Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences - Microbiology
Ohio Wesleyan University
Location: Delaware, Ohio
Higher Education Institution
The Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Microbiology starting in August, 2023. We are seeking candidates committed to excellent undergraduate teaching and to developing a vibrant research program that involves undergraduates of all experience levels and from diverse backgrounds, including those who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences. We are especially interested in candidates able to build bridges between microbiology and other areas of student interest, such as human and public health and the environment. The successful candidate will join a departmental community with a wide range of research and teaching interests and will benefit from extensive support for junior faculty, including professional development funding, pre-tenure research leave after a successful third-year review, funding for student-faculty research collaboration via the OWU Connection, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs.
This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values equity and interdisciplinarity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia. For more information about the cluster, please visit www.owu.edu/joinOWUfaculty. For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, please visit https://owu.edu/dei.
The primary responsibility for this position is to develop and teach introductory and advanced microbiology courses, which may include Medical Microbiology, Bacterial Physiology, Molecular Genetics, or other areas attractive to a wide range of students with diverse interests and future plans;
Provide opportunities for mentored undergraduate research;
Engage effectively with students inside and outside the classroom, maintaining a high level of accessibility;
Work proactively to identify students having trouble and help them achieve success;
Participate in University and departmental service.
Factors contributing success
Ph.D. in Microbiology or a related discipline;
Evidence of preparation for a teaching-intensive career at the undergraduate level, including experience teaching classes and laboratories in microbiology.
Mentoring undergraduate students in research experiences;
Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to helping students from diverse racial, social, and cultural groups attain their full potential.
Experience as the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate biology course
Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and the following (no more than 2 pages for each):
Teaching statement: a statement articulating your teaching philosophy. Please address your ability to teach a wide range of courses and employ a variety of pedagogical techniques to reach students from different backgrounds.
Diversity statement: a statement that describes your experience and/or approach to supporting students from underrepresented groups, including examples of ways you have intentionally addressed diversity, equity, and inclusion in your classroom and research program.
Research statement: a statement outlining the central aims of the research program you would like to develop and how it will thrive at Ohio Wesleyan.
Please submit all materials via www.owu.edu/joinOWUfaculty, where you will find additional information about working at OWU. Transcripts, reference letters, and additional materials may be requested at a later time and can be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure to include “Microbiology” in the subject line.
Review of applications will begin on Sept 19, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.
About Ohio Wesleyan. Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selectiveresidential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town just 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. Columbus was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.
To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
NOTE: OWU requires COVID-19 vaccination of all employees. Candidates who accept offers of employment must be able to provide proof of their vaccination status before their employment can be processed.
OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY (www.owu.edu) is a private liberal arts college located 20 miles north of Columbus in Delaware, Ohio. OWU is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and welcomes applications from all. OWU celebrates diversity and does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, culture, national origin, sex and/or sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, economic barriers, or any other legally protected factor. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Qualified individuals will not be disadvantaged based on being unemployed.