Assistant Professor of Biology Three-Year Position

Berea, Kentucky
October 12 2017
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Full Time
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Pending grant approval, the Berea College Department of Biology invites applications for a three-year position at the Assistant Professor level, to begin August 2018. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a biological field with expertise in the methodologies of molecular biology, bioinformatics and/or genomics, a strong commitment to teaching, and the ability to actively engage undergraduates in research within courses and during summer projects. Previous college teaching experience is strongly preferred; post-doctoral experience is valuable. Teaching responsibilities in the Biology Department will include required introductory and advanced biology courses and course(s) in the applicant’s area of specialty. The candidate will also be expected to teach in the College’s General Education Program. The candidate is expected to develop an active research program involving undergraduate students.

Berea College is committed in its mission to provide a quality education to high-ability students of limited economic means, to foster interracial and intercultural education, and to serve the Appalachian region. Berea seeks faculty committed to excellence in teaching, invested in scholarship and their discipline, dedicated to involving students in research, and who are also supportive of Berea’s core mission.

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vitae, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, research proposal, and three letters of recommendation to Applicants should also complete and send the Faculty Application available at along with other materials. Review of materials will begin November 15, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries. The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. It admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a Tuition Promise Scholarship, meaning no student ever pays tuition. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week. Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2016 and 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 15,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.