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Assistant Professor- Tenure-Track - Biology - 20174

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 26, 2023


The Department of Biology in the College of Letters and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology with expertise in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) beginning August 2024.


This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in biology, conducting research, and providing service to the university and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise and may/should include teaching and learning methodologies and programmatic/curricular design and assessment.

The successful candidate will have a broad general background in biology with the pedagogical skills and expertise to effectively support the diverse needs of students, particularly at the introductory level. The primary teaching responsibilities will be in Introductory Biology (for majors and non-majors), as part of the Biology and General Education programs. The ideal candidate would also be able to teach courses in Human Anatomy & Physiology. The candidate will be expected to pursue an active research agenda in DBER that engages undergraduate students and contributes to advancing the department, university, profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities as a member of the university community.


Minimum Qualifications:
  • A Ph.D. in Biology, Biology Education, or a biological science is required.
  • ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2024; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2025 in advance of their first scheduled review.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly potential, a commitment to the principles of inclusivity, and serving as an active member of the university community.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Willingness and ability to be an active participant in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training drills.
  • Ability to interact respectfully with people from diverse socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Full-time teaching responsibilities may include Biological Foundations, Introductory Biology I/II, Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II, and corresponding labs. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminars or University Learning Communities or participate in other programs geared toward improving student success.
  • Research expectations include maintaining an active program of research leading to publications in peer-reviewed journals, and research presentations. Grant activity is encouraged.
  • Faculty members are expected to serve as academic advisors/mentors to students and to supervise undergraduate research students.
  • Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate's expertise and interest.

The Biology department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers Bachelor's degrees in Biology, with emphases in five areas: Cell/Physiology; Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior; Honors; Marine Biology and Freshwater Ecology; and Pre-Biomedical Professions. The Biology department has more than 400 majors and ~50 minors. We also serve the University by offering several general education courses and supporting the pre-health professions certificates in dental, medical, physician's assistant, optometry, and veterinary medicine. Our department is particularly supportive of undergraduate research with dedicated research labs for each of our faculty members, and many of our students have presented their work at national and regional meetings. More information about the College of Letters and Science ( ) and the Biology department ( ) may be found at the included links.


UW-Whitewater is a thriving public university located in southeastern Wisconsin. It leads the way in providing world-class, affordable higher education programs to more students than neighboring regional comprehensives in the University of Wisconsin System. A collaborative team of 1,300 faculty and staff are devoted to the success of the university's 11,000 students at its main and Rock County campuses. The team provides high-impact practices and academic programs - online and in person - from associate to doctoral levels. Recognized nationally for affordability, inclusion, and career development, UWW has approximately one-third first-generation students and boasts strength in many areas, especially business and education. The campus and community embrace the Warhawk Family spirit, supporting the university's arts and nationally recognized NCAA Division-III level championship athletics. As a proud institution of access, more than 10 percent of undergraduate students use the acclaimed Center for Students with Disabilities - a priority mission since the 1970s.

UW-Whitewater's campuses are located centrally near Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, offering easy access to the cultural and commercial opportunities of major metropolitan areas. Near both Lake Geneva and the Wisconsin Dells, the area attracts numerous visitors from across the country. Whitewater is a vibrant college community near the Kettle Moraine State Forest offering area residents seasonal outdoor enjoyment. The nearby Rock County campus is located in Janesville, a town of 60,000 located on the Rock River and known as Wisconsin's Park Place.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 13-campus University of Wisconsin System ( ).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

Per Regent Policy Document 20-19, University of Wisconsin System Criminal Background Check Policy and UW System Administrative Policy 1275 Recruitment Policies, UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment. All final candidates must be asked, prior to hire, whether they have been found to have engaged in, are currently under investigation for, or left employment during an active investigation in which they were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment. When obtaining employment reference checks, these same sexual violence or sexual harassment questions must also be asked.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see . If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.


Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience, and qualifications.

UW System employees receive an excellent benefit package. To learn more about the UW System's comprehensive benefit package, review the UW System Employee Benefits Brochure .


Applications received by November 1, 2023, are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment or if you are unable to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at (262) 472-1024 or .

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Heather Pelzel
Professor and Department Co-Chair
Department of Biology


Only complete application packages will be considered . This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Letter of application stating interest and qualifications for the position
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Statement of research goals
  • Curriculum Vita
  • Names and contact information for three professional references (letters of recommendation may be solicited at a later time)
  • Copies of unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position)
This Job ID is 20174 .

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