Assistant Professor of Biology in Organismal Biology
The Department of Biology at St. Mary’s College of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Ross Fellow) position in Organismal Biology beginning August 2023. We seek a biologist with demonstrated potential for excellence in undergraduate education and mentorship. Teaching responsibilities include participating in biology core courses as needed (Contemporary Biosciences, Principles of Biology I, Principles of Biology II, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution) and upper division electives in their specialty.
Ph.D. required; postdoctoral training and/or teaching experience preferred. We seek candidates with a commitment to excellence in teaching as well as maintaining an active research program that has the potential to involve undergraduates. Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccination, medical and religious exemptions will be considered.
With the support of the Office of Inclusive Diversity, Equity, Access, and Accountability (IDEA2), St. Mary’s College has designated this position as part of a two-year cluster hire initiative designed to increase the diversity of SMCM faculty. Programs participating in this cluster hire include Anthropology, Biology, Environmental Studies, History, Mathematics, and Psychology. The College seeks to build and support a network of committed scholars whose pedagogical practice-- across their diverse fields of specialization-- improves the educational experience of underrepresented students. Candidates who demonstrate commitment to and past experience supporting BIPOC, first generation, and low-income students will be given preference. St. Mary’s College is particularly interested in candidates whose teaching is culturally responsive, and grounded in strategies that both increase student belonging and reduce equity gaps in student performance. In addition to negotiated startup funds, new faculty in this cluster hire cohort will be supported by research funds up to $5000 in the first two years, paid professional development opportunities, individualized strategic mentoring, campus and community onboarding, and a dedicated steering committee to oversee the long-term success of the initiative and its participants.
Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary's College of Maryland is a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution which has been designated as Maryland's public honors college. We are located in St. Mary's City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. With selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges. St. Mary’s faculty benefit from a comprehensive program of support for scholarship, research, travel, and curriculum development, including course releases for pre-tenure faculty and leaves for tenured faculty. The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and by our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
St. Mary’s College (www.smcm.edu) embodies diversity and inclusion in its mission. We create an environment that recognizes the value of individual and group differences, and we encourage inquiries from applicants who will contribute to our cultural and ethnic diversity. Application materials should include a cover letter in which the candidate describes how their teaching at the College will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity, curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available). Applicants should also arrange for the submission of three confidential letters of recommendation. Applicants can request confidential letters through their Interfolio Dossier account, which may be uploaded for free by the letter writer directly to our Interfolio-hosted account for committee review. Applications are being accepted online at: apply.interfolio.com/109012. Questions may be directed to Dr. Kevin Emerson.
Review of applications will begin October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.