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Ecologist/Organismal Biologist

Cornell College
Mount Vernon, Iowa
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 28, 2022

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Education, Other
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Faculty, Assistant Professor
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Cornell College, a private undergraduate liberal arts college, invites applications for a full time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Department of Biology, beginning fall 2023. Teaching responsibilities for this position focus on core courses supporting the new Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) major.

Possible courses include introductory organismal biology, ecology, endangered species ecology, population genetics and conservation, an undergraduate research course and an advanced course related to the candidate’s expertise in organismal biology. This position will also contribute to the Environmental Studies program. Appointment at the Assistant Professor level will begin in the fall of 2023. A Ph.D. is required at the time of appointment, and post-doctoral and teaching experience is preferred.

The Department of Biology seeks individuals committed to excellence and innovation in undergraduate education with an emphasis on hands-on research projects and active engagement of students in research endeavors. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the department’s strong commitment to student-faculty research, including participation in our 8- week Cornell Summer Research Institute ( ). The College routinely provides internal funding to facilitate student-faculty research. The Biology department is located in the newly built Russell Science Center which houses a variety of instrumentation to support coursework and research projects.

Because Cornell College values diversity and strives to create a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included, the entire campus community engages in dialogue around issues of difference, identity, and ideology. The college is committed to fostering a faculty and staff community that reflects our diverse student body. We encourage applications from candidates who share our vision for a campus that embraces differing backgrounds, viewpoints, and identities, and who will excel at teaching and mentoring a student body that is broadly diverse.  (See our diversity statement.)

All Cornell faculty are expected to participate in service to their department and to the college and to facilitate their department's support of the college's Ingenuity core curriculum. The college encourages interdisciplinary interests among its faculty and the development of teaching strategies that capitalize on our unique academic calendar. Our academic calendar allows us the freedom to take students off-campus without impinging on other course commitments. In addition, class size is limited to 25 students, and upper-level courses are often smaller. Full-time faculty teaching load is 6 OCAAT courses during the academic year with the other 2 blocks reserved for ongoing research projects, course preparations, or travel to academic meetings; further opportunities for summer teaching and research supervision may also be available.

About Cornell College

Cornell College is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in teaching and the creation of a welcoming community in which all individuals are respected and included. Our innovative curriculum includes a focus on the essential abilities of writing, quantitative reasoning, and intercultural literacy as well as experiential learning. Cornell’s One Course At A Time (OCAAT) academic calendar is divided into eight- 3½ week blocks in which students take and faculty teach a single course. This one-at-a-time approach fosters strong student engagement and close faculty-student relationships while allowing faculty freedom to design and carry out their classes, on campus or off.

Founded in 1853, Cornell’s distinctive campus community reflects our ongoing pursuit of our core values and continuing tradition of shared governance.  Always a coeducational institution, we were the first college west of the Mississippi to graduate both men and women and the first college in the country to afford a female faculty member the same title and pay as her male colleagues. Academic immersion, real world experience requirements through Ingenuity in Action, and unparalleled flexibility attract an ambitious student body from around the world. Three quarters of our students are from outside Iowa, representing 44 states and 13 foreign countries. Students of color comprise one-fifth of the student body.

Cornell's picturesque hilltop campus contains a mix of historic and modern facilities. Mount Vernon, Iowa, is a flourishing community with a vibrant arts scene, recognized by Frommer's as one of "America's Coolest Small Towns" and located in the heart of the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids technology corridor.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials here:

  •       A letter of application/cover letter, which includes a description of any experience working with individuals from historically marginalized or underserved groups.
  •       Current Curriculum Vitae
  •       Graduate transcript (may be unofficial)
  •       Teaching statement, describing teaching interests, experience, and philosophy, including examples of inclusive pedagogy
  •       Research statement, describing the proposed research, the involvement of undergraduates, and the equipment necessary to carry out the research.
  •       At least 3 letters of recommendation sent directly to

Applications will be reviewed beginning November 4, 2022  and continue until the position is filled.

For more information about the Department of Biology, please visit the department’s website

Any questions can be directed to Craig Tepper, PhD, Chair Department of Biology at

Cornell is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups. Cornell complies with Iowa's Smoke-free Air Act, participates in e-verify for verification of employment eligibility, and conducts background checks.



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