Instructor of Biology
The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi is seeking an Instructor who will be responsible for teaching introductory biology and microbiology courses. The instructor will also participate in the academic advising of undergraduate biology majors, meet with prospective students, participate in recruiting events, and provide departmental faculty service. This is a nine-month academic year, non-tenure track appointment. Instructor contracts are subject to renewal on an annual basis.
The successful candidate will be responsible for instruction of non-majors introductory biology and non-majors microbiology courses. Content covered in the introductory biology series includes human biology, genetics, evolution, and diversity. The introductory microbiology courses in the department cover both general and pathogenic microbiology. The successful candidate will also be expected to advise undergraduate biology majors, meet with prospective students, and provide departmental faculty service.
Appointment: 9 Month
Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track
Applicants must have an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Biology or a related field, with a background in microbiology (teaching, research, or both). Applicants also must have experience teaching biology courses and demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical innovation.
Applications should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief (two pages or less) teaching statement, which includes experience and teaching interests, (4) a diversity statement addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in the classroom, (5) names and contact information for at least three references.
About the University of MS & Oxford, MS
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.
Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.
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