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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Biology (Faculty)

University of Detroit Mercy
Detroit, Michigan
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Mar 29, 2023

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Life Sciences, Biology
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University of Detroit Mercy
College of Engineering & Science
Full-time Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Biology

The Department of Biology at University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure track faculty position. The hired candidates will start August 16, 2023. Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of improving access and success to a diverse and inclusive community. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and this goal.

As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), we offer small classes and close collegial relationships. The College's faculty form a vibrant community of teaching scholars with a strong focus on professional and academic mentorship of students. We are particularly interested in candidates who would contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students to pursue research careers in biology and related areas. These efforts are currently being supported by a BUILD grant from the National Institutes of Health (

The Biology department at Detroit Mercy includes thirteen full-time faculty who engage in scientific research, mentorship, and student-advising for students within the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Health Professions. The department serves approximately 600 undergraduate Biology majors as well as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Chemistry and Biochemistry majors. The Biology department also provides accelerated and early assurance programs in cooperation with the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, the Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant graduate program, and Michigan State College of Human Medicine.

A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in teaching pedagogy including evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek a collaborative educator who is also an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting the diverse population of undergraduate students. The candidate should have a proposed research agenda geared towards engaging undergraduate students. Candidates are expected to pursue external funding, disseminate results in refereed publications and conferences, and mentor undergraduate students in the laboratory. While the specific area of research focus is broad, the ability to engage undergraduate students in research is essential.

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching Genetics, a senior capstone writing-intensive course, and upper-level courses based on area of expertise that complements or expands current offerings in the department. Some of these courses may include biostatistics, microbiology, evolution, physiology, human genetics, etc.

⦁ Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a basic science or biology specialty.
⦁ Experience teaching in the college setting using active teaching strategies or equivalent
⦁ Record of scholarship that demonstrates pursuit of external funding, disseminating results in refereed publications and conferences

⦁ Postdoctoral training (equivalent to)
⦁ Experience collaborating with other instructors across a shared course
⦁ Knowledge of assessment strategies associated with course learning outcomes
⦁ Knowledge of pedagogical best practices for a diverse undergraduate student body
⦁ Knowledge of the needs of students transitioning to university learning environment
⦁ Experience working with undergraduate students in the laboratory

Candidates should apply by completing an application and upload materials to:
Materials should include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, one-page research statement, one-page teaching philosophy statement, one-page diversity statement, and a list of three potential references. One letter/reference should specifically comment on the applicant's teaching ability.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2023.

Michigan's largest, most comprehensive private University, Detroit Mercy is an independent Jesuit-Mercy Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. The US News and World Report ranked Detroit Mercy in the top tier in the Midwest. The University seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University's mission, diversity and excellence of its academic community. Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer with a culturally diverse faculty and student body and welcomes persons of all races and backgrounds.





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