Assistant or Associate Professor of Biology or Biomedicine
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Main Campus - Harrisonburg, VA
PhD or Other Terminal Degree
Assistant Professor of Biology

Assistant Professor of Biology

Eastern Mennonite University, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, seeks to hire a multidisciplinary cohort of faculty to advance the university’s strategic goals for inclusive excellence, striving to be more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply. As a vibrant university renowned for its peace and justice emphases, EMU is dedicated to enhancing racial justice and social change, and we provide opportunities for faculty collaboration across disciplines and communities. Candidates must have a strong commitment to high quality teaching and be enthusiastic about mentoring and advising students, particularly those from underrepresented/ underserved populations. In addition to teaching excellence, successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to scholarship and to service, both on and off campus. More details about EMU’s cohort hiring initiative are available at this link.

POSITION: Fulltime, tenure-track, open rank, Assistant Professor preferred in the Biology and Biomedicine programs with a focus on a systems-level understanding of human biology.

QUALIFICATIONS: Broadly-trained Ph.D. with an interest in interdisciplinary collaboration; evidence of scholarship and a research program that can involve students. Teaching experience and/or post-doctoral work experience preferred. Ideally, this experience would include teaching at the college/university level and use of participatory, engaged pedagogical practices. Candidates with expertise in Human Anatomy, Physiology, Molecular Biology and/or Neurobiology are preferred.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate expertise for teaching one or more of the following courses: Cadaver-based Anatomy, Physiology, Bioinformatics, Neurobiology, and Molecular/Cellular Biology. Teaching load will be determined based on candidate expertise and departmental needs. The Biology and Biomedicine programs emphasize open-ended, question-driven laboratory experiments, discussion of ethical and religious implications of biology and medicine, and research. The Biology department has an excellent record of success for alumni achieving admission to health sciences graduate and professional studies; thus we seek someone enthusiastic about mentoring students into health science careers. Applicants must have a strong commitment to serving and working within a community of diverse learners. 

POSITION DETAILS: Nine-month contract, 24 semester hours per year. Salary determined by education and experience. EMU uses a tenure with post-tenure review contract system. 

APPOINTMENT DATE: Positions begin August 15, 2022. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open. 

INQUIRIES: Application review began November 1, 2021; however, we will continue to review applications until the position is filled.  Select applicants will be asked to respond to questions relevant to EMU’s faith-based mission. The cover letter should include information on how the candidate’s experience will contribute to the university’s mission, especially its strategic goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Application materials, including cover letter, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and contact information for three professional references should be submitted here. Informal inquiries may be directed to Dr. Tara Kishbaugh, Dean of Sciences, Engineering, Art, and Nursing,

Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. EMU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

EMU seeks faculty who show promise of or have demonstrated 

  • teaching excellence in a Christian liberal arts environment,
  • a commitment to ongoing scholarship, and
  • familiarity with and respect for Anabaptist/Mennonite Christian faith practices.

EMU pursues creativity, innovation, and excellence in all educational programs and invites students to follow Christ’s call to witness faithfully, serve compassionately, and walk boldly in the way of nonviolence and peace.