expected to present an engaging teaching demonstration as part of the interview process.


Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with the Petree College of Arts and Science Dean’s Office and Enrollment Management, develop a comprehensive strategy for sustained enrollment growth through the recruitment of new students and student retention.
  • Provide vision and leadership for student success leading to graduation and entry of students into professional and/or graduate programs, and other relevant career opportunities.
  • Oversee program rigor, academic excellence, and student success through curriculum design, course quality, and assessment of student learning outcomes and teaching.
  • Oversee evaluation of department faculty members and make recommendations for renewal of contracts, promotion, and tenure.
    • Prepare class schedules and teaching assignments of the department's faculty.
  • Manage financial resources by preparing and proposing budget requests, approving expenditures, prioritizing department needs, and following university budget policies.
  • Advise students and oversee academic advisement by the department’s faculty.
  • Hire and oversee adjunct faculty as needs arise.
  • Advocate for the department as integral to the missions of the college and the university and advance the needs of the department to campus administration.
  • Help raise the visibility of the department both on campus and nationally/internationally.
  • Build productive and long-term relationships with alumni, community, and corporate sponsors.
  • Establish and coordinate the efforts of a Biology Advisory Board. 
  • Demonstrate collegiality and service to the college and the university community at large by actively participating on various committees.
  • Coordinate and monitor the department’s web page and social media content.
  • Communicate and disseminate information received from administrative offices to members of the department.
  • Conduct regular departmental meetings.
  • Oversee program acquisitions for the library.
  • Resolve student and faculty issues.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned by the Dean, Provost and President.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD in related field from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Minimum of 5 years of teaching experience at the college/university level (beyond the teaching assistant level) with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching, research, and service.
  • A demonstrated and sustained commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education with a focus on increasing the participation of underrepresented students and faculty.
  • A demonstrated and sustained commitment to student success that includes the recruitment, retention, graduation, and placement of undergraduate students.
  • A demonstrated and sustained commitment to academic excellence and a belief in a liberal arts education where ethical and critical thinking, and effective communication are highly valued.
  • Must be eligible to work in the US.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant, relevant, and successful experience in a comparable faculty leadership position in higher education.
  • A strong record of successful faculty and student mentoring, program and curriculum innovation, and the cultivation and promotion of a shared vision among colleagues.
  • A record of professional service and community engagement at department, college, university, discipline, and/or community levels.


Procedure for Submitting Applications

  • Submit a 1) cover letter, 2) curriculum vitae containing list of professional references, 3) statement of leadership vision (philosophy) and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, 4) statement of teaching philosophy, and 5) unofficial transcripts. 

Contact For Additional Questions

Search Chair: Professor of Biology, Anthony Stancampiano,

Diversity Advocate: Professor of Biology, Laurie Kauffman,

About the Department of Biology

Biology students enjoy small class sizes with a variety of traditional, online, and field-trip formats, taught by Ph.D. faculty that also guide students through one of four curricular paths (Biology, Biology Education, Biomedical Science, and Cell and Molecular Biology) and through preparation for graduate school and professional programs or employment after graduation.  See department website for more information:

About the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University

The Petree College of Arts and Sciences embraces the value of a liberal arts education and prepares students in all disciplines to think critically, creatively, and ethically. Our students are challenged to become servant leaders through an education that engages them to become socially and ecologically responsible citizens in our world. Through rigorous coursework taught by excellent faculty, the Petree College is committed to an education that is relevant, socially engaged, and life transforming. The faculty and staff of Petree College are not only concerned about preparing students for careers. More importantly, we want to prepare you for life. We hope that you will join us to participate in an education that will make a difference for you and for the world.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Employee Benefits

The faculty of OCU are afforded a generous and comprehensive benefits package designed to fit the needs of you and your family.  Benefits offered include: health (medical, dental and vision) insurance, flexible spending accounts, university paid life insurance, university paid long-term disability insurance, retirement plans, and tuition remission for employees and qualifying dependents who wish to take classes or pursue a degree at OCU.

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