Tenure Track Faculty Position in Biology Fall 2018, School of Science and Mathematics

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Position:  A tenure-track faculty position is available in the Department of Biology at Truman State University, a top-ranked public liberal arts and sciences university. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching an introductory course in cellular and molecular biology, make regular contributions to teaching needs in upper-level courses (e.g., genetics, cell biology, and/or microbiology) and specialty electives. The particular area of research and the focal level of biological organization are flexible, but the successful candidate will be expected to provide high-quality research experiences involving undergraduates and employ modern data acquisition and analytical techniques (e.g., molecular techniques, bioinformatics, mathematical modeling). Additional opportunities for offering courses that support the liberal arts mission of the university will be periodically available, and service to the department and university are expected. This assignment will begin in August of 2018.  This position requires a Ph.D. (completed by June 1, 2019) in Biology or a related field.

Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; support for the liberal arts and sciences mission of the University; teaching philosophy and experience; demonstrated potential for success in teaching Biology courses; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; research interests and research plans with the potential for involving undergraduates; and compatibility with the department’s needs.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Program: The Department of Biology is part of the School of Science and Mathematics at Truman State University. The Department has 26 faculty members, approximately 600 undergraduate majors. Beyond our majors curriculum, the discipline offers courses in Truman’s Liberal Studies Program (LSP); opportunities for faculty members to pursue interdisciplinary teaching and research occur both within the School and as part of the LSP. For more information about the Biology Department, please visit http://biology.truman.edu/

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree.  

Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research, and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top five of its master’s university rankings in each of the past five years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in Northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and has a medical school, dental school, and community college.  The Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the NEMO Triathlon, and the Red, White, and Blue Festival. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forrest Lake.  Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at kirksvillechamber.com

Application:  The application process is handled by the School of Science and Mathematics. Electronic submission of applications is required and must be completed at http://employment.truman.edu.  Completed applications must include a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, a statement of research interests and goals, CV, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference.

Review of applications will begin on January 31, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicant must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Stephen Hudman, Biology Department Chair, shudman@truman.edu.

Truman is an equal employment opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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