Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology with expertise in molecular/cellular biology. This is a full-time position beginning July 1, 2023. Please visit this web page (https://www.hollins.edu/offices-and-services/human-resources/faculty-positions/) to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.
Position and Qualifications
Biology is consistently one of the three most popular undergraduate majors at Hollins, and the department offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees. We provide our majors with a firm grounding in the breadth of biology and the opportunity to focus on upper-level courses in the sub-field of their choice. Our majors are further bolstered by support from the dynamic network of Hollins alumnae/i, as well as connections within the Roanoke community. Additionally, our Biology faculty are actively engaged in and supported in their research endeavors and are committed to providing opportunities and mentorship for undergraduate research. Our annual Science Seminar, currently in its 64th year, highlights student research in STEM. We have developed unique travel/research short-term courses to Ecuador and the Caribbean, as well as specialty courses designed to engage Hollins students who pursue majors within the liberal arts.
We are also committed to fostering change. In collaboration with Education faculty, the Biology Department is a recipient of an NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Capacity Building Grant that will allow the university to realign its biology and education curricula to better support students from diverse backgrounds in their pursuit of a STEM degree and licensure in secondary education. Hollins is one of the nation’s most dynamic and diverse women’s colleges with an undergraduate student population that includes 32% US-American students of color, 36% Pell-eligible students, 32% first-generation college students, and 8% international students.
We invite candidates with a Ph.D. (or who will have one in hand by July 1, 2023) in biology with expertise in molecular/cellular biology to apply for this position. The successful candidate will be a teacher-scholar with experience teaching at the molecular/cellular level, evidence of scholarly accomplishment, and a strong commitment to teaching excellence and innovation at a liberal arts institution. Preference will be given to candidates who value mentoring students who are first-generation, limited-income, and/or from historically underrepresented groups in STEM.
The position carries the equivalent of six courses per academic year (each laboratory section receives 0.5 teaching credits). The successful candidate will teach the sophomore level core lecture and laboratory course in molecular and cellular biology each year, as well as offer an upper-level lecture and laboratory course in genetics every other year. The successful candidate will also have the chance to develop and offer at least one upper-level molecular or cellular course in their field of interest, to contribute to the general education curriculum (including specialty courses for the non-scientists or first-year seminars), and to teach on rotation in the Biology department’s Sophomore Seminar and Senior Capstone courses.
Additional duties include service to the department and university, such as student mentorship and advising; supervision of undergraduate internships, research, and theses; and active participation in campus-wide faculty governance. Hollins offers support for pre-tenure faculty including funding for travel and research, professional development, and pre-tenure course releases.
Known for its creative and highly engaged student body, Hollins University prides itself on its nationally-recognized and award-winning undergraduate and graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.
Screening of candidates will begin October 14, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- A cover letter;
- A curriculum vitae; and
- A diversity, equity, and inclusion statement that addresses your approach to teaching, mentoring, and recruiting students from underrepresented backgrounds, and how you promote inclusivity and anti-racism in your teaching, writing, research, and/or service.
Candidates advanced to the second phase of review will be invited to submit the following materials:
- A teaching statement;
- A research statement focusing on how one’s research program may incorporate undergraduates;
- Evidence of effective teaching (e.g., sample syllabi, course evaluations, etc.)
- Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on the candidate’s teaching experience and abilities, and at least one of which should focus on the candidate’s ability to engage undergraduates in research); and
- Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.
Applicants should submit materials via this web page (https://hollins.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01BxsVPSr5GT6oS). The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and once they accept a contingent employment offer, a criminal history background check will be conducted. For questions about the position, please contact search chair Renee Godard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.