Furman University invites applications for TWO tenure-track positions in Biology to begin in August 2019. Each position will be filled at the rank of assistant professor, associate professor or professor, depending on the qualifications of the candidate.

Biologist to teach biochemistry, genetics and/or physiology

We seek a broadly trained biologist to teach the aforementioned classes in the undergraduate curriculum and/or in Furman’s new Master of Science in Community Engaged Medicine program (MS-CEM). This position is an expansion to help the faculty meet teaching demands within the Biology Department and those of the graduate program. Descriptions of the graduate-level courses can be found here. Other teaching opportunities in the undergraduate curriculum include introductory biology, a writing seminar for first-year students, or an offering in the candidate’s specialty. Applications should be submitted here. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Victoria Turgeon, at victoria.turgeon@furman.edu.

Plant scientist

We also seek a broadly trained botanist to fill an opening created by retirement. Candidates from any sub-discipline of the plant sciences are encouraged to apply. The teaching assignment for this position is flexible, but ability to teach courses in plant physiology, applied plant science, ethnobiology and/or genetics would be especially desirable. Other teaching opportunities include introductory biology, a writing seminar for first-year students, or an offering in the candidate’s specialty. Applications should be submitted here. Questions regarding this position may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Joe Pollard, at joe.pollard@furman.edu.

The area of research specialization for both positions is flexible, but should complement existing strengths in the Biology Department. Biologists with a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate research and whose work integrates views from multiple areas of biology and other science disciplines are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek faculty members with diverse perspectives who will foster innovation in our curriculum and provide a rich and varied educational experience for our students. For further information on departmental faculty, facilities and programs, visit the department's webpage. For titles and descriptions of undergraduate biology courses, consult the university catalog.

Candidates must have their PhD (by June 2019) and show evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to establishing a productive research program that leads to publication with undergraduates. Mentoring of undergraduate research is typically pursued intensively in the summer, but often continues during the academic year. Most students will present their research in posters or talks at regional or national conferences. Startup funds will be provided.

Submit PDF versions of curriculum vitae; a statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service contributes to a liberal arts and sciences college and community committed to diversity as one of its core values; a statement of teaching credentials and philosophy; a statement of research interests and future research priorities; an initial plan for research with undergraduates; all transcripts; and names and contact details for three references. Review of applications begins October 15, 2018 and continues until the positions are filled.

Furman University, a private university founded in 1826 with an enrollment of 2,700 undergraduates, is one of the nation’s premiere undergraduate liberal arts and sciences colleges. At the heart of our university is an outstanding academic program, with top-notch faculty whose chief priority is teaching undergraduate students. We also offer distinguished visual and performing arts programs, NCAA Division I athletics and a campus community that values collaboration and fosters empathy for a diversity of ideas and perspectives.

Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The university aims to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view and varied abilities.

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