Tenure Track Biology Assistant Professor

Location
Lake Forest, Illinois
Salary
To be discussed.
Posted
August 02 2021
Discipline
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Academia
Job Type
Faculty

The Lake Forest College Biology Department invites applications for a newly created tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, starting August 2022. We are seeking a highly qualified biologist to teach, on a rotating basis, our core courses BIOL 120: Organismal Biology and BIOL 221: Molecules, Genes and Cells, and an upper-level course in the applicant’s area of expertise. Postdoctoral experience is required and demonstrated excellence in teaching beyond traditional TA experience is strongly preferred. Successful candidates will demonstrate enthusiasm for liberal arts education. Candidates will be expected to develop an active undergraduate-led research program, adding to our departmental expertise, resulting in peer-reviewed publications and external funding applications. The Biology Department believes that diversity, equity and inclusion are key to academic excellence. We are actively seeking candidates whose professional and lived experiences strengthen their ability to teach and mentor students across various spectrums of diversity.

Lake Forest College provides competitive start-up funds, support for undergraduate researchers supervised by federally funded faculty, and a new science building including a research-grade greenhouse, tissue culture lab, and aquatic and terrestrial vivaria. Members of the Biology Department actively engage in interdisciplinary programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Environmental Studies, and Neuroscience, and we welcome candidates with interdisciplinary teaching and research interests.

A highly selective liberal arts college, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. The majority of our STEM pool is female and also includes a significant number of first generation and traditionally underrepresented students. At Lake Forest College, the quality of a faculty member’s teaching is the most important criterion for evaluation. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

In a single PDF, please send the following: 1) a cover letter that describes your motivation for applying to Lake Forest College, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statement of teaching philosophy, 4) a research plan with undergraduates, and 5) diversity statement that describes your experience with and plans to increase recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented students in our core curriculum and according to our liberal arts mission. Please request that letters be sent directly from three recommenders. All documents should be sent electronically to Professor Sean Menke, biosearch@lakeforest.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 19, 2021.

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