Assistant Professor of Biology (Ecologist)


Website Howard Payne University


Howard Payne University does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, gender (except where gender is a bona fide occupational qualification), age, veteran status, disability or genetic information.  Background investigations will be conducted. The University is a “Drug Free Workplace.”  Applicants and employees may be required to take a drug and alcohol test at any time.

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Biology (Ecologist)

Department: Biological Sciences

Reports To: Dr. Kristen Hutchins, Department Chair

FLSA Status: Exempt, Full-Time Prepared By:   Dr. Kristen Hutchins

Prepared Date:  January 19, 2022

Approved By:  Katrina Lynn, Director of Human Resources

Approved Date:  January 21, 2022

Expectation and Condition of Employment – Howard Payne University, a church-related institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, seeks to employ evangelical Christians who are dedicated to teaching and service as they model the principles of the Christian faith and the University’s sincere religious beliefs.

Howard Payne University (hereafter, University) is committed to the integration of learning and Christian faith in the pursuit of truth. Employees are expected to embrace the Christian Mission Statement and Core Values of the University and must support the University’s affirmation of traditional Christian and Baptist beliefs by leading lives of service through active involvement in Christian activities both on campus and through a local church.

Mission Statement – Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

Core Values of Howard Payne University – Seeking to engage the life of the mind and the life of the Spirit, Howard Payne University affirms that:

  • God is the loving creator of all things and the author of all truth;
  • Because God is the author of all truth, open inquiry is an act of intellect and of faith and is to be wholly embraced;
  • Because open inquiry is an act of intellect and of faith, such efforts must proceed from rigorous academic standards and genuine commitment to Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord;
  • For open inquiry to contain rigorous academic standards and genuine Christian commitment, there must be at all times a supportive learning environment that affirms human dignity for all as created in the image of God; and
  • Committing oneself to the teachings of Jesus will result in Christ-centered, God-honoring and humanity-serving life choices characterized by honesty, integrity, healthy lifestyles and personal responsibility.

As a condition of employment, employees agree to be paid by Direct Deposit.

Job Summary:  The successful candidate will manage biology courses (primarily related to ecology), teach biology lectures and prepare syllabi, prepare for and teach labs as assigned, promote and mentor undergraduate biology student research projects, and contribute in other ways to support the university.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Keep office hours
  2. Creating, administering, and grading assignments and exams
  3. Academic advising as well as vocational guidance as needed
  4. Advising students in their senior research projects
  5. Adhering to lab safety standards
  6. Engaging regularly in professional development activities related to assigned roles and responsibilities
  7. Participating in and supporting the activities of the department, school, and university
  8. Supporting a liberal arts education
  9. Serving the university, community, and a church

Supervisory Responsibilities: This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

Required Competencies:  To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Integration of Faith in the Classroom – Displays a proven record of integrating Faith into his/her discipline and the willingness to continue doing so in a manner consistent with the University’s Mission Statement and Core Values
  2. Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information, collects and researches data, uses intuition and experience to complement data, designs work flows and procedures
  3. Design – Generates creative solutions, translates concepts and information into images, uses feedback to modify designs, applies design principles, and demonstrates attention to detail
  4. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner, gathers and analyzes information skillfully, develops alternative solutions, works well problem solving as part of a group, uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  5. Technical Skills – Assesses their own strengths and weaknesses, pursues training and development opportunities, and strives to build knowledge and skills continuously, shares expertise with others
  6. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict without blaming others, consistently maintains confidentiality, listens to others without interrupting them, keeps their emotions under control, remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things
  7. Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, demonstrates effective group presentation skills, participates actively in meetings
  8. Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively, edits their work for correct spelling and grammar, varies their writing style as needed, presents numerical data effectively, is able to read and interpret written information effectively
  9. Teamwork – Balances the needs of the team and individual responsibilities effectively, exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit, puts the success of the team above their own interests, is able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives, supports everyone’s efforts to succeed
  10. Change Management – Develops workable implementation plans, communicates changes effectively, builds commitment and overcomes resistance effectively, prepares and supports those affected by change, monitors transition and evaluates results
  11. Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality, demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness
  12. Cost Consciousness – Works within their approved budget, develops and implements cost saving measures, conserves University resources
  13. Ethics – Treats everyone with respect, keeps commitments, inspires others to trust them, works with integrity and ethically, upholds the University’s Mission Statement and Core Values
  14. University Support – Follows policies and procedures consistently, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, supports the University’s Mission Statement and Core Values, Benefits the University through external community and professional activities, supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  15. Professional Development – Is involved in on-going professional development activities to remain current in his/her chosen teaching discipline
  16. Safety and Security – Observes University safety and security policies and procedures, determines appropriate actions beyond guidelines, reports potentially unsafe conditions, uses equipment and materials properly
  17. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time, ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent, arrives at meetings and appointments on time
  18. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds effectively to their supervisor’s direction. Takes responsibility for their own actions and keeps commitments. Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan
  19. Structure and Planning – Structures courses and prioritizes and plans lectures and classroom activities to give students the best opportunity for learning and critical thinking, uses time efficiently and organizes and schedules student’s tasks appropriately, develops realistic action plans for students
  20. Professionalism – Approaches students in a respectful and tactful manner. Reacts well under pressure and treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position, accepts responsibility for own actions and follows through on commitments
  21. Creativity – Displays original thinking and creativity, develops partnerships with external constituents to provide students with learning experiences outside the classroom, develops innovative approaches and ideas and presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention
  22. Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity, meets challenges with resourcefulness and generates suggestions for improving work, develops innovative approaches and ideas and presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention

Qualifications – To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities listed above satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  1. Education and/or Experience – Master’s degree or equivalent; or 4 or to 10 years of directly related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. D. in Biology or sub-discipline preferred, ABD will be considered as will 18 hours of graduate-level biology with teaching experience
  2. Language Skills – Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community.  Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format.  Ability to effectively present information to University trustees, administration, other employees and/or the public
  3. Math Skills – Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations and permutations. Ability to apply mathematical operations to such tasks as frequency distribution, determination of test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis
  4. Reasoning Ability – Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations; graphs, musical notes, etc.) in its most difficult phases.  Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables
  5. Computer Skills – To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a good working knowledge of Blackboard Database software; commonly used Internet browsers and Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook software
  6. License – The employee must be at least 21 years of age and maintain a valid Texas driver’s license in order to drive any vehicle, including their personal vehicle, on behalf of the This position may require employee to drive a vehicle, including their personal vehicle or university vehicle/van to attend or take students to professional meetings
  7. Physical Demands – The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the Essential Duties and Responsibilities. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and depth perception
  8. Work Environment – The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock. The employee is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals used to clean and/or renovate buildings and maintain the grounds of the University.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

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