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Teaching Assistant Professor - Department of Biology

West Virginia University
Job Location:
Morgantown, West Virginia


The Department of Biology at West Virginia University invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor position starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, position with full benefits. Summer work is expected with additional compensation. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching Assistant Professors are eligible for promotion, e.g., to Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Professor; however, promotion to senior ranks is not a requirement for institutional commitment and career stability.

We seek an outstanding and dedicated educator who will be responsible for 1) teaching foundational courses and advanced undergraduate courses in their area of specialization. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum development that complement the Department's current areas of emphasis. All areas of biological specialization will be considered. The successful candidate will also 2) advise and recruit majors, teach the First-Year Seminar course, and offer support during New Student Orientation. The teaching load is 4 courses or course equivalents (such as academic advising) per semester.

The Department of Biology offers both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and maintains approximately 650 majors annually. We also serve over 1000 students through non-majors coursework. We offer students areas of emphasis in Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Neuroscience, which are aligned with the Department's research foci. The Department of Biology has over 40 graduate students in M.S. and Ph.D. programs with a strong track record of students receiving prestigious Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, and National Science Foundation fellowships. In addition to our research and teaching greenhouse, The Department is home to the WVU Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility and the Earl L. Core Arboretum which includes an old growth forest preserve that supports research, teaching, and service. Our Ecology and Evolutionary Biology group has benefited from the proximity of world-class field sites including the Fernow Experimental Forest which has gauged watershed experiments, the West Virginia University Forest which has multiple manipulations of forest management, and the new Summit Bechtel Reserve where a new 20ha forest dynamics plot has been recently established.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit WVU Careers, and upload (1) a CV, (2) an application cover letter, (3) a statement of teaching and advising philosophy, and (4) a list of references with complete contact information. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials.

The screening process will begin October 24, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website or contact the chair of the search committee, Dana Huebert Lima, Ph.D. (

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


The successful applicant must have a 1) Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biology or a closely related field at the time of employment; 2) evidence of, or potential for excellence in teaching undergraduates; 3) knowledge of assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction; 4) ability to contribute to undergraduate advising and student success initiatives; (5) ability to develop new courses; (6) excellent written and oral communication skills; (7) excellent interpersonal skills.

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley - the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU's academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

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