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Molecular Biology Teaching track Position

Wake Forest University - Department of Biology
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 21, 2023

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Life Sciences, Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology
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The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a permanent Assistant Teaching Professor position to begin July 1, 2024. 

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom, and experience relevant to teaching lecture and laboratory courses in molecular biology and either cell biology or biochemistry at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, or Biochemistry or other fields related to these topics is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience or knowledge of inclusive, evidence-based pedagogy that enhances student learning. 

The successful candidate will teach molecular biology and lab, and either cell biology or biochemistry in a rotation schedule.  It is anticipated that they would also have opportunities to develop and teach upper-level courses in topics related to their specialty suitable for advanced undergraduates and/or graduate students. The department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology and a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology degree through a partnership with the Department of Chemistry. For more information about the department, go to

Teaching professors in Biology at Wake Forest University are integral members of the department, engaged in departmental faculty governance as well as the central teaching and service missions of the College.  This is a permanent but non-tenurable, full-time position with an initial contract on a two-year renewable schedule with the goal of promotion to ranks with longer-term appointments.  Teaching Professors in the Biology Department dedicate 80% of their time to teaching and 20% to service. A typical teaching load is a total of 3 lecture or lab sections each semester (16-40 students each). Teaching Professors, like all faculty serve as academic advisers and can serve on departmental committees, graduate thesis committees and college and university committees. Teaching faculty are eligible for departmental and institutional funding for professional development.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. We seek colleagues who will share in our commitment. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.


 Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document that includes:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to become part of our departmental community (limit 1 page),  Updated curriculum vitae (no page limit),  A statement of teaching philosophy (limit 3 pages).Teaching statements should address teaching philosophy, your classroom and assessment approaches and experiences, and how you will create a learning environment that supports diverse students. Contact information for 3 professional references, preferably at least one from a supervisor or mentor with direct observation of the candidate’s teaching. 

Submit applications online using Address questions about the position to At the time of application submission, please have recommenders submit confidential letters of recommendations to  Address inquiries about the application process and document submission to Review of applications will begin on October 16, 2023.

Selected candidates will be invited to participate in an initial round of electronic interviews. Final on-site interviews are anticipated during late November.  Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. To provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,700 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report's Guide to America's Best Colleges and Universities. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to  

Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theater and film festivals. Ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national survey, Winston-Salem is an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean. 




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