Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West Chester University invites applicants for tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology. This position will begin in August 2022.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The Department of Biology has 20 full time tenured and tenure-track faculty, approximately 750 undergraduate majors in six different concentrations, and over 25 graduate students in the M.S. program. Microscopy equipment in the Department includes epifluorescence microscopes, apparatus for video microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopes, a laser dissection microscope, cryostat, a micro techniques laboratory, and a spinning disk confocal microscope with TIRF capabilities. The Department of Biology has well-equipped teaching and research greenhouses, as well as growth chambers. It also houses a vertebrate collection containing over 2500 specimens and the Darlington Herbarium, one of the most historically important herbaria in the eastern U.S. with more than 20,000 specimens. The University is home to the 97-acre Gordon Natural Area, a protected area containing grassland, forest, riparian, and wetland habitats, available for teaching and faculty research.
Teaching responsibilities will include developing courses in genomics/bioinformatics. In addition, candidates may teach courses and/or labs in the fields of cell biology or molecular biology as well as introductory level biology and graduate courses/labs. The teaching load at WCU is 12 student contact hours per week per semester.
Advising biology majors regarding academic planning and course scheduling. Faculty must schedule five hours of advising/consultation time each week for students.
Establishing an active, externally funded research program, involving undergraduate and/or graduate students. Candidates with a research interest in genomics/bioinformatics are preferred. Faculty members are expected to present results at national meetings and publish in refereed journals.
Contributing to the university community and department by serving on committees, helping to recruit potential students, and performing other services as needed.
An earned doctorate in Genetics/Molecular Biology or a related discipline
Qualified to develop courses in genomics/bioinformatics
Qualified to teach courses/labs in the fields of molecular or cell biology, as well as introductory level biology and graduate courses/labs as needed
Research focus in some area of genomics/bioinformatics
Electronic application allows for cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research statement, diversity statement and copies of unofficial university transcripts (all required). Three letters of recommendation must also be uploaded by references to the website above. Review of applications will begin on September 1, 2021. Finalists must successfully complete the interview process including a teaching demonstration and a research seminar.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 21-100
About West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.