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Assistant Professor, Tenure Track, Biology

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Rock Island, Illinois
Competitive salary and benefits
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Biology (anatomy/neuroanatomy) – Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, invites applications for a full-time, broadly trained Tenure-Track Assistant Professor beginning in August of the 2022-2023 academic year.  Augustana College is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college of approximately 2,500 students, including 26 percent first generation college students, 23 percent Pell Grant students, 24 percent students of color, and 12 percent international students. Our beautifully wooded and largely residential campus is located in Rock Island, IL, a diverse Illinois-Iowa quad Cities metropolitan area along the Mississippi River with 400,000 residents about three hours west of Chicago. Strengthening our diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and strategic plan. We seek applicants with an interest in fostering rigorous, inclusive, and high-impact learning environments for a diverse student body.  Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana

Teaching responsibilities include anatomy and neuroanatomy, as well as a combination of introductory courses for majors and non-majors, senior capstone (Senior Inquiry), cadaver dissection, and/or upper-level elective in the candidates specialty.

A strong candidate will demonstrate: a commitment to creative and engaging undergraduate teaching and

academic advising; a commitment to pursue a program of scholarship that includes undergraduate students,

publishing in professional journals, and presenting at regional, state, and national conferences; and a

willingness to serve the college, department, profession, and community. Service as an academic advisor to

Biology majors will begin in the second year of employment. The annual teaching and advising load for this position will total 24 credit hours.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated passion for working with a diverse student

population. We strongly encourage applicants, in their letter of application, to address how they foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work. Additional information about the Biology Department, and Augustana College can be found at

Our department is among the largest on campus and includes more than a dozen faculty with a range of

specializations. Our faculty are active throughout the college in teaching, service, and scholarship, and we
seek a candidate with a commitment to collaboration across the curriculum and the value of a liberal education. We are a collegial group who support one another and our students. Beyond the classroom, student success is promoted through mentoring and advising.

The successful candidate must have expertise in the biological sciences through advanced education, teaching,

and/or work-related experience, the ability to learn and employ innovative teaching and advising strategies,

willingness to actively infuse multiple perspectives and critical thinking into pedagogy, commitment to

fostering equity and inclusion; and a willingness to serve the college, department, profession, and community.
Preference will be given to candidates who will have earned a Ph.D. by the time of the appointment; ABD candidates will also be considered.

Augustana College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Augustana College provides equal opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, and any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

A complete application will include: a cover letter indicating an interest in and understanding of teaching in a

liberal arts setting, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcript, statement of teaching philosophy, statement

of research program (emphasis on including undergraduate students desired) and evidence-based description

of teaching effectiveness. Questions should be directed to Dr. Kimberly Murphy, Chair of the Biology

Department, at  Review of applications will begin November 12, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

For more information and to apply, please visit


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