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Assistant Professor, Biology

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Work type: Faculty 9-month
Location: Jacksonville (Main Campus)
Categories: Faculty



Requested Start Date:

August 1st, 2020

Pay Range:

Commensurate with experience

Normal Work Schedule:

Varies depending on department need and class schedule

Job Summary:

About JSU:  Located in the Appalachian foothills midway between Birmingham and Atlanta, Jacksonville State University was established in 1883 and has emerged as a comprehensive student-centered university with the highest percentage of accredited programs of any regional university in Alabama. JSU enrolls over 8,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate programs in more than 110 areas of study. Interested in learning more about the JSU family? Find out more at

The Biology Department seeks a broadly trained biologist who is interested in excellence and innovation in teaching and plans to develop and maintain an active research program with undergraduate and masters level students. Candidates should be able to incorporate research into the classroom for authentic research experiences in course-based labs. Teaching needs include Introduction to Biology for majors and non-majors, as well as upper-level and graduate courses determined by candidate expertise and departmental needs. The successful candidate will join a growing department with thirteen full-time faculty, approximately 350 undergraduate majors and forty graduate students. The department currently enjoys funding through the National Science Foundation and other external sources.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

The ideal candidate will be innovative with a strong interest in teaching through active learning pedagogy. The successful candidate will demonstrate aptitude and inclination for engaging students in research, both through individual mentored research as well as course-embedded undergraduate research experiences. Teaching and mentoring masters-level graduate students is also expected. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to advise students on future careers and have a working knowledge of curriculum requirements, as well as assessment and educational trends in higher education. A record of grant writing experience for extramural funding is beneficial. Additional requirements include skillful and effective use of English (both oral and written), basic computer skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with professional organizations within their field of expertise outside of JSU.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop and implement a program of instruction that meets the needs, interests, and abilities of students and is consistent with University requirements.
  • Assess student abilities as related to desired educational goals and objectives, in order to maximize student achievement.
  • Plan and employ a variety of appropriate instructional/learning strategies and activities that serve the needs and capabilities of the students and are compatible with the physical facilities.
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom.
  • Continually communicate to students (either in writing or verbally) instructional expectations, as well as student progress.
  • Actively participate in and work with University personnel in planning effective instructional goals, objectives, methods, and curriculum.
  • Exhibit a commitment to scholarly activities and engage in professional, university, and community service.
  • Participate in professional growth activities including staff meetings, in-service, and staff development as required or assigned.
  • Assist in the documentation of student progress by efficiently maintaining and submitting appropriate records and reports.
  • Ensure that the classroom or instructional environment is healthful, safe, and conducive to learning.
  • Participate in extra-curricular activities as requested by the head of the department or the Dean of the School of Science.
  • Serve on various committees.
  • Belong to educational/professional associations (within concentration) and participate in their activities.
  • Take attendance and keep attendance registers, according to JSU policy.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the department head.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate or ABD with completion date by May 1, 2020 in one of the content areas managed within the Department of Biology.
  • Accomplishments sufficient to indicate the ability to meet requirements of the rank of Assistant Professor Biology at JSU in teaching, service, and scholarly publications.

Preferred Qualifications:

Required Documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Transcript
  4. Teaching and Research Statement

Additional Information:

Applications will be reviewed and interviews conducted on a rolling basis.

Supplemental Questions: None

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Equal Employment Opportunity: JSU is an Equal Employment, Equal Opportunity, and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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