Assistant Professor of Biology

Coe College invites applications from dynamic, student-centered individuals for a full-time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology to begin August 2022.

Primary Responsibilities

Teaching responsibilities will include lectures and associated labs in introductory biology courses, integrative human anatomy for majors (including use of Syndaver®) and an upper-level biology elective in the candidate’s area of expertise. Potential areas of specialization might include evolutionary biology, histology or vertebrate anatomy or morphology. Participation in interdisciplinary and First Year Seminar teaching is also expected. The normal course load typically includes two lecture courses and two labs per semester. Non-teaching responsibilities include student-faculty research, student advising, prospective student recruitment and committee work.  

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the biological sciences, with research and/or teaching expertise in human anatomy; postdoctoral experience strongly preferred
  • A commitment to excellent teaching, including the use of inclusive pedagogies along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse undergraduate student populations.
  • An active research agenda that can be modified for undergraduate research, with a publication record in appropriate scientific journals in the candidate’s field of expertise. Previous experience working with undergraduates is preferred.

The department is interested in applicants who will complement our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness among students and faculty and who will enhance and expand the expertise and experiences represented in the department.

Department Profile  

The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with potential additional emphasis in environmental science, molecular biology or neuroscience. The major has been expanding in the past five years, and we graduate approximately 50 undergraduate biology majors per year, making it one of the largest majors on campus. The department also offers courses in service for the college’s nursing and kinesiology programs, as well as for general education. There are seven full-time and three part-time faculty with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as a laboratory manager. Additionally, faculty and professionals in other departments within the college as well as other nearby institutions provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. A recently renovated building (Peterson Hall) is shared with the chemistry and physics departments and contains space for coursework and the college’s natural history collections. The department houses modern laboratory space that include dissection hoods, a greenhouse and analytical and molecular equipment. The college’s off-site Wilderness Field Station is located about 12 miles north of Ely, Minnesota in the 2 ½ million-acre Superior National Forest on remote Low Lake. Groups paddle directly by canoe from the field station into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, expanding the field station "classroom." This area is part of the largest and most pristine wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains.

Applications should include the following

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Summary or Plans
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which documents the candidate’s teaching experience and ability to work with undergraduate students 

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Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.