Faculty Position in Biology


Website Union University

Job Summary

Tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology. Teaching responsibilities include Anatomy courses to a wide variety of students, from graduate Pharmacy and Nursing students to undergraduate Biology and Nursing students. Experience in histology and an interest in participating in our plastination facility is preferred. Ability to teach other courses in our curriculum would be helpful. Candidate must also demonstrate a willingness to mentor undergraduate students in suitable ongoing research projects.

Reports to:      Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, Chair for the Department of Biology

Supervises:     N/A

Essential Job Functions

  1. Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Human Gross Anatomy, and others as assigned. Union has one of the few plastination facilities in the country, so we anticipate that the candidate will be involved with this facility.
  2. Design and deliver class instruction through the development of instructional plans to meet course competencies, the development of activities that support lesson objectives and the development of critical thinking skills.
  3. Facilitate/guide the progress of students toward achievement of course and program outcomes. Plan clear course outcomes. Assess records related to evaluation of student outcomes and course grades.
  4. Demonstrate a willingness to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in ongoing research projects. Opportunities exist for intra- and interdepartmental collaborations.
  5. Participate on university committees as assigned. Participate in program planning and School/Department standing and ad hoc committees as designated by the Dean.
  6. Participate in professional organizations and scholarly activities. Attend professional meetings, workshops, and/or conventions.
  7. Assist with Pre-Registration and Registration as necessary.
  8. Maintain effective interpersonal relationships with full and part-time faculty, staff, and all other persons having a direct impact on the program.
  9. Maintain regular office hours for student accessibility.


Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in an appropriate Biology-related discipline.  Candidates who are ABD at the time of hiring will be expected to complete the terminal degree soon after arrival. Preference will be given to applicants with previous college-level teaching experience. Ideal candidate would have a strong background in Human Anatomy.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:  Content required to teach courses in Human Anatomy, and others as assigned. Research strategies and approaches that will lead to research projects involving undergraduate and potentially graduate students are required.

Skills in: Developing, planning, and implementing effective learning strategies and instructional methods that reach students of all learning styles, creating an engaging learning environment, effective and persuasive communication through all mediums with excellence in written, verbal, presentational, and interpersonal communication techniques, critical thinking, social perceptiveness, advising/monitoring student progress, active listening, reading comprehension, logical time and schedule management, organizational astuteness, competent office-related computer skills, and general managing processes.

Ability to: Prioritize assignments, work independently, meet deadlines, work effectively with diverse groups of individuals, manage multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced academic setting, problem-solve, interpret and communicate general university policies and procedures, exhibit a high degree of professionalism, utilize computer technology effectively and efficiently, learn student information systems and departmental software, navigate databases and other computer programs, produce information and  well-organized written and presentational communication, work collaboratively with students and other faculty in order to achieve desired objectives, and anticipate needs and act proactively to assist in the completion of tasks.

 Physical Requirements

The work performed by this position is of a general office/laboratory nature.  It requires the ability to operate a computer and communicate on the telephone and in writing.  Work performed does require some walking on campus, extended periods of time sitting and standing, and some daily instances of bending, stooping, and carrying items up to 25 pounds. Anatomy courses or research may require additional physical demands appropriate for the situation, such as the movement, transfer, and positioning of cadavers.

The above description is not intended to be an “all-inclusive” list of the duties and responsibilities of the job described nor are they intended to be a complete listing of the skills and abilities required to do the job.  Rather, they are intended only to describe the general nature of the job.  The incumbent in this position is expected to perform other duties as assigned.

To apply for this job email your details to lpatterson@uu.edu