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Faculty Search: Vertebrate Organismal Biology

Full-Time Tenure Track Faculty

General Information

The Department of Biology at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in vertebrate organismal biology at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in August 2020. We seek candidates committed to excellence in teaching, with demonstrated ability to teach a diverse range of students with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and nationality. The successful candidate will teach BIOL 162 (Introduction to Mechanisms of Multicellular Organisms), Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, an additional course for biology majors, and a course for non-science majors. The candidate will also be expected to establish a productive research program in vertebrate organismal biology that is well-suited to undergraduate participation. We expect that the successful candidate will bring expertise to the department in one or more related fields, such as biomechanics, paleobiology, physiology, animal behavior, or biology of a particular vertebrate group. Please note that the department’s capabilities for supporting live animal research are limited, and individuals who require live animal facilities should contact the search chair before applying.  

This position carries a 3-2 teaching load. Tenure-track faculty members are eligible for travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full employee benefits. 

Qualifications

The candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field of biology. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching as informed by current practice and scholarship in the field. The successful candidate will have published scholarship and show promise in establishing an independent research program involving undergraduate students.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements listed above, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research interests and plan for carrying out this research at an undergraduate institution, transcripts (graduate and undergraduate), and three confidential letters of recommendation. The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit all application materials to https://apply.interfolio.com/65569.

As a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college, the College values dialog among people from diverse perspectives as integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program (see http://www.holycross.edu/mission). In your application please highlight how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or service might support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit http://holycross.edu/diversity.

Review of applications will begin on September 23, 2019. Initial Skype interviews of selected applicants will take place in early October. Questions about this search may be directed to Prof. Julia Paxson (jpaxson@holycross.edu), chair of the search committee. To learn more about the department, candidates are encouraged to visit our home page before submitting their application materials (https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/biology).

The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective, Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition, enrolling about 3000 students and located 45 minutes west of Boston. The College provides resources for dual career couples, and embraces all Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action laws in the workplace.

Additional information regarding the position

  • About the Department: The Biology Department prides itself on its collegiality and strives for a cooperative environment. The department presently includes 13 tenure lines.  Eleven are occupied by faculty members covering a broad range of biological sub-disciplines and one is occupied by a geologist. We also have two lecturers with additional administrative duties, four full-time laboratory instructors, several visiting assistant professors, occasional teaching post-docs, and two office administrators.  Additional information on members of the department can be found at:https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/biology/faculty-staff.  
     
  • Teaching:  The successful candidate will teach one or more lecture sections of BIOL 162 (Introduction to Mechanisms of Multicellular Organisms) using a curriculum developed jointly with other instructors. The candidate will also teach a course in Comparative Vertebrate Morphology for biology majors and will be expected to develop an additional upper-level course for biology majors in some aspect of vertebrate biology. The candidate will also be expected to teach a course for non-science majors seeking to fulfill their natural science requirement. The topic will be determined by the instructor in consultation with the department chair. The position carries a 3-2 teaching load.  A lab section accompanying a course counts as an individual course in determining teaching load. Thus a vertebrate morphology lecture course with an accompanying lab would count as two courses. Faculty with relevant teaching interests and expertise also have the opportunity to contribute to the Department and College's other curricular programs, such as the Geosciences minor (https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/geosciences), the Environmental Studies program (https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/environmental-studies), the Neuroscience minor (https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/neuroscience), and the first-year seminar program (https://www.holycross.edu/holy-cross-approach/montserrat).
     
  • Research:  The successful candidate will develop an active research program that involves motivated undergraduate students in a meaningful way.  More information about student involvement in research in our department can be found at https://www.holycross.edu/academics/programs/biology/research. New hires receive a competitive start-up package as negotiated at the time of the job offer. Please note that the department’s capabilities for supporting live animal research are limited, and individuals who require live animal facilities should contact the search chair before applying.  Research and sabbatical leaves. Prior to tenure decisions, faculty members receive a one-semester research leave with full pay and benefits. This research leave is typically taken during the third year.  Tenured faculty members typically receive a research sabbatical after each six years of service to the College. Additional research leaves, internally funded on a competitive basis, are also available. 
     
  • Contribution to inclusivity and diversity. As a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts institution, the College values dialogue among people from diverse perspectives as integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program (http://www.holycross.edu/about-us/mission-statement).  The Biology Department is committed to creating a community in which all students and staff are supported in ways that enable them to best succeed. The successful candidate must demonstrate that they have thought about strategies that will enable students from diverse backgrounds to be best supported. In addition, the application should highlight how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or service would support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.