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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

Austin College
Sherman, Texas - North of Dallas
Closing date
Feb 18, 2024

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The Austin College Department of Biology invites applications for two 1-year Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology positions to begin in Fall 2024, with the possibility to convert to tenure track depending on complementarity with department needs. Successful candidates will have strong commitments to innovative teaching in a liberal arts environment and to fostering and encouraging diversity in the classroom through their pedagogy.

Teaching responsibilities will mostly include mid to upper-level undergraduate biology courses in the candidate's area of expertise but may also include offerings in our introductory course sequence or non-majors science courses. Applicants from all areas of biology will be considered fully, but we particularly invite candidates who would be comfortable teaching some combination of plant biology, evolution, ecology, and vertebrate anatomy or physiology, or at the interfaces of any of these disciplines. The standard 9-month teaching load is 12 contact hours per semester (2 courses that include lecture and accompanying lab). The option is available to engage undergraduates in research, either through coursework or in directed projects during the summer, with funding available for mentoring students in summer research. 

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and those who share our commitment to  inclusion and diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. Austin College faculty pride themselves in providing a welcoming working community. Austin College is also an emerging (24%) Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) and serves a majority-minority population. Student demographic information can be found here: 

Austin College is a leading national private liberal arts college located north of Dallas in Sherman, Texas. Founded in 1849, it is the oldest institution of higher education in Texas operating under original charter and name. The College is nationally recognized and provides an academically challenging and lively community of students, staff, and faculty committed to intellectual growth through individual and collaborative endeavors. Austin College (AC) is one of 40 schools profiled in Loren Pope’s influential book, Colleges That Change Lives
Candidates should send the following: 

  • letter of application;
  • CV;
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy;
  • a one-page description of research interests;
  • a one-page diversity and inclusion statement (indicating the ways candidates foster goals of inclusion and diversity in their teaching, scholarship, and/or service);
  • names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected) 

Please combine materials into one PDF document and email it to

Review of applicants will begin 16 February and continue until the positions are filled. The successful candidates will have or be in the late stages of completing a Ph.D., and a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching. 

Full job posting and benefits information can be found at

Austin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that serves a diverse student body and is committed to the same in the hiring process. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

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