Anatomy/Comparative Anatomy, Associate/Assistant Professor (AA20050)

Mankato, Minnesota
Depends on Qualifications
January 12 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in Human Anatomy with lab (BIOL 220) and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy with lab (to be developed by the candidate)
  • The successful candidate may also teach a course in area of expertise and additional courses in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • This position will supervise/advise graduate students.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credits per semester of instruction.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in a biological science or related field with a dissertation in vertebrate anatomy, developmental biology, evolution and development, neurobiology, physiology, animal science, or molecular/cellular biology. (Conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
  • Postdoctoral experience
  • A successful research record as demonstrated by, but not limited to, extramural funding and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Background or evidence of knowledge in vertebrate anatomy.
  • Teaching and/or research experience in, but not limited to, vertebrate anatomy, evolution and development, bioinformatics, animal science, and/or reproductive biology.
  • College/university teaching experience in courses similar to those listed in the responsibilities (graduate teaching assistant experience acceptable)
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed below, along with additional courses depending on the department's needs.
  • Course list: The courses include Human Anatomy (BIOL 220; a large enrollment mixed major biology course) and Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain an active research agenda.
  • Potential to involve undergraduate and graduate students in research.
  • Research interests that are compatible with University and Department infrastructure.
  • Potential to secure external grant funding.

Additional Information

The Department of Biological Sciences has 800 undergraduate students pursuing BS degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Science and 35 graduate students seeking MS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The Department currently has over 20 tenure-track faculty. More information on the Department of Biological Sciences can be found here:

University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving ~18,000 students annually, the University is an applied research institution, with >200 academic programs, from bachelor's through doctoral degrees. The University is a diverse and global campus with 18+% students of color and 1,300+ international students from 95 countries, cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships.  With ~1,700 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and generates $781.5 million in economic impact per year. Minnesota State University, Mankato is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities.

Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at


To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website, select the job title, and click the green "Apply" button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three(3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate's relevant graduate degree(s)
  • Cover Letter
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment
  • A one (1) page statement of your teaching philosophy
  • A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests


David Sharlin
Biological Sciences
242 Trafton Science Center South
Minnesota State University, Mankato
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
Phone: 507-389-1085

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