Assistant Professor of Biology, Adams State University

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Assistant Professor of Biology - Tenure Track

Starting Date

August 2018

Position Description

Tenure-track position for a broadly-trained animal physiologist to join a vigorous faculty

committed to excellence in undergraduate education. Responsibilities include teaching lower

and upper-division lecture and laboratory courses in animal physiology, anatomy, and the

candidate’s area of specialization. The ability to teach upper division courses in one or more

of the following areas is highly desirable: parasitology, invertebrate zoology, entomology, or

evolution. In addition, the individual will share departmental responsibilities with five other

full-time Biology faculty, advise students, serve on campus committees, and participate in

General Biology and general education science courses commensurate with the needs of the

Department. Teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester with the opportunity for research

involving undergraduate students.

Candidates should demonstrate that they possess (1) a commitment to student-centered

instruction, mentoring, and advising, (2) a commitment to furthering the university’s mission

of Inclusive Excellence, (3) the potential to maintain a pattern of scholarly activity that is

commensurate with level of experience. The successful candidate must demonstrate the

ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students

within the Biology and Earth Science department and across campus. A mentoring program,

professional travel opportunities, and summer teaching stipends are available for faculty.

Minimum Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Biology with a broad background in animal physiology; ABD


Preference will be given to applicants who possess/demonstrate

Experience teaching at the undergraduate level, using a variety of delivery methods

Experience with undergraduate laboratory instruction and research

Demonstrated commitment to achieving excellence in teaching and advising


Proficiency with physiology data collection software such as BioPac

Evidence of scholarly activity and potential for continued scholarly growth

Experience with outreach to the K12 community

Evidence of valuing equity, treating cultural and linguistic diversity as assets, and

promoting inclusiveness

Departmental and Campus Information

The Biology program offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Cellular and Molecular Biology,

Organismal Biology, and Wildlife Biology as well as Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biology

(Liberal Arts and Secondary Education). The Biology faculty enjoy a collaborative

environment and have university-wide support to further the vision of educating diverse


Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan

mountain ranges in Alamosa, Colorado, Adams State University is a state-supported

Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The vast San Luis Valley is designated the Sangre de

Cristo National Heritage Area ( We are, at 7500 feet, in the largest

alpine valley in the United States. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver,

1.5 hours from Taos, NM, and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. Alamosa has a population of

9500 with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, affordable housing,

and is in an area where the opportunities for outdoor recreation abound. ASU takes a leading

role in local theatre performances and musical events.

The university is dedicated to fostering Inclusive Excellence. Given the university’s mission

and student body composition, the department is committed to increasing its faculty diversity

and is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences, skills, and/or personal

attributes that reflect perspectives not represented by our current faculty; we will give

particular consideration to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings,

or who possess varied language skills, have a record of research that supports diverse

communities, or have a record of teaching a diverse student population. Additional

information about the university and the department may be found at

Salary and Benefits

Salary is $42,000 to $46,000 (9-month academic year contract), commensurate with

experience. Adams State University offers excellent medical/dental and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Completed applications must include the following:

1. Letter of application addressing the following points:

• applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position, with reference to the

above criteria

• interest in specific courses mentioned in the position description

• examples of how the applicant would work in a multi-cultural classroom and

university setting and contribute to the mission and vision of ASU

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Transcripts of all college work (legible copies accepted). Official transcripts and

background check are required at time of appointment.

4. A list of five professional references (name, affiliation, email address, and phone

number) who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the position. References

will not be contacted immediately but may be asked for a written or verbal evaluation

of the candidate at subsequent points in the review process.

Materials should be submitted as pdf documents to Dr. Benita Brink, Chair of the Department of

Biology and Earth Sciences at

Completed applications received prior to December 31, 2017 will receive full consideration.

An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

In compliance with the Immigration Control Act of 1986, candidates for positions must

provide proof of eligibility to work before an offer of employment can be made final.

Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications

are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability and, as covered

by law, veteran status. In addition, college policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of

religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, marital status, and parental status.

Background Check Policy

Adams State University is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for its

students, faculty, staff and visitors, and to protecting its funds, property and other assets.

Well-informed hiring decisions contribute to this effort. Therefore, Adams State University

has adopted a policy on background screening for its prospective, continuing, and returning

employees as well as students in certain circumstances. Offers of employment will be

contingent upon the completion of an acceptable background check. The information

received in response to a background check will be treated as confidential, to the extent

provided for by law.