University of the Pacific — Assistant Professor, Biology (Tenure Track)

Assistant Professor, Biology (Tenure Track)

Primary Purpose and Essential Functions:
The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of the Pacific invites applications for three (3) tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in Fall 2024. The Department of Biological Sciences is part of the College of the Pacific, the liberal arts core of the university. Our mission is to provide a superior, student-centered learning experience integrating liberal arts and professional education and preparing individuals for lasting achievement and responsible leadership in their careers and communities. The College of the Pacific is located in Stockton, California, named as the most racially and ethnically diverse big city in the United States in a 2020 US News & World Special Report. Pacific has a diverse student body not because of race-based admissions policies, but because we have created a community that is safe, welcoming, and inviting for students of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religions, and socioeconomic levels.

Tenure-track and tenured faculty members engage in in-person teaching; scholarly and artistic endeavors; and provide professional and university service in accordance with their school bylaws and university policy.

Teaching duties: two courses each semester and may include coordinating a teaching laboratory. Teaching responsibilities could be various combinations of courses depending on the candidate’s background and areas of interest. Greatest current teaching needs include:

  • General Biology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Physiology
  • Histology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Techniques

Area of research specialization is open. Candidates are expected to develop a laboratory-based research program that engages both undergraduate and master’s students throughout the academic year. Additionally, candidates are expected to actively pursue extramural funding.University of the Pacific recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the success of our valued students and employees. We prioritize policy and decision-making that demonstrates awareness of, and responsiveness to, the ways socio-cultural forces related to race, gender, ability, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. impede or propel students, faculty, and staff.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in biology, or a closely related field, prior to the start date.
  • Demonstrated potential for sustained high-quality teaching.
  • High quality and current publication record in area of research interest.
  • Enthusiasm for working with a diverse student body.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interest and ability in teaching a breadth of biology courses, with preference for courses listed above.
  • Previous experience mentoring undergraduate and/or master’s students.
  • Research program that complements current programs in the department.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.
  • Experience and sensitivity in working with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing social justice, equity, and inclusion in a university setting.
  • Ability to engage and integrate culturally responsive practices and knowledge in their work.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative but not definitive of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job requires extended periods of sitting and repetitive hand/wrist motion while using computer keyboard and phone. Occasional standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending, stooping and reaching. Occasional lifting up to twenty-five (25) pounds.

Work Environment/Work Week/Travel:
Schedule is dependent on department need.

Special Instructions:
Screening of applications will commence September 15, 2023, and continue until the positions are filled.

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University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability.



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