Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

  • Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Medicine & Dentistry

Job Description

The Assistant/Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology is responsible for developing a foundational medical microbiology and immunology curriculum, which integrates multiple basic science fields in team-based, large, and small group, learning environments, involving active learning tools and modalities. He/She will demonstrate experience and expertise in the field that ensures the integration of scientifically based, outcome evaluated knowledge and skills, biomedical sciences, provide service to the university and professional communities and engage in innovative scholarship and research to advance medical knowledge. Appointments at the Associate or Professor level will depend on previous experience.


  • Direct the education and instruction of students including fostering and cultivating the overall learning environment by mentoring students in educational endeavors that encompass research, scholarly activity, classroom instruction, active learning groups, and laboratory experience.
  • Participate in the assessment and evaluation of students and provide feedback and remedial assistance to ensure that the students meet the standards established by the faculty and college and obtain the knowledge, skills and competency required.
  • Participate in curriculum development, assessment and modification as part of the college's ongoing quality improvement and assessment program.
  • Demonstrate an ability to work as a group leader and group member; team player.
  • Maintain office hours for student advising, tutoring, remediation, consultation as specified.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and willingness to assist the college in fulfilling its mission and vision through teaching or other professional endeavors, and actively participate in service.
  • Demonstrate and role model an ongoing ability to work cooperatively with colleagues, supervisors and support staff.
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in all aspects of personal and professional actions and performance.
  • Maintain an ongoing personal and professional development portfolio, including documentation of teaching, professional development activities and plans, service provided to college and communities, scholarly activity and research to assure personal growth, and continued competency with specialty field of medical microbiology.
  • Maintain membership, in good standing, in one's primary field of training (DO, MD or PhD), as well as in scientific societies in the fields of microbiology and immunology.
  • Advance the perceived value of and output of research and scholarly activity among the faculty and students through leadership, mentorship and participation.
  • Participate in preparation of grant proposals and academic evaluative reports as required.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Chair of Immunology, Microbiology and Pharmacology or his/her designee.


Education and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Terminal degree (PhD) in microbiology/immunology or closely related field
  • Two years (2), academic experience as a full-time faculty member at a College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Allopathic Medicine, College of Health or Allied Sciences.
  • Successful teaching experience as an instructor or course coordinator/director of microbiology and immunology at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Sustained productivity and contribution (e.g. presentations, publications, patents, etc.) to a relevant professional field.
  • Possess skill necessary to contribute to the advancement of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pharmacology.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Post-doctoral experience in a microbiology /immunology research setting.
  • Three to five (3-5) years academic experience as a full-time faculty member at a College of Osteopathic Medicine, College of Allopathic Medicine, College of Health or Allied Sciences.
  • Excellent leadership and administrative skills, established track record of mentorship, and experience in medical and/or graduate education.
  • Experience in the development and the delivery of lectures for courses in foundational medical microbiology and immunology.
  • Experience in team-based learning approaches to instruction.
  • Demonstrated achievement(s) integrating the basic sciences from research or educational endeavors.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Must have experience in the delivery of medical microbiology and immunology content in the classroom through a variety of modalities.
  • Passion to mentor and motivate students and peers.
  • Willingness to learn new approaches for content delivery and their implementation.


Communication and Comprehension

ACHE is in full compliance with American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and does not discriminate with regard to applicants or employees with disabilities and will make reasonable accommodation when necessary. The following are essential abilities and physical requirements for all positions at the college.

  • Ability to orally communicate effectively with others.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with colleagues and supervisory staffs at all levels.
  • Ability to understand oral and written information, using the English language, and organize thoughts and ideas into effective forms of communication.
  • Ability to make decisions which range from moderate to a significant impact on the immediate work environment, as well as outside contributors.
  • Possess public communication skills that allow professional representation of ACHE to a variety of business and community customers and associates.
  • Strong organizational skills.

Problem Solving

  • Intuitively able to reason, analyze information and events, and apply judgment in order to solve problems of both a routine and complex nature.
  • Expertise in negotiation.
  • Experience with scholarly publication and research.

Physical and Sensory Abilities

  • May be exposed to short, intermittent, and/or prolonged periods of sitting and/or standing in performance of job duties.
  • May be required to accomplish job duties using various types of equipment/supplies to include, but not limited to pens, pencils, calculators, computer keyboards, telephone, etc.
  • May be required to transport oneself to other campus offices, conference rooms, and on occasion, to off-campus sites to attend meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • May require significant travel or work away from campus.
  • Requires attendance at events representing ACHE both within as well as outside of the college setting.
  • Frequently required to work at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations.
  • Frequently required to see for purposes of reading matter.
  • Frequently required to hear and understand speech at normal levels.
  • Occasionally required to lift items in a normal office environment.
  • Frequently required to operate office and presentation equipment.
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