“However many ways there may be of being alive, there are vastly more ways of being dead.” — Richard Dawkins
Assistant Professor of Cell Biology
The Department of Biology at Creighton University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship to begin August 2017. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by that date, and post-doctoral experience is preferred. The successful applicant will teach cell biology at the upper-division level and participate in introductory biology offerings. In addition, teaching responsibilities will include one or more courses in the candidate's area(s) of expertise. These courses might reflect existing offerings or areas of study not currently found in the department. Additional teaching assignments could also include courses for non-majors.
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Teaching and mentoring
Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences places a strong emphasis on undergraduate instruction, and the successful candidates should posses a strong desire to teach in a liberal arts environment. Mentoring of undergraduate research students is also expected of all faculty.
Annual teaching responsibilities for faculty normally consist of 18 contact hours, with each lecture or laboratory section counting as three hours. A typical year might consist of teaching one lecture with two labs one semester, and two lectures with one lab or three lectures the other semester. Course releases are provided during a faculty member's first semester and at the mid-tenure point. Undergraduate teaching assistants may be used to provide support for laboratory sections. Summer courses may be offered and provide additional compensation.
A number of department members are also part of the College's interdisciplinary Neuroscience major, which includes faculty from Pharmacology, Pharmacy, Psychology, and other departments. Association with the program provides additional opportunities to mentor and teach Neuroscience majors.
Tenure and advancement require the development of a research program that fosters undergraduate reseach and leads to peer-reviewed publications. Faculty members are provided with a research laboratory as well as startup funds to intitate this program. In addition to faculty within the department, opportunities exist for research collaboration with members of other departments and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences, including biochemists in the Department of Chemistry and biophysicists in the Department of Physics. Other potential collaborators are located in Creighton’s School of Medicine (including the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Microbiology and Immunology) and other health sciences schools, and at other research institutions in Omaha such as UNMC, UN Omaha, and Boys Town National Research Hospital.
Initial application is via Creighton's HR website. Candidates will need to upload the following documents to the University’s HR job site, under the Faculty list, posting number 20150304:
- A cover letter, to include names and contact information for three professional references
- A curriculum vitae
- A statement of teaching philosophy and experience, and
- A statement of research interests and skills, and short- and long-term goals.
Applicants who advance beyond the initial selection process will be asked to provide the following additional documents directly to the Biology department:
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts,
- Letters of recommendation from the candidate's three references, and
- Teaching evalutations, if available.
These materials must be provided within one week of being requested for full consideration, so applicants may wish to ask references to have letters prepared and transcripts available prior to notification. Initial submission of the documents may be electronic, but original copies will be required prior to a campus visit.
Application review will begin October 10, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.
Questions regarding the position may be directed to the department chair, Dr. Mark Reedy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-280-3341.
Creighton is a Catholic Jesuit institution that seeks qualified applicants from all backgrounds who believe they can contribute to the University’s outstanding educational traditions. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage applications from women and minority candidates.