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.
- A Ph.D. in Biology, Biology Education, or a biological science
- 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.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- 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.
- 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
- 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 ( https://www.uww.edu/cls
) and the
Biology department ( https://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/biology#home
) 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 ( https://www.wisconsin.edu
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
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 http://www.uww.edu/asfr
. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the
UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Well-qualified candidates can expect a starting annual salary
commensurate with the candidate's education, related experience,
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
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
includes online submission of the following documents:
This Job ID is 20174
- Letter of application stating interest and qualifications for
- 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
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