Visiting Assistant Professor: Biological Sciences

North Dakota State University   Fargo, ND   Full-time     Education
Posted on July 3, 2024
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Visiting Assistant Professor: Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for a 9-month non-tenure-track position to begin service on 16 August 2024.

Description & Details:

The Department of Biological Sciences at NDSU is accepting applications for a visiting assistant professor. This will be a nine-month, non-tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level to begin fall 2024. We are seeking candidates who have experience using active learning and learner-centered approaches to teaching. Candidates must have a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to the biological sciences and relevant teaching experience. Successful candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semester at the undergraduate level. Specific courses taught will be determined based on expertise and experience, as well as the needs of the department. The position is 100 % teaching.

Advertised Salary:


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must have: 1) completed a Ph.D. from an accredited institution in a discipline appropriate to the biological sciences; 2) relevant teaching experience as an instructor of record; 3) evidence of a commitment to teaching and student learning at the undergraduate level; 4) Effective oral and written communication skills; 5) ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues and students.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with 1) experience teaching multiple types of courses; 2) experience using active learning techniques; 3) experience teaching Anatomy and Physiology Courses; 4) experience teaching general education biology courses; 5) experience teaching wildlife ecology and management; 6) a strong commitment to equity and inclusion in the classroom; and 7) a commitment to diversity.

Applicant Materials Required

Application materials include: a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a two-page statement of teaching interests and philosophy; and contact information (including telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) for three professional references. All application materials must be submitted electronically.

Review of applications will begin June 4, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be sent to .


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include: wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include: supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us:

The Department of Biological Sciences has 16 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 4 teaching faculty, and offers BA/BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees. There are more than 360 undergraduate and 50 graduate students enrolled in its programs. Undergraduate degrees are offered in biological sciences and biological sciences education. Graduate degrees are offered in biology, and the department also participates in several interdisciplinary graduate programs: Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environment and Conservation Sciences, Genomics and Bioinformatics, Natural Resource Management, and STEM Education. See

No Smoking Notice :

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Diversity Statement:

NDSU strives to be a community of belonging, recognizing unique differences as strengths of our university. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce that supports a community in which diverse populations and perspectives will know and learn from one another. NDSU values candidates who are committed to our core values of respect, inclusivity, community, creativity, excellence, impact, innovation, integrity, resilience, responsiveness, and transformation. Successful candidates will be committed to and help advance our strategic goal to create and maintain an open and respectful environment to promote inclusivity and diversity as a cornerstone of education, research, and outreach. Women & traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.

Reasonable Accommodation Information

North Dakota State University is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education, and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, please contact Human Resources at 701-231-8961 or .

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region. (see ).