“Each living creature must be looked at as a microcosm, formed of a host of self propagating organisms, as numerous as the stars in heaven.” — Charles Darwin
Assistant Professor of Biology
The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences at Creighton University invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professorship in the area of aquatic ecology and/or the biology of aquatic systems to begin July 2022. Candidates must have completed a Ph.D. by that date. Post-doctoral research and prior teaching experience are preferred. We seek applicants with any of a broad range of research subspecialities from molecular ecology (e.g., ecotoxicology of aquatic systems; molecular/genomic analysis of aquatic systems) to evolutionary and physiological ecology (e.g., adaptations of plant and animals to aquatic life) to ecosystems-level research.
We seek an outstanding teacher-scholar who will contribute to Creighton's history of excellence in instruction, research, and service. The successful applicant will support the Biology Department and Environmental Science Program through course offerings in aquatic ecology, foundational ecology, and introductory biology, as well as other areas of expertise such as genomics, molecular biology, microbial ecology, biostatistics, physiology, environmental toxicology and/or remote sensing/GIS. Tenure and advancement require effective teaching and development of a research program involving undergraduate students that leads to peer-reviewed publications and competitive grant applications. Opportunities exist for collaboration with faculty in Creighton's professional schools and other local and regional entities involved in aquatic ecology and resource management such as the Nebraska Water Center, Nature Conservancy, Henry Doorly Zoo, and state and federal agencies. Faculty are also expected to embrace Creighton's Jesuit values by providing advising for students and service to the department, college, university, and broader community. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.
Department of Biology
The Department of Biology is an undergraduate department within the College of Arts and Sciences. We have 17 full-time and three part-time or adjunct faculty members who support around 250 Biology majors and 100 minors. The Department also sponsors two Interdisciplinary programs:
- The Environmental Science Program involves faculty from Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Cultural and Social Studies, History, Philosophy and Political Science. The EVS program was founded in the early 1990s, making it the oldest such program in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
- The Neuroscience Program is a collaboration between Biology, Psychology, Philosophy, the School of Medicine, and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions.
Teaching and mentoring
Creighton's College of Arts and Sciences places a strong emphasis on undergraduate instruction, and the successful candidates should possess a strong desire to teach in a liberal arts environment. Mentoring of undergraduate research students is also expected of all faculty, as is academic advising. (Note that the Department does not have a graduate program.)
Annual teaching responsibilities for faculty normally consist of 18 contact hours, with most lecture or laboratory sections counting as three hours. This typically results in a 3-3 teaching load (fall-spring). For example, an annual load might consist of 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.
Tenure and advancement require the development of a research program that fosters undergraduate research and leads to peer-reviewed publications. Faculty members are provided with a research laboratory as well as startup funds to initiate their research program.
Creighton and nearby institutions offer extensive opportunities for research collaboration. In addition to faculty within Biology, members of other departments and programs within the College of Arts and Sciences have biological interests, 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 Departments of Biomedical Sciences, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, and Medical Microbiology and Immunology), and at other research institutions in Omaha, such as the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Opportunities also exist for collaboration with other local and regional entities involved in aquatic ecology, such as the USACE> and Henry Doorly Zoo.
Creighton is a Catholic and Jesuit comprehensive urban university committed to excellence in its undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks Creighton University in the top third of their National Universities list and 25th for best Undergraduate Teaching in that list. Creighton University is also ranked #1 among all Catholic universities in undergraduate research.
Guided by the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, the Creighton College of Arts & Sciences forms students who appreciate humanistic traditions, discover truth, goodness, and beauty, question systems and structures, and transform society through willing the good of all. Creighton faculty members conduct research to enhance teaching, to contribute to the betterment of society, and to discover new knowledge. Faculty and staff stimulate critical and creative thinking and provide ethical perspectives for dealing with an increasingly complex world. The Arts & Sciences Mission Statement provides more information.
Omaha and Surrounding Areas
Omaha, Nebraska is a vibrant city along the bluffs of the Missouri River, surrounded by agricultural landscapes as well as good examples of lakes, streams, wetlands, deciduous forest and tallgrass prairie, useful for field-based teaching. Omaha is the regional headquarters for the US Army Corps of Engineers Omaha District (covering 5 states), National Park Service Midwest Region (covering 13 states), and Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. Other notable amenities in Omaha are the Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Botanical Garden, Joslyn Art Museum and Durham Western Heritage Museum. Creighton is located approximately three miles from Eppley Airfield, a medium hub airport with direct or one-stop travel to cities throughout the U.S.
To be considered, candidates should submit their application to Creighton's HR site. This initial application materials include:
- A letter of application (including expression of interest specific to the University mission)
- A current curriculum vitae
- A statement of teaching and research interests, philosophies, and experience
- Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
In addition, applicants should arrange for three professional references to be ready to submit letters of recommendation directly to Dr. Mackenzie Taylor at mackenzietaylor@creighton .edu once requested.
Candidates who advance to the next level of consideration will be contacted and asked to provide:
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- A written statement addressing the candidate's understanding of the interrelated missions of the University, College, and department and the roles the candidate would hope to play in accomplishing those missions
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available)
Please contact Dr. Taylor with any questions. We will begin reviewing materials on September 13, 2021.
Mackenzie Taylor Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Chair, Aquatic Ecology Search Committee
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 EO/AA Employer: M/F/Disabled/Vet and seeks a wide range of applicants for this position in support of one of our core values: gender, ethnic and cultural diversity.