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Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology, Non-Tenure Track (Exempt)
Location: Abilene, Texas
Preferred Education: Doctorate
Faculty Careers - Biology/Life Sciences
Faculty Careers - Other
The Department of Biology at Hardin-Simmons University invites applications for a full-time non-tenure track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Biology. The candidate should have a strong background in one or more of the biomedical sciences. A successful candidate will be expected to teach a minimum of 12 hours per semester, with the possibility of teaching during the summer terms for additional compensation. We seek a creative and flexible faculty member committed to excellence in student-centered, innovative undergraduate teaching. The applicant should either have documented teaching experience or be familiar with curriculum design, implementation of active learning strategies, and assessment of student learning. Courses would include both lecture and laboratory formats for biology majors, allied health majors, and to fulfill general education requirements. The successful candidate is expected to be dedicated to scholarship and demonstrate an on-going commitment to student research in the candidate’s area of expertise.
Faculty members are expected to academically advise students, to serve on departmental and university committees, to demonstrate cooperation and collaboration with colleagues inside and outside of the department, to support the missions of the biology department and Hardin-Simmons University, and to perform other duties consistent with the faculty job description as stated in the faculty contract.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: These examples do not include all possible tasks & do not limit the assignment of related tasks.
Teach undergraduate courses and laboratories in Biology.
Demonstrate effective teaching strategies by planning and implementing a variety of student-centered teaching and assessment methods.
Maintain accurate records and documents, and submit timely reports, including but not limited to syllabi, grades, and office hours.
Mentor students in research in the field of expertise.
Support the lab coordinator in maintaining laboratory equipment and monitoring student workers.
Advise students in the biological sciences and provide strategies for academic success during office hours or in ad hoc appointments.
Engage in service to the university, department, and community.
Know and uphold the policies in the current faculty handbook.
Masters or doctorate in science is required with an emphasis in a biomedical field such as anatomy, physiology, or cell biology.
PhD preferred. ABD candidate will be considered, but if hired and the degree has not been earned by the start of the employment period, the initial appointment will be made at the rank of Instructor and will only be converted upon the documented completion of the degree.
Excellent teaching and communication skills required.
This position is a non-tenure track 9-month appointment with the possibility of teaching additional courses during summer sessions.
Hardin-Simmons University, a church-related institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas:
Fosters the intellectual development of students by providing an academically challenging undergraduate education based upon a liberal arts foundation, and advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs.
Academic excellence continues as a priority at Hardin-Simmons University as it has for more than a century. The core curriculum involves students in a broad range of inquiry relating general studies with requirements of the chosen major. Graduate programs broaden the scope of learning in scientific and professional disciplines and encourage students to regard learning as a lifelong process. Small classes taught by experienced scholars give the opportunity for interactive learning. The institution’s commitment to excellence is best illustrated through the lives of graduates who traditionally have excelled in a wide variety of fields.
Affirms the relevance and importance of the Christian faith for life in the contemporary world by maintaining a clear identification with the loyalty to the Christian faith and func...tioning within the context of history Baptist values and principles.
Founded in 1891 by a determined group of ministers, ranchers and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University established dual goals of developing the mind and nurturing the spiritual life of its students. That commitment to encourage growth in faith and knowledge has remained central. Believing academic excellence and Christian faith to be complementary, the University emphasizes the need for interaction between faith and reason.
Encourages individuals to lead lives of service through active involvement in intellectual, cultural and religious life, both on the campus and in the larger communities of Abilene and the world.
Although Western in tradition, the University takes pride in the cosmopolitan nature of its students, faculty and staff, and encourages the development of an international perspective. Through its leadership in providing intellectual, spiritual, cultural and social opportunities, the University serves as catalyst for the advancement and enrichment of its students and the community.