Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with dual appointment in the Departments of Biology and Chemistry to begin September 1, 2021.
Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in liberal arts and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.
Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.
We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program (BMB) mission is to fuel students’ understanding of the molecular basis of the living world and to cultivate an interdisciplinary approach to life-long learning as part of a strong liberal arts education. Jointly started by the Chemistry and Biology Departments, the BMB Program aims to cultivate an inclusive and equitable learning community. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars who value collaborations both within and between disciplines. Our curriculum offers a solid foundation of science courses, a breadth of upper-level core courses in chemistry, biology, and biochemistry, course-embedded research opportunities, a capstone experience that includes vocational reflection, writing intensive courses, and a seminar program. Many of our students engage in research, both within and outside of our courses. The majority of our graduates, which average ~15/year, pursue graduate and/or professional studies in biochemistry and molecular biology, allied or health-related fields. We are particularly excited about our STEM-wide pursuit of inclusive excellence and our facilities, newly expanded and renovated for innovative teaching and research. We seek applicants excited about the opportunity to impact the College and its students by teaching in BMB and chemistry curricula, collaboratively developing an equitable pedagogy and culture for laboratory and classroom, expanding undergraduate research opportunities, and participating in our new Challenge Curriculum.
Major/Essential Functions: Gustavus faculty teach, advise, conduct research, and serve the college and department. Primary teaching responsibilities will include an intermediate-level survey course on Biochemistry and an advanced-level capstone course for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors, both with laboratory. The successful candidate will contribute to the integrated liberal arts curriculum and regularly teach in the first-year chemistry sequence. Depending on interest and expertise, there is also the opportunity to teach other lecture or laboratory courses in the chemistry curriculum. The successful candidate will join our efforts to move toward more inclusive and equitable environments in our classrooms, laboratories, and the College overall.
PhD in biochemistry or a related field by June 1, 2021;
A demonstrated commitment to promoting equity and empowering every student to reach their maximum potential, across racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and other groups;
Commitment and plan to actively engage undergraduate students in the classroom;
Plan and commitment to effectively teach undergraduate biochemistry including integration of chemical and biological approaches and the ability to contribute to the chemistry curriculum;
Demonstrated capacity to establish an independent research program at Gustavus Adolphus College in biochemistry or a related field;
Commitment to mentoring undergraduate students in research; and
Application Procedures: To apply, visit https://gustavus.edu/jobs and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:
Letter of application addressing interest in the position and qualifications for the major/essential functions;
A brief (up to 2 pages) statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion addressing the following three prompts:
Describe your past experience(s) and/or future strategies for promoting an equitable climate for students from diverse backgrounds in teaching and/or research environments.
Explain what you learned in your experiences and how they shaped your perspectives, behaviors, and actions about and toward others.
Describe ways you have or will work toward creating equity in your department, institution, or community.
A brief (up to 3 pages) teaching statement;
A brief (up to 3 pages) statement of research plan that involves undergraduates;
Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.
For full consideration, applications must be received by October 5, 2020. While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.
Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.
Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will actively contribute to our efforts to celebrate cultural and intellectual richness and be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education. We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in heritage and pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA), residential, national liberal arts college of 2200 students.