Visiting Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences

Date Posted
June 14, 2022
Job Description

Ohio Wesleyan University is a selective, private, undergraduate liberal arts, residential institution founded in 1842 and located just 20 miles north of Columbus, is seeking candidates for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences.

About you:    

You are an aspiring or practicing teacher-scholar, eager to provide engaging experiences to undergraduates in the biology classroom and laboratory. You have experience in cell and molecular biology research and a passion to mentor young students in your field.

About us:                  

The Department of Biological Sciences is made up of passionate biologists dedicated to teaching and pursuing research across a wide range of the life sciences, from the molecular to the organismal and across the domains of life.

Job Summary:

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor with a deep background in cell and molecular biology and a strong commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students from a variety of backgrounds. Teaching responsibilities for this position include introductory and advanced courses in cell and molecular biology and may include courses in microbiology, genetics, and immunology depending on the specific background and training of the candidate. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. in Cell/Molecular Biology or a related field and provide evidence of a commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Design, develop, and deliver classroom experiences in introductory-level cell biology, upper-level cell & molecular biology, and another area based on experience and department need;
  • Take primary responsibility for preparing and delivering lab experiences in upper-level cell biology;
  • Deliver introductory lab experience with the assistance of lab support personnel;
  • Provide opportunities for mentored undergraduate research experiences;
  • Engage effectively with students inside and outside the classroom, including a high level of availability and accessibility.
  • Work proactively to identify students having trouble and help them achieve success.

Factors contributing success:   

  • Ph.D. in Cell or Molecular Biology or a related discipline;
  • Evidence of preparation for a teaching-intensive career at the undergraduate level, including experiences teaching classes and laboratories in the relevant topics and mentoring undergraduate students in research experiences;
  • Commitment to teaching and mentoring undergraduate students;
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a commitment to helping students from diverse racial, social, and cultural groups attain their full potential;
  • Commitment to departmental and institutional service;
  • Commitment to the liberal arts.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience as the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate biology course

Completed application packets will include:

  1. Cover Letter that includes an overview of your research agenda, teaching experiences, and evidence of your commitment to fostering an inclusive and effective learning environment;
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. The names, titles, and contact information for three professional references

Application review will begin immediately and will continue until position is filled.  Candidates who apply by July 8 will be given preferential consideration.   


Ohio Wesleyan University offers a rewarding place to work! To discover why this should be your next work home, visit our website. Learn more about our benefits at Discover our Benefits.

As an equal opportunity institution, OWU has a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism. We do not discriminate on any basis including: 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.

NOTE: Employment sponsorship is not available for this position. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States. 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 process.

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