Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Sweet Briar, Virginia (US)
May 17 2021
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Sweet Briar College, a women’s college increasingly defined by innovation, has launched a bold academic program that integrates the liberal arts with women’s leadership to prepare graduates to address the challenges facing our world. Faculty are committed to cultivating the habits of mind—in problem solving, decision making, and creativity—that are critical for leaders. These values are embedded in the College’s institutional vision and supported by our confidence that academic excellence, small classes, and dedication to empowering young women will position Sweet Briar and its graduates to thrive.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Sweet Briar College is committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.

Job Title:  Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Classification:  Full-time, two-year, benefits eligible with the possibility of long-term renewal

Reports To: STEM Division Head

Job Summary/Objective:

Sweet Briar College invites applications for a two-year appointment as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology with the possibility for long-term renewal.  The successful candidate will be an engaged scholar-teacher and have a strong commitment to undergraduate education, with expertise in genetics, microbiology, or cellular or molecular biology. The incumbent will contribute to teaching Introductory Biology, and have the opportunity to teach other courses in their area of interest, as well as teaching non-majors within our Leadership Core curriculum.  The candidate should have enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduate research. 

The College's academic calendar, with immersive three-week terms bookending traditional 12-week terms, creates an opportunity for innovative courses to take advantage of close student-faculty interactions and collaboration across disciplines.  We are eager to build cross-disciplinary collaborations across the college including those that involve our agricultural operations, the college’s focus on sustainability, and our ABET-accredited engineering program.

Candidates ready to work with a diverse student body are especially welcome. Sweet Briar prides itself on creating a learning environment that encourages young women to fulfill their highest potential. Leadership in all walks of life is fostered by the special connections our faculty make with their students, and Sweet Briar women translate their academic experiences into interesting and important lives.

Required Qualifications:

  • A PhD in an appropriate biological discipline; exceptional ABDs also will be considered. 
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching.
  • Enthusiasm for mentoring undergraduate research.
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills.

How to Apply:

To apply, visit the Sweet Briar College Career Center: All applications should include: 1) cover letter; 2) CV; 3) statement on teaching philosophy and research interests; 4) a one-page statement highlighting contributions to or future plans for promoting diversity and inclusion through work in this position; 5) the names and full contact information for three professional references.  Items should be submitted in a single PDF file. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.