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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, Ohio
Salary and Benefit information is available through the Provost office.
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Undergraduate College
Job Function
Faculty Member
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level
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The Department of Biological Sciences at Ohio Wesleyan University invites applications for a tenure-track position in the Neuroscience program starting in August, 2023. We seek a person committed to excellent undergraduate teaching and to developing a vibrant research program involving undergraduates of all experience levels and from diverse backgrounds. We are especially interested in candidates with research experience in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience. The successful candidate will join a vibrant Biological Sciences community and will benefit from extensive support for junior faculty, including professional development funding, pre-tenure research leave, funding for student-faculty research collaboration via the OWU Connection, and a range of workshops and mentoring programs. 

This job is part of a cluster of positions with which Ohio Wesleyan seeks to further diversify its curriculum and faculty. This faculty cohort will join an educational community that values flexibility, interdisciplinarity, and equity and fosters close working relationships with students through our signature program in experiential learning, the OWU Connection. Incoming faculty will be provided with mentoring, professional development funds, and opportunities to connect with faculty across the Ohio 5 and GLCA consortia. For more information about the cluster, visit For more information about Academic Affairs and its commitment to DEI, visit


  • The primary responsibility for this position is to teach Introduction to Neuroscience (NEUR 250) and Topics in Neuroscience (NEUR 374) and contribute to the required biological introductory courses (BIOL120 and 122); 

    To teach another section of one of the following: Human Physiology (BIOL 325), Genetics (BIOL 271), Cell and Molecular Biology (BIOL 351), Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (NEUR 362), or develop a new course that is of broad interest to students in biology and neuroscience;

    Provide opportunities for mentored undergraduate research;

    Engage effectively with students inside and outside the classroom, maintaining a high level of accessibility;

    Work proactively to identify students having trouble and help them achieve success;

    Participate in University and departmental service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline

    Evidence of preparation for a teaching-intensive career at the undergraduate level, including teaching experience in Neuroscience or a related discipline

    Mentoring undergraduate students in research experiences 

    Commitment to working with people from diverse backgrounds and to helping students from diverse racial, social, and cultural groups attain their full potential


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as the Instructor of Record for an undergraduate biology course


Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and the following (no more than 2 pages for each):

  • Teaching statement: a statement articulating your teaching philosophy. Please address your ability to teach a wide range of courses and employ a variety of pedagogical techniques to reach students from different backgrounds.

    Diversity statement: a statement that describes your experience and/or approach to supporting students from underrepresented groups, including examples of ways you have intentionally addressed diversity, equity, and inclusion in your classroom and research program.

    Research statement: a statement outlining the central aims of the research program you would like to develop and how it will thrive at Ohio Wesleyan.


Please submit all materials via, where you will find additional information about working at OWU. Additional materials and reference letters may be requested at a later time and can be sent directly to Please make sure to include the program name (Neuroscience) in the subject line.

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by October 16, 2022. 

About Ohio Wesleyan. Located in the Columbus, Ohio metropolitan area, Ohio Wesleyan is a selective residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,500 students from across the nation and around the world. The college’s signature program, the OWU Connection, is designed to integrate student knowledge across disciplines, consider diverse and global perspectives, and teach students to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book Colleges That Change Lives and was recently listed as the No. 1 liberal arts college in Ohio for social mobility by U.S. News and World Report. OWU is located in Delaware, OH, a lively college town less than 30 minutes from Columbus, the 14th most populous city in the United States and part of the fastest growing, most economically vibrant areas of the Midwest. Columbus, known increasingly as the “Silicon Midwest,” was named by LinkedIn as one of the top 10 U.S. cities in which to launch your career.

To achieve our mission, we continually strive to foster a diverse, inclusive, and anti-racist campus community, which celebrates the value of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, color, gender identity and or expression, sexual orientation, family configuration, disability, socioeconomic status, religion, national origin, age or military status. OWU is an equal opportunity institution and seeks applications from individuals who will help us honor and strengthen our commitments to diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism.  


Ohio Wesleyan University, a private college located 20 miles north of Columbus, in Delaware, Ohio, is one of the most comprehensive liberal arts schools in the country. It is one of only 44 schools featured in Colleges That Change Lives and is ranked in the top 100 national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. OWU’s breadth of more than 90 majors includes Business, Data Analytics, Fine Arts, Communication, and Education; scientific fields such as Neuroscience and Zoology; and a wide range of pre-professional areas, including Medicine, Law, Public Administration, and Engineering.
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