Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biology – Vertebrate Behavioral Biologist

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biology – Vertebrate Behavioral Biologist

  • Wester Chester, United States
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Biology – Vertebrate Behavioral Biologist
Job description

Position Summary

Join a vibrant campus community whose  excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. West  Chester University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Biology invites  applicants for the full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of  Biology – Vertebrate Behavioral Biologist position to begin in August  2023.

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania  State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution  committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected  post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational  and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of  southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate  and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and  public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and  social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a  community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed  personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.

The  mission of the Department of Biology, part of the College of Sciences  and Mathematics, is to provide a high-quality educational experience to  both undergraduate and graduate students. This is achieved by  maintaining small class sizes staffed by full-time faculty. Virtually  all courses have a laboratory component facilitating participatory  learning. The Department has well-equipped facilities for a vertebrate  biologist, including a large collection of vertebrate specimens, data  acquisition systems, oxygen analyzers, a necropsy facility, incubators, a  3-D scanner, 3-D printers, flow tanks, and a USDA approved animal  facility that meets standards for NIH accreditation for the use of rats  and mice. The University is home to the 126-acre Gordon Natural Area, a  protected area containing grassland, forest, riparian, and wetland  habitats, available for teaching and faculty research.

The  faculty position involves teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses  offered in-person. The ideal candidate will use innovative teaching  skills and demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of  the department’s students. The faculty member will collaborate with  other departmental faculty and staff to ensure the success of the  College.


  • Provide teaching and instructional learning
  • Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications
  • Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees
  • Mentoring and advising students
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline (ABD may be considered. Must be completed before June 30, 2023.)
  • Experience teaching undergraduate and/or graduate level courses
  • Research experience in vertebrate animal behavioral biology or related discipline

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing curriculum in animal behavioral biology
  • Experience teaching human anatomy & physiology labs
  • Experience teaching general biology labs
  • Experience mentoring or advising students
  • Experience with advanced technologies (e.g., remote sensing, electronics, etc.)
  • Experience writing and applying for grants and/or external funding

Special Instructions

Apply online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/wcupa/default.cfm. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin in September 2022 and continue until the position has been filled.

Finalist must successfully complete an interview, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.

Required Documents for Consideration
To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List  of three references with contact information (These referees will  automatically be sent an email with instructions for uploading their  letter of recommendation directly to the applicant tracking system.)
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required at a later date)
  • Research statement – Include research experience and agenda
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Diversity statement (See below)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
West  Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in  Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty,  students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are  underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty  position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our  department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to  cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment  reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan  and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and  Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each  applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own  experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page  statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity  and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research  environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse  communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional,  LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any  programs for these students in which you have participated? (3) Describe  your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing  diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity  initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on  our campus?

All offers of employment are subject to and  contingent upon satisfactory completion of all preemployment criminal  background checks.

Developing and sustaining a diverse  faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission  and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an  Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities,  veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Areas of Research
  • Behavioral Science
  • Pedagogy & Education Research
  • Structural Biology