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Geneva College invites applications for a tenure track faculty appointment with the Department of Biology. This position begins August 2024 and will remain open until filled. Minority and female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Following is a complete job description with required skills, abilities, education, and experience. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications should submit the following information for consideration.
Application materials are required to include the following items below. Any application that does not include these items, may not be considered.
A Cover Letter, which addresses your interest in this position, date of availability, and the specific skills and qualifications related to this position.
A one-page statement of faith (“This is what I believe”).
A statement of your faith journey and a narrative of your past and present church involvements.
A statement which describes the integration of your field and Christian faith in light of the "Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” (these concepts are available at https://www.geneva.edu/about-geneva/foundational_concepts).
A current vita/CV.
Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official copies will be required before being appointed).
The selected individual would teach a full-time load (12 contact hours per semester) within the Department of Biology. Courses may include Introductory Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, non-majors Biology, and a course in an area of special expertise. Advising of students and faculty committee work is required. Establishing a research program for undergraduates is desirable. The review of applications will begin January 2, 2024.
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: (These primary responsibilities are those the individual must be able to perform unaided or with the assistance of reasonable accommodation.)
Teach twelve contact hours per semester
Adequately prepare all course materials and lessons (Note: preparation time will vary based on instructor experience in teaching that course)
Provide each student with clear course expectations, evaluations, and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved syllabus per faculty established guidelines
Provide interesting and relevant assignments for students that demonstrate learning outcomes in a real-life setting
Suitably challenge, engage, support, and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect
Provide timely grades to students through college software and upload mid-term and final grades by college deadlines.
Respond to student questions on a timely basis
Ensure course and program learning outcomes are delivered as defined by the syllabus
Contribute to the teaching of Human Anatomy and Physiology at any of the three levels taught: non-majors, nursing majors, biology majors.
Contribute to teaching introductory biology to biology majors.
Develop and teach a course in an area of special expertise.
Advise biology majors in course selection and career preparation.
Engage in scholarly activities, such as research.
Assist in recruiting students to the college.
Grow in an understanding of how Christian faith and the discipline of biology are integrated and help students to grow in this area.
Exhibits behavior that is consistent with and supportive of Geneva’s mission, vision, core values, and standards of conduct:
Geneva Mission Statement: Geneva College is a Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.
Vision Statement: Geneva College will inspire students to integrate faith in Christ into all aspects of life in the real world, and to serve faithfully within their callings for Christ and Country.
Serve with grace
Pursue Godly wisdom
Foster academic strength
Engage culture faithfully
Inspire vibrant hospitality
Honor one another
Standards of Conduct: Employees of Geneva College will affirm upon hire, and annually thereafter, their promise to abide by the College’s Standard of Conduct Policy. All employees must conduct their personal affairs so there can be no opportunity for unfavorable reflections upon the Christian beliefs and mission of the College, either expressed or implied. It is expected that employees will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with biblical standards, values, and character. These standards of personal conduct do not apply to family members and/or friends of the employee.
Job Requirements - Administrative:
General: Individuals must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed or are able to explain and demonstrate that they can perform the essential responsibilities of the job, with or without reasonable accommodations in order to safely perform the essential responsibilities of the job.
Physical: Must be able to perform the following: talking, hearing, and seeing. Must have sufficient manual dexterity to be able to operate all office equipment including, but not limited to computers, printers, copiers, scanners, and telephones.
Confidentiality: Individuals must recognize that management of data, including personal information, grades, budgets, programs, and policies is necessary to the operation of the College. Such information must be kept private and confidential for the protection of the College and to obey Federal and/or State laws. Should there be doubt as to whether a certain matter is to be protected, it should be discussed with your supervisor before making a disclosure.
Mental: Must be able to reason, analyze, prioritize, conceptualize, make judgments, and solve problems.
Education/Certification: An earned Ph.D. in biology, with specific experience in an area related to human biology, physiology, or microbiology.
Christian Commitment: eligible candidates must be thoughtful and articulate Christians and an active member of a Protestant evangelical Christian church. Preference will be given to candidates who support and have an articulate understanding of the Reformed faith. The individual must understand and support the College’s “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education” by expressing an evangelical Christian profession of faith and demonstrate the ability to integrate a Christian perspective in their work.
Integration of Faith and Learning: Willingness to grow in an understanding of how Christian faith and the discipline of biology are integrated and help students to grow in this area.
Some classroom experience is beneficial, but not required. Willingness to learn how to teach is essential.
Creativity in teaching and program development is desirable.
An established research project or a willingness to engage students in research projects.
Typical educational setting. Geneva College is organized around academic departments. The position is in the Department of Biology. Teaching is at the undergraduate level and primarily in the classroom setting.
Geneva College is a Christian liberal arts college in the reformed tradition located about 50 miles north of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1848 by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva has majors in both liberal arts and pre-professional programs, and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Geneva's faculty provide a challenging education that prepares students for careers, for further education, and for life. In all fields of study, students are challenged to explore the implications of the Christian faith on their discipline. Geneva has approximately 1,350 students enrolled in its various programs taught by its faculty of nearly 70 members. The college seeks to prepare students to serve Christ and the world in all areas of society, including work, family, and the church. Geneva is a founding member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).