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Taylor University is seeking applications and nominations of distinctive candidates for a faculty appointment to a tenure track position in the Department of Biology beginning in August 2020. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Candidates must have a personal, vibrant faith and Christian walk and be strongly committed to the educational mission and evangelical Christian orientation of the University. Taylor University is a Christ-centered educational institution, and an evangelical, interdenominational covenant community committed to advancing life-long learning and ministering the redemptive love and truth of Jesus Christ to a world in need. Candidates will be expected to affirm the Taylor University Life Together Covenant, Statement of Faith, and essential documents.
An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in the field of biology is required. Excellence in teaching is essential. Previous teaching and/or postdoctoral experience is desired. Evidence of active and ongoing scholarship is required. Preference will be given to applicants with research programs having connections to human health. However, in keeping with the multi-disciplinary nature and available tracks of the biology program, the successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge of biology that is broader than her/his primary discipline.
The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses for majors and non-majors depending on their expertise that could include some of the following: foundational biology courses (e.g. cellular/molecular biology, physiology, evolutionary biology) as well as courses in the applicant’s area of specialization. A typical teaching load is two courses with associated labs per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in research or other forms of scholarship that involve undergraduate students. The candidate should be comfortable with creative pedagogy including online instruction. The appointee will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students. Standard faculty duties such as advising, committee assignments, and scholarly activity are expected.
The Department of Biology consists of six faculty members who serve over 100 students majoring in biology, as well as providing instruction for students in general education and service courses. The department works closely with the Environmental Science, Public Health, and Sustainability department; the Chemistry and Biochemistry department; and with the Exercise Science major in Kinesiology and our 3+1 Nursing program. The department is housed primarily in the 127,000 square foot LEED Gold certified Euler Science Complex that opened in 2012 and has state-of-the-art biology instructional laboratory equipment (e.g. cell culture facility, small animal care facility, greenhouses, cryostat, upright fluorescence confocal microscope). Departmental faculty have expertise in animal, cellular, molecular, and developmental biology, genetics, and science education.
Taylor University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university in which all programs are shaped by a Christian worldview and the integration of faith, learning and living within a community of intentional Christian nurture and relationships. Taylor is distinctive in its commitment to the spiritual and intellectual development of its students as well as of its faculty members. Academic pursuits at Taylor are rigorous, demanding imagination, dedication and integrity from both students and faculty. As a Christian institution, Taylor University has highly capable, supportive faculty who recognize that all truth has its source in God. Taylor University carries out its mission and purposes primarily by offering undergraduate programs in its residential campus setting. The University also offers focused graduate programs that expand and complement curricular and institutional strengths.
The University is located in the small town of Upland, IN, which is 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis and 50 miles south of Fort Wayne. The combination of rural location and proximity to metropolitan areas provides numerous benefits.
About Taylor University
Taylor University, a Christian liberal arts college with a student body of 1,870 on its Upland, Indiana, campus, is known for its distinctive community of scholarship and faith. In addition to a concerned, competent faculty and modern facilities, the University cherishes an atmosphere of uncommon quality, which inspires personal participation and spiritual growth as well as intellectual development. Graduate program in higher education is offered. In addition, Taylor Online serves over 1,200 adult students through degree and non-degree offerings in credit and non-credit formats in distance/distributed learning environments.