Highly regarded for its instructional quality, focus on engaged learning (through undergraduate research, internships, study abroad, living-learning communities and civic and community engagement), and strong commitment to diversity, Millersville University of Pennsylvania (MU) is a learner-focused institution located in historic Lancaster County, known for its excellent schools, vibrant arts community, affordability and proximity to Baltimore, Philadelphia and NYC. MU enrolls about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students. We seek individuals who embrace our public mission and value exploration, professionalism, integrity, inclusion, and compassion.
The Department of Biology welcomes applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in human genetics, beginning August 2021. Experience with genome and bioinformatic analysis and/or statistical analysis is preferred. Responsibilities include teaching major and/or non-major courses (lectures and/or labs) in introductory biology, genetics & molecular biology, human genetics, and bioinformatics or biological statistics; advising students; scholarly work and establishing an active undergraduate research program in human genetics or related discipline; and department, university, and professional service. Actual assignments will depend upon department needs. The College of Science and Technology, and its departments, have a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through a variety of supported programs and activities, as exemplified by Insight Into Diversity's Inspiring Programs in STEM award for its Biology Mentoring program.
We are a teaching intensive institution and are committed to community-based research, service learning, community engagement and distance education. Our small classes allow for close mentoring and collaborative research with undergraduates.
Effectively teach students both in assigned courses and outside-the-classroom settings (e.g., student research, service learning, field activities and placements, etc.), advise students, and carry out other assigned professional responsibilities in support of student learning and success. The academic-year workload for full-time faculty is 24 workload hours and faculty must hold a minimum of five office hours per week on no fewer than three different days. Primary teaching responsibility is in major and/or non-major courses (lectures and/or labs) in genetics and molecular biology, and introductory biology, as well as courses within his/her area of specialization. Establish an active research program in human genetics or related discipline that involves undergraduate students.
Candidates must be willing to teach day, evening and/or weekend classes and conduct classes on and off the Millersville campus through multifaceted teaching strategies for face-to-face classroom delivery and/or web-enhanced or web-based formats. All members of the faculty also have the responsibility to accept those reasonable duties assigned to them within their fields of competence. Actual assignments will depend upon department needs.
Faculty are expected, per the Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 4, to engage in professional responsibilities such as curriculum development and update; learning outcomes assessment for courses and programs; and participating in department, college, and university meetings and workshops.
Provide service on an ongoing basis by contributing professionally to department and university governance outside the classroom for the university, professional community, and community at large, in a participatory, developmental, or advisory capacity.
May include but is not limited to: Supervise student internships, honors theses, independent studies, and/or individualized instructions. Other reasonable duties assigned within the faculty member's field of competence.
The Department of Biology, in the College of Science and Technology, is comprised of 17 full-time faculty members, several part-time faculty positions, three support staff and approximately 700 majors. In addition to the B.S. Biology degree, the department offers programs in animal behavior, botany, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology/biotechnology, secondary education, respiratory therapy, medical technology, nuclear medicine technology, optometry, pre-podiatry, athletic training, and pre-medical professions. Laboratories are well equipped and the facilities are excellent. There is a natural area, and small and medium-sized ponds located on campus. In addition, Millersville University is a founding and active member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station in Wallops Island, Virginia. Millersville University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
ABD, with Ph.D. in Genetics or related discipline completed by the date of appointment.
Broad training in human genetics.
Research experience in human genetics.
Ability to establish a research program in human genetics or related field that involves undergraduate students.
Ability to teach major and/or non-major courses (lectures and/or labs) in introductory biology, genetics & molecular biology, human genetics, and bioinformatics or biological statistics.
Commitment to excellence in teaching and research at the undergraduate level.
Evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Successful interview, teaching demonstration, reference checks and 3 background clearances.
Post-doctoral research experience in human genetics.
Research experience with genome and bioinformatic analysis or biological statistics.
Post-secondary level teaching experience (documented by at least one letter of reference).
The essential functions and physical demands of the position are outlined in an Essential Functions Identification Form, available at the time of interview or upon request.
Special Instructions to Applicants:As part of the required documents, your application must be sure to include the following:
A cover letter summarizing how the applicant's education and experience match the required qualifications of the position.
A current curriculum vitae.
A statement of teaching experience/philosophy.
A distinct research statement.
A list of recent publications, manuscripts, or reviews.
Copies of registrar-issued unofficial transcripts for all degrees conferred and in progress (the successful candidate will be required to provide registrar-issued official transcripts from the issuing institution(s) directly to the Provost's Office by the start date).
Three current letters of reference (applicant to submit names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of individuals who will be contacted to upload current letters of reference directly to a confidential website).
While not required, the following documentation may also be submitted for consideration:
A sample syllabus.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials far enough in advance of the full consideration date to allow time for their references to respond.
Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You will not be able to change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.
Quicklink for Posting/Requisition: 8357
Internal Number: 8357
About Millersville University of Pennsylvania
Millersville University is a top-ranked university in the North, with more than 100programs, some of which are uniquely distinctive to the region and nation. We have a strong academic history guided by industry-leading professors. Our faculty members are recognized to be fiercely passionate about their students’ overall success. Our student body is rich in diversity and is known to be enthusiastically driven towards excellence while being socially conscious. Our beautiful 250-acre campus contains classic architecture, mixed with state-of-the-art, energy-saving structures and a historic pond with two resident swans. Access to extraordinary faculty, a historical campus setting and an extremely high job-placement rating are the reasons our alumni rate us as a smart life choice.