Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Governors State University
  • 1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484
  • Oct 24, 2019
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

Position Information


Position Type Visiting Professor
Classification Title Visiting Assistant Professor
Position's Functional Title Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Position Start Date 01/01/2020
Position End Date (if temporary) 08/21/2020
Position Summary

Governors State University seeks nominations and applications for full-time, non-tenure track visiting professor position in the undergraduate Biology and graduate Environmental Biology, Management and Policy programs in the Division of Science, Mathematics and Technology; College of Arts and Sciences. The position is available January 2020 or until filled. This position has potential for renewal and extension for AY20/21. The preferred candidate should demonstrate strong potential to assist with the development and delivery of upper division biology courses for Biology majors including Biology Junior Seminar, Senior Capstone: Evolution, Plant Diversity lecture and laboratory and graduate coursework including Experimental Design for the Natural Sciences. In addition, the candidate may contribute by teaching a course in her/his area of expertise and by possibly mentoring research at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Biology program offers bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Biology-Teacher Education, and a master’s degree in Environmental Biology, Policy and Management. Successful applicants will have an earned Ph.D. in the biological sciences; candidates in ABD status will be considered. Governors State University, a minority-serving institution with a long history of serving non-traditional students, is actively seeking diverse candidates who match the student profile, and who have experience working with non-traditional and diverse student populations.

Governors State University is the only regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving approximately 5,000 students annually. GSU provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate education to culturally and economically diverse students. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. Founded in 1969, GSU underwent major transition in 2014 to become a residential institution, accepting first-year students, transfer and graduate students. The university has an ambitious five-year Academic Master Plan, greatly expanding current programs. GSU is implementing a state-of-the-art General Education program and working to greatly expand student academic and support services to foster student and community engagement. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic plan, Vision 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s high academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasing hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative freshman program promotes writing across the curriculum and other strategies that make our undergraduate coursework come alive: ethics, citizenship, innovative thinking. Every freshman class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities, and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

The exceptionally beautiful campus is conveniently located within easy reach by road and rail to Chicago and surrounding communities that have a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Biology or related fields. An ABD at the final stages of dissertation writing will be considered.

Teaching skills/experience at college level.

Possess current knowledge in the field of Biology.

Preferred Qualifications  
Posting Date 09/23/2019
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Open Until Filled Yes
Posting Number FA0301P
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