Assistant Professor of Biology
Warren Wilson College welcomes applicants for a faculty position in the Department of Biology. This is a full-time, Assistant Professor position in an extended contract system beginning in August of 2023. We seek a broadly trained zoologist with expertise in the areas of evolutionary biology, aquatic biology, and/or systematics who is strongly committed to teaching and student-engaged research in an undergraduate liberal arts environment. The faculty member in this position will teach 24 credit hours per year consisting of 4-5 courses and an additional 4 credits allocated to mentoring undergraduate research. All faculty at the College teach within their expertise and, as appropriate to the department, teach courses that contribute to general education. In addition to their teaching, all faculty are expected to demonstrate their continued engagement in scholarship and/or creative activity and to engage in collegial institutional service.
The position is open to individuals studying any area of zoology who can contribute to a rapidly growing Conservation Biology major, a well established major in Biology, and the needs of non-majors students. We are particularly interested in candidates whose work (1) explores the relationship between evolutionary biology and biodiversity, and (2) investigates aquatic ecosystems through that lens. The successful applicant will teach a variety of biology courses, including Introductory Biology, General Zoology, Evolutionary Biology, biology courses for non-majors, and courses in their area of specialty. In addition, faculty have opportunities to teach study-away courses, summer courses, and first-year seminars.
About the College:
Warren Wilson College is located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduate students. Rooted in liberal arts education, the College provides educational programs that foster students' curiosity, empathy, and integrity to prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; to to pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and to lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. The College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving.
To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people-particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. As we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and to ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. We seek and support an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff with a genuine interest in our innovative approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the College. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (e.g., people of African, Latine, Indigenous, and/or Asian descent) and individuals who have demonstrated success working with diverse student populations.
- Ph.D. in Zoology or other relevant field. ABD will be considered.
- One to two years of successful teaching experience.
- Demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations.
- Experience mentoring and integrating undergraduate students in research;
- Demonstrated track record of scholarship in biology, including peer-reviewed publications.
- Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level;
- Experience teaching Introductory Biology courses at the undergraduate level
- Evidence of experiential and applied learning pedagogy.
Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson's distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5 pm on November 18, 2022. Electronic submission is required.
Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.