The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi, located in Oxford, Mississippi, invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of Biology and Discipline-Based Biology Education to begin in August 2023. All areas of biological specialization will be considered, but research must include an educational component that could include but is not limited to pedagogy, inclusive teaching practices, STEM outreach, assessment and other themes related to pedagogy in biology. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field as well as relevant professional experience.
UM's Department of Biology has 19 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 14 teaching faculty, and educates over 800 undergraduate biology majors and 45 graduate students (PhD and MS). Construction of a new $175M STEM education facility on campus is underway that will foster interdisciplinary opportunities to fulfill our commitment to inclusive excellence in biology education. The successful candidate is expected to establish a nationally recognized, externally funded research program with an emphasis on biology education; provide mentorship for graduate and undergraduate researchers; perform service to the department, college, and university; and demonstrate excellence in teaching.
This tenure-track position is included in the University of Mississippi, College of Liberal Arts multi-year faculty cluster hire initiative. This initiative is designed to expand our understanding of multicultural competence in a number of areas including, among others to be named in future years: successful, effective, and ethical leadership; inclusive pedagogy in STEM; and Black intellectual thought in the Humanities. We seek scholars and scholarship with a focus on the experiences of African Americans and other underrepresented groups and attention to identities with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The goal is to attract and support a diverse cohort of tenure-track scholars who will produce cutting-edge research, scholarship, and creative achievement around the theme of inclusive pedagogy in STEM. For more information and the list of the other positions included in this cluster hire, please visit the College of Liberal Arts website at https://libarts.olemiss.edu/cluster-hire/.
Review of applications will begin October 10, 2022 and will continue until an adequate applicant pool is established. Applications must be submitted online (https://careers.olemiss.edu) and should include a cover letter, a current CV, a 2 page research plan, and a 2 page teaching philosophy (e.g. pedagogy in practice) statement. As both the University of Mississippi and the Department of Biology are committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community (Pathways to Equity plan: https://chancellor.olemiss.edu/pathways-to-equity), applicants should specify within their application how their teaching, scholarship, and service will contribute to a diverse and inclusive community. During the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names and email addresses of three professional references that will provide letters of recommendation. The University of Mississippi has a Carnegie classification of R1 and is rated a “Great Colleges to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The University of Mississippi is an EOE / AA / Minority / Female / Vet / Disability / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity / Title VI / Title VII / Title IX / 504 / ADA /ADEA employer.
Appointment (9 Month)
Assignment Type (Tenure Track)
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About the University of MS & Oxford, MS
Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), 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. 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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