Assistant Professor of Biology (Vertebrate Physiology)

Position ID: 38477
Georgia College and State University
Arts & Sciences
Biological & Environmental Sciences
Position Description
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Assistant Professor
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Position Information


Business Title Assistant Professor of Biology (Vertebrate Physiology)
Home Department Biological & Environmental Sciences
Employment Type Tenure Track Faculty
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time
Appointment Faculty (10-month)
Time Limited? No
Time-Limited Appointment Length Not Applicable
Work Schedule

Typically a Monday – Friday work week, with the potential for occasional commitments after hours and weekends.

Work Hours per week 40
Travel Required? N
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

There are two undergraduate majors within the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. We currently have 26 full time faculty members in the department with about 440 undergraduate biology majors, 100 environmental science majors, and an M.S. program in biology with approximately 30 students pursuing thesis and non-thesis degrees. For more information about the department visit us at

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university’s main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking. We strive for excellence in the classroom and beyond. We nurture collaborative leadership and global citizenship. We value reason, respect and responsibility.

Georgia College seeks faculty and administrators who understand and embrace our public liberal arts mission and are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarship and service. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non‐majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

Georgia College is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative-Action Institution committed to cultural, racial, and multi-ethnic communities and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that successful candidates share in this commitment.

Primary Purpose of Position

We seek a specialist in vertebrate physiology with expertise in cellular and molecular techniques or bioinformatics. The primary teaching responsibility will be vertebrate physiology, with other teaching opportunities including core curriculum (non-majors) and lower level biology courses for majors as well as upper level undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Teaching responsibilities will include 12 contact hours/semester.

The candidate will be expected to develop an independent research program, to include undergraduate and graduate students in the research, especially students interested in biomedical careers. Faculty are expected to mentor students in presentation and publication. Travel for professional development purposes is expected.

We seek a highly trained individual who is committed to liberal arts education, can demonstrate excellence in teaching and research, possesses the ability and commitment to work with a culturally diverse student, faculty and staff population, and who is willing to collaborate with other faculty in research, curriculum development and other areas of faculty responsibility.

This tenure track position will begin in August 2018.

Key Functions and Related Job Duties


Key Function Faculty - Teaching/Instructing
Job duties performed for the above function

Ability to teach introductory biology courses, and contribute to the core curriculum and upper division courses in area of specialization (e.g. vertebrate physiology at the cellular and molecular level).

Key Function Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity
Job duties performed for the above function

Ability to develop an independent research program.
Ability to engage undergraduates and graduates in research; produce research in forms such as
– Publications
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress

Key Function Faculty - Service to Institution
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to provide service to the institution at the department, college and university-level. Service might include
– Committee memberships and offices
– Programs directed and advised
– Participation in special programs or projects
– Other service in the institution

Key Function Faculty - Professional Development
Job duties performed for the above function

Faculty are expected to actively participate and develop in their field of expertise. The following are among the kinds of activities that are considered professional development:
– Publications (editing, citations)
– Presentations at professional meetings
– Current work in circulation or in progress
– Grants received or applied for
– Membership and participation in professional organizations
—Honing teaching skills; exploring new pedagogies
– Other professional service or development activities

Other Duties and Responsibilities


Other Duties and Responsibilities

Department chairs may assign other duties and responsibilities as needed.

Equal Opportunity Statement

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College.

Minimum Requirements


Proposed Minimum Experience/Education

• Ph.D. (ABD with Ph.D. completed by August 1st, 2018 will be considered) in Biological Sciences or related field.
• Research experience (demonstrated by publication record).
• Undergraduate teaching experience.
• Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( (faculty credentials))

Other Job Requirements

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Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

• We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach vertebrate physiology at the cellular and molecular level as well other upper division courses in their area of specialization.
• Molecular and cell biological approaches in research are desirable.
• Ability to teach bioinformatics and use in research is a plus.
• At least one year of experience teaching college-level courses.
• The department is especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Posting Detail Information


Posting Number F0151
Desired Start Date 08/01/2018
Open Date 07/14/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions Summary

Review of applications is ongoing, and will continue until the position is filled.

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Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Physiology, General
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