Position Details

Assistant Professor of Biology - Microbiology

Please Note: All Virginia Wesleyan University employees, including primary contract services, are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. A copy of an individual's vaccination card or certificate will be required upon employment.

Virginia Wesleyan University invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology position specializing in microbiology to begin in August 2023. Candidates should have an earned Ph.D. by the start of employment and post-doctoral and/or university level teaching experience is preferred. The successful candidate will have excellent teaching skills fostering student learning from diverse backgrounds and will be expected to teach our 200-level Microbiology for Health Sciences (with lab), 400-level Microbiology (with lab), and 200-level Genetics (with lab) annually. There may be opportunities to develop an additional course. The candidate will also demonstrate a tenable research plan that includes participation and training of undergraduates.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit, electronically (as a single PDF):

1) a cover letter
2) curriculum vitae with contact information for three professional references
3) statement of teaching philosophy
4) statement of research interests
5) a statement on experience teaching students from diverse backgrounds
6) transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this point) and then arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Human Resources, at employment@vwu.edu.

A review of applications will begin on September 30, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be addressed to Dr. Eric Johnson, ejohnson@vwu.edu.

About Virginia Wesleyan University

Virginia Wesleyan University is Coastal Virginia's premier university of the liberal arts and sciences. Situated on a 300-acre park-like campus in Virginia Beach, the University annually enrolls approximately 1,600 students in undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Musical Arts, and Bachelor of Social Work with 42 majors, 32 minors, and 19 pre-professional tracks. Graduate degrees include a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Education, and Master of Arts in Education. Students thrive in average class sizes of 15 and through the University's experiential learning, high-impact leadership, and career-development programs. An inclusive community dedicated to scholarship and service grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Virginia Wesleyan University inspires students to build meaningful lives through engagement in Coastal Virginia's dynamic metropolitan region, the nation, and the world.


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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Virginia Wesleyan University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants are considered on the basis of skills, experience, and qualifications without regard to race, religion, color, creed, gender, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, covered veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, the presence of non-job-related medical disability, or any other legally protected status.