The Department of Biological Sciences at Arkansas State University invites applications for three tenure-track faculty positions at the rank(s) of Assistant or Associate Professor within the theme of Disease in Nature. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline, an established research record that includes publications in high-quality journals, evidence of the ability to maintain or develop an independent research program, and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Post-doctoral experience is preferred but not required.
Of particular interest are candidates who have developed research programs related to any of the following: pathogenic diseases; epidemiology of diseases in natural systems; animal (including human) or plant microbiome; pathogen-host or symbiont-host interactions; plant pathogens, forest diseases, or invasive insects; or ecosystem stressors that influence disease. We also encourage applications from candidates who have developed exceptional research programs outside of the areas specified, but still within the Disease in Nature theme.
Interest and ability in teaching undergraduate courses that consist largely of pre-professional students, and wildlife and conservation students secondarily, is required. These courses may include Biology of Animals, Plants, and/or Cell (series of introductory courses for majors); Cell Signaling; Epidemiology; Evolution; Neurobiology (w/ Lab); Mammalogy (w/ Lab); Histology; Virology; Principles and Practices of Forest Resources; and Principles of Ecology. The interest in developing new courses to strengthen our offerings around the Disease in Nature theme is also encouraged.
Several avenues for collaborative research at A-State are available with faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, the Arkansas Biosciences Institute, the Ecotoxicology Research Facility, the Arkansas Center for Biodiversity Collections, and the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (Jonesboro).
Duties & Responsibilities:
· Contribute to the teaching, research, and service of the department, which currently has approx. 500 undergraduate majors (primarily pre-professional) and 60 graduate students.
· Mentor students in Biology (MS), Environmental Sciences (MS and PhD), and/or Molecular BioSciences graduate programs (MS and PhD).
· Develop an independent and externally funded research program.
· Teach undergraduate and graduate courses based on the needs in the department and develop courses in the candidate’s expertise.
· Faculty workload includes teaching, research, creative activity, service, and professional development in the best interest of the faculty, students, and community at large.
· Assume student academic advising responsibilities along with regular teaching loads.
Arkansas State University is a comprehensive, state-supported, doctoral university with high research activity (R2). Faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences engage in research and interact with the nearly 500 undergraduate and 60 graduate students across Biology, Environmental Sciences, and Molecular BioSciences graduate programs. Jonesboro is a community of nearly 80,000 people located in Northeast Arkansas, amidst the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and Crowley’s Ridge ecoregions. We are an hour away from Memphis, Tennessee, and the Ozark Highlands. Jonesboro boasts a regional center for quality healthcare, a variety of dining and entertainment options, a low cost of living, and plenty of recreational opportunities.
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Please submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research experience and plans, teaching philosophy, a statement of commitment to increasing diversity within the field of biology, and contact information for at least three references. For any questions, feel free to reach out directly to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Than Boves, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin November 4, 2019, and continue until positions are filled.