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Assistant Professor of Biology

Stephens College
Columbia, Missouri
Salary commensurate with experience.
Date posted
Nov 29, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details


Stephens College invites applications for a full-time 9-month non-tenure track position in Biology in the School of Health Sciences. The ideal candidate will be able to develop and teach innovative, engaging, student-centered courses within the biology, integrative human biology, and nursing majors in two or more of the following areas: introductory biology; anatomy & physiology; animal behavior; vertebrate biology; evolution. Preference will be given to candidates with a plan to engage undergraduate students in their research program, who have mentored students completing research projects, and/or who are dedicated to experiential learning. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to an expanding set of opportunities for collaborative and undergraduate research in a small college setting, including the new WiSR (Women in STEM Research) Program. The specific area of research is open, but those focused on vertebrate animal biology may be given preference.

Job Duties:

  1. Develop and teach undergraduate courses in biology
  2. Academic advising for undergraduate students
  3. Develop and pursue a research program with undergraduate students
  4. Provide service to the college and profession
  5. Assist in development of curricula and programs within the School of Health Sciences

Stephens College is committed to the promotion of diversity and thus the candidate should facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. Candidates should have an understanding and knowledge of multicultural and diversity issues, and their potential applications to pedagogy, programming, and service activity.

Education & Experience:


  1. Earned PhD in biology, animal science, or related field
  2. Experience teaching at the collegiate or university level
  3. Record of research accomplishments and program suited for undergraduate student participation
  4. Ability to implement innovative and diverse teaching styles to a wide-variety of learners
  5. Excellent collaborative and communication skills

Highly Desired:

  1. Postdoctoral research experience
  2. Experience mentoring undergraduate research students
  3. Academic advising of undergraduate students
  4. Candidates who can teach a cadaver-based anatomy course are encouraged to apply

Stephens College is a women’s college proudly located in downtown Columbia, MO, home to the University of Missouri and two private colleges with a total student population of about 40,000. Since our founding in 1833, we’ve been offering innovative, career-focused programs sound in the liberal arts with a focus on creative arts and sciences. We take a hands-on, experiential approach to education, making sure our students get both quality classroom instruction and external work experiences that complement their coursework. Stephens College prepares students to become leaders and innovators in a rapidly changing world. Graduate, online, and certificate programs available to women and men as part of our commitment to lifelong learning. 

The college prides itself on fostering a close-knit faculty community and on providing a welcoming, learning-centered environment for students. The learning community is distinguished by small classes, close engagement with faculty, intellectual rigor, and dynamic programs of study that reflect the College’s mission of lifelong learning. Stephens College contributes to the vibrant social and cultural climate which makes Columbia such a desirable place to live.

Stephens College offers excellent benefits, including vacation/holiday/sick pay, health/dental/life insurance, tuition waiver and college-matched retirement plan.

Stephens College does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities on the basis of age, color, disability, gender expression and identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status and all other classifications protected by law. Stephens College also prohibits retaliation against any person opposing discrimination or participating in any discrimination investigation or complaint process internally or externally. Reports of misconduct, questions regarding Title IX or disability accommodations, any other concerns related to equity or noncompliance, or requests for a complete copy of the College’s policy should be directed to the Stephens College Equity Compliance Team at, or (573) 876-2321 or the Assistant Secretary of Education within the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at 


Stephens College

Founded in 1833, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission to Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace the future. We focus on these principles through the School of Health Sciences, Conservatory for the Performing Arts, and School of Integrative Studies.

Stephens continues to prepare graduates (whether from our undergraduate residential college, co-educational graduate programs, or 98-year-strong Children’s School) for the lives that await them — lives of distinction, integrity and service.

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