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Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Biology (Faculty)

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University of Detroit Mercy
Tenure-Track Assistant or Associate Professor in Biology (Faculty)
Detroit, MI Biology
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FT Faculty UDMPU (12 months)

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at the University of Detroit Mercy College of Engineering & Science invites candidates to apply for a full-time tenure-track faculty position. The hired candidates will start on August 16, 2023. Detroit Mercy is dedicated to the goal of improving access and success for a diverse and inclusive community.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, experience, and service that they can contribute to the Mission of the University and this goal. 

As a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI), we offer small classes and close collegial relationships. The College’s faculty, form a vibrant community of teaching scholars with a strong focus on student-centered teaching, and professional and academic mentorship of students. We are particularly interested in candidates who would contribute to our efforts to provide support and opportunities for historically minoritized students to pursue research careers in biology and related areas. These efforts are currently being supported by a BUILD grant from the National Institutes of Health (https://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/research/rebuildetroit.php ).

The Biology department at Detroit Mercy includes thirteen full-time faculty who engage in scientific research, mentorship, and student advising for students within the College of Engineering and Science and the College of Health Professions. The department serves approximately 600 undergraduate Biology majors as well as Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Chemistry, and Biochemistry majors. The Biology department also provides accelerated and early assurance programs in cooperation with the Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, the Detroit Mercy Physician Assistant graduate program, and Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

A successful candidate would be one that has a strong interest in implementing best practices in teaching pedagogy including evidence-based teaching and assessment strategies. In addition, we seek a collaborative educator who is also an enthusiastic teacher-scholar committed to supporting the diverse population of undergraduate students. The candidate should have a proposed research agenda geared towards engaging undergraduate students. Candidates are expected to pursue external funding, disseminate results in refereed publications and conferences, and mentor undergraduate students in the laboratory. While the specific area of research focus is broad, the ability to engage undergraduate students in research is essential.

Teaching responsibilities will include teaching Genetics, a senior capstone writing-intensive course, and upper-level courses based on the area of expertise that complements or expands current offerings in the department. Some of these courses may include biostatistics, microbiology, evolution, physiology, or human genetics. 



Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or terminal degree in the biological sciences  with a focus on genetics or specialty of subdiscipline at the time of      appointment
  • Experience teaching undergraduate-level college courses or relevant instructional involvement/exposure. 
  • Experience with research and scholarly activity including a record of scholarship that demonstrates the pursuit of external funding and disseminating results in refereed publications and conferences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Postdoctoral training (or equivalent)
  • Experience with evidence-based teaching strategies for a diverse student body that meet course learning outcomes.
  • Commitment to service of the  department, college, university, and community in alignment with the mission of the university 
  • Commitment to student-centered mentoring and advising.
  • Experience working with undergraduate students in the laboratory.  
  • Commitment to students’ holistic development, including encouraging students to reflect and engage with biology/science in a broader social context.  

Salary/Pay Information 

Commensurate with experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Candidates should apply by completing an application and uploading materials at https://udmercy.peopleadmin.com/ .
Materials must include:

  • a detailed cover letter describing the ways your background addresses the required and preferred qualifications. 
  • a one-page teaching philosophy statement. 
  • a one-page statement of your  research plans that specifically address the inclusion of undergraduate students;
  • a one-page diversity statement describing your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and  justice, 
  • a complete curriculum  vitae, 
  • the names and contact information of three professional references. Please do not include any letters of recommendation—they will be requested for all semi-finalists.
  • To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by March 31, 2023. Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed after the full consideration date until the positions are filled.

    Michigan’s largest, most comprehensive private University, the University of Detroit Mercy is an independent Catholic institution of higher education sponsored by the Religious Sisters of Mercy and Society of Jesus. The university seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to the University’s mission, diversity, and excellence of its academic community. The University of Detroit Mercy is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer with a diverse student body and welcomes persons of all backgrounds.

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