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Assistant Professor, Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Biology at the College of William and Mary seeks applications for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY. We are particularly interested in candidates who have the ability to apply evolutionary knowledge across disciplines and employ integrative approaches that address questions at multiple levels of biological organization. The candidate is expected to establish and maintain an externally funded research program that inspires a highly motivated undergraduate student body as well as Masters students. Teaching expectation is 1-2 courses per semester, counting labs. Candidates must possess the skills to teach compelling courses in Evolutionary Genetics and other lecture and seminar-style evolution courses, and to contribute to the introductory biology sequence. Postdoctoral research experience is required, and previous experience in teaching and mentoring successful undergraduate research is preferred.
Collaborative research opportunities exist with faculty from a number of departments, schools and programs at the College of William and Mary. In addition to the Biology Department, these include:
- Program in Neuroscience
- The Biomath Program
- Department of Applied Science
- Environmental Science and Policy Program
- Virginia Institute of Marine Science
Campus facilities and equipment include an Integrated Science Center (opened in 2008), a well equipped molecular biology core facility, an environmental field laboratory, an herbarium, an extensive animal care facility that includes indoor and outdoor housing for birds, and several other support services.
Teaching expectations are generally one course each semester that may include a lab taught by the primary instructor. More specifically, the successful candidate will develop and teach a mid-level course in evolutionary genetics suitable for Biology majors and additional courses that might include a sophomore level Evolution of Organisms course and advanced courses, lecture or seminar style, that incorporate student writing and research projects. Prior experience teaching undergraduate courses will be viewed favorably. The department and College strongly value excellence in teaching and there are many on-campus initiatives to aid faculty in developing their teaching abilities and skills. We also encourage close mentorship of students in meaningful research experiences. Our ideal candidate will be a person who has imaginative and effective plans to integrate the education of undergraduates into their research program. As a result of the department’s commitment to student research and mentorship, faculty members have garnered considerable support from NSF, NIH, and other granting agencies. Many of our students co-author manuscripts with faculty before graduation.
Review begins November 1, 2011 and will continue until an appointment is made. Submit online a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statements of research plans and teaching philosophy, and a list of courses taken/taught relevant to the position as a single PDF document at https://jobs.wm.edu (Position #F0345W). Also submit separately online the names and email addresses of three references who may be contacted by us with instructions for how to submit a letter of reference. Information on the undergraduate and Masters degree programs in the Department of Biology and this position may be obtained at www.wm.edu/biology. The College is an EEO/AA employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.
Questions? Contact [[dacris,Daniel Cristol]], Chair of the Search Committee (757-221-2405). A full list of contact information of other biology faculty is available in the faculty directory.