Assistant Professor of Vertebrate Biology

Coe College invites applications from dynamic, student-centered individuals for a full- time tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology to begin August 2023.


Primary responsibilities include 

Teaching responsibilities will include lectures and associated labs in introductory biology courses, upper-level human anatomy, and an upper-level biology elective in the candidate’s area of expertise. The department is looking for candidates with experience that will complement current departmental strengths. Potential areas may include, but are not limited to, evolutionary biology, histology, vertebrate biology or morphology. Occasional teaching in the First Year Seminar program is also expected. The normal course load typically includes two lecture courses and two labs per semester. Non-teaching responsibilities include student-faculty research, student advising, prospective student recruitment, and committee work.  

Required & Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in the biological sciences required
  • Research in vertebrate biology and teaching experience in anatomy preferred
  • Postdoctoral experience preferred
  • Ability to demonstrate a commitment to excellent teaching, including the use of inclusive pedagogies along with strong mentoring and academic support of diverse undergraduate student populations
  • Active research agenda that can be modified for undergraduate research, a publication record in appropriate scientific journals in the candidate’s field of expertise and previous experience working with undergraduates preferred

The Department is interested in applicants who will complement our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness among students and faculty, and who will enhance and expand the expertise and experiences represented in the department.

Department profile  

The Department of Biology offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with potential additional emphasis in environmental science, molecular biology or neuroscience. The major has been expanding in the past five years and we graduate approximately 50 undergraduate biology majors per year, making it one of the largest majors on campus. The department also offers courses in service for the college’s nursing and kinesiology programs, as well as for general education. There are 7 full-time and two part-time faculty with expertise in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as a laboratory manager. Additional faculty and professionals in other departments within the College as well as other nearby institutions provide excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. A recently renovated building (Peterson Hall) is shared with the chemistry and physics departments and contains space for coursework and the College’s natural history collections. The department houses modern laboratory space that include dissection hoods, a greenhouse, and analytical and molecular equipment. The College’s off-site Wilderness Field Station is located about 12 miles north of Ely, Minnesota in the 2 ½ million-acre Superior National Forest on remote Low Lake. Groups paddle directly by canoe from the field station into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, expanding the field station "classroom." This area is part of the largest and most pristine wilderness area east of the Rocky Mountains.

Instructions to Applicants

Applications should include the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Research Summary or Plans
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Names and contact information for 3 references, at least one of which can speak to the candidate’s teaching experience and ability to work with undergraduate students. Letters may be requested at later stages of the interview process. 

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and priority review of application materials will be given to materials submitted by November 15th. Review of materials will continue until the position is filled.

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Coe is committed to fostering a multicultural environment and encourages applications from individuals who will help fulfill that goal. We value the input of multiple viewpoints and diverse perspectives and aim to create an academic community that is rich with cultural, social and intellectual diversity. Coe College is an equal opportunity employer.