• Biology, Full-Time, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

    Posted Date 2 months ago(9/27/2018 10:24 AM)
    Proposed Salary Range
    Commensurate with credentials and experience.
    Hours Per Week
    Weeks Per Year
    # of Openings
    Regular Workdays/Hours
    Monday - Friday
    Exempt Status
    Job ID
    Preference Date
  • Special Instructions to Applicants

    Transcripts for undergraduate and graduate degrees and degrees in progress, a teaching statement, and a research statement are required. Please submit your transcripts and statements under Optional Documents.

    College/Department Overview

    The College of Mathematics and Science currently has 135 full-time and over 70 part-time faculty in 7 academic departments. The College serves more than 3,600 undergraduate students in 26 majors and provides graduate programs in Biology, Applied Mathematical Science, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, Computational Science, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, and Nursing. Accreditation/Certification is held by ABET, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the American Board of Funeral Service Education, and the American Chemical Society. UCO is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research. For further information see our website at http://www.uco.edu/cms.

    Position Overview

    Teaches, advises and mentors students, evaluates student performance, and maintains department and student records in accordance with university policies. Adheres to the educational philosophy of the university. Works in a collaborative manner with colleagues and professional peers. Participates in university meetings that relate specifically to faculty. Serves on department, college, and university committees as requested. Prepares departmental reports as requested. Engages in teaching, service, and scholarly and/or creative activities as defined by the tenure and promotion policy in the UCO Employee and Faculty Handbook. Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service are expected. This position is a full-time, tenure-track position.

    Department Specific Essential Job Functions

    Duties include teaching day/evening classes, graduate/undergraduate courses, scholarly activities, and service to the department, college, and university.


    The Biology Department has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education through transformative learning and research.  The department is seeking a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biology who is committed to excellence in teaching and collaborative student-centered research. Primary areas of teaching responsibility will be Biology for non-majors, Biology for Majors, and Plant Taxonomy/Systematics. Teaching responsibilities may also include Evolution and other advanced courses depending on the candidate’s expertise and departmental need.  Research interests may include any area within vascular plant systematics, phytogeography, and evolution, but preference will be given to applicants with field expertise and willingness to learn the local flora. Applicants whose research integrates field- and herbarium-based studies with modern genomic approaches are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will be expected to curate and increase the holdings in the 15,000-specimen herbarium. We are seeking a candidate who will be committed to excellence in teaching, and will establish a productive research program involving undergraduates and Masters-level students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and serve as a thesis advisor for graduate students.  Participation in department, college, and university service is required.

    Qualifications/Experience Required

    Teaching, research, departmental/school and university service is expected. An earned doctorate degree awarded by a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institute in the field specified in the position announcement (exceptions require Academic Affairs approval).


    **NOTE** If the doctorate is not obtained and submitted by the time of employment, the position rank will change to TT-instuctor."

    Qualifications/Experience Preferred

    Ph.D. in Biology or related field required; ABD considered (Ph.D. must be completed by June 2019). Demonstrable oral and written communication skills required. Experience teaching and directing research at the undergraduate level preferred.


    Reports to the Chair of the Department and the Dean of the College.

    Physical Demands

    Repetitive movement of hands and fingers - typing and/or writing. Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping, kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visually identify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate with supervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendance required. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADA requirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


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