Assistant Professor of Biology
Valparaiso University, located in northwestern Indiana, invites applications from broadly trained biologists for a
tenure-track Assistant Professorship, beginning academic year 2012-2013. Candidates who are dedicated to
excellence in undergraduate teaching with diverse backgrounds in biology that complement existing
departmental strengths are encouraged to apply. Teaching responsibilities include laboratory instruction and
coordination in anatomy and physiology, an intermediate or upper level course for majors in the applicant’s
field of expertise, a general education biology course for non-majors, and other laboratory instruction as needed.
A teaching load of 12 contact hours per semester is required. The successful applicant is expected to establish a
research program and mentor undergraduate research students.
The Department of Biology is staffed with eight Ph.D.-level, full-time faculty members, an M.S.-level
laboratory coordinator/instructor, and a lab technician. Currently, the department has approximately 160
undergraduate biology majors; the department also serves students in the Colleges of Nursing and Engineering.
Valparaiso University has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. The University is located 1 hour southeast of Chicago
and is within a short drive of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan. The department is
housed in the Neils Science Center. For further information about the Department of Biology, please refer
online to http://www.valpo.edu/biology.
Candidates for this position should possess a Ph.D. in a field of biological science and have a strong interest in
undergraduate teaching. Some prior teaching experience is preferred, as is post-doctoral work. Salary will be
commensurate with qualifications and experience. Candidates should be interested in working at a university
engaged in issues in Christian higher education in the Lutheran tradition. Women and minorities are encouraged
to apply. Review of applications will begin on November 5, 2011, and continue until a suitable candidate is
identified. Curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy,
and a research plan should be sent to:
Dr. David W. Scupham,
Chair, Biology Department
Neils Science Center
1610 Campus Drive East
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493
Valparaiso University does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and
experiences to help constitute a diverse community. Its entire EOE policy can be found at
http://www.valpo.edu/equalopportunity/index.php. Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to
cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds.