Assistant Professor of Biology

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

Job posting number: #7086647 (Ref:BSU27473)

Posted: October 6, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The successful candidate will be able to teach students from diverse backgrounds in introductory botany, plant taxonomy, aquatic botany, and have an active role in managing the BSU herbarium. The candidate should also be able to develop an externally funded research program that will advance the research opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students while complementing and collaborating with current faculty in the Department of Biology. 

The research program should focus on any aspect of botany related to the listed teaching responsibilities. Our field biology concentrations are unique among our peer institutions, and, accordingly, we are especially interested in individuals who can excite and motivate students from diverse backgrounds in field studies. Candidates with experience in native plant conservation, wetland studies and plant systematics are especially encouraged to apply.   
 
The strongest candidates will have a track record of teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate level and demonstrated evidence of outstanding scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and potential for external funding. 

The Department of Biology benefits from strong institutional support, promotes collaborations amongst faculty, and shares core research and teaching equipment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and belonging.  At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values and informs all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.  


The successful candidate will join the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in the newly constructed Foundational Sciences Building, which features collaborative space, a research library and computer labs, and cutting-edge teaching and research laboratories. https://www.bsu.edu/academics/collegesanddepartments/csh/news-events 

Job Function:

The successful candidate will be able to teach students from diverse backgrounds in introductory botany, plant taxonomy, aquatic botany, and have an active role in managing the BSU herbarium. The candidate should also be able to develop an externally funded research program that will advance the research opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students while complementing and collaborating with current faculty in the Department of Biology. 

The research program should focus on any aspect of botany related to the listed teaching responsibilities. Our field biology concentrations are unique among our peer institutions, and, accordingly, we are especially interested in individuals who can excite and motivate students from diverse backgrounds in field studies. Candidates with experience in native plant conservation, wetland studies and plant systematics are especially encouraged to apply.   
 
The strongest candidates will have a track record of teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate level and demonstrated evidence of outstanding scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and potential for external funding. 

The Department of Biology benefits from strong institutional support, promotes collaborations amongst faculty, and shares core research and teaching equipment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and belonging.  At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values and informs all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.  

Minimum Experience:

Earned doctorate in Botany, Biology or related field from an accredited college or university; commitment to excellence in teaching; and competency in current research concepts and approaches as demonstrated by a research statement, teaching statement and/or teaching evaluations; effective written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Experience:

Demonstrated teaching ability in biological science using diverse student-centered learning techniques; broad training in botany and systematics and evidence of scholarly activity, such as postdoctoral experience, publications, and successful procurement of external grants; established research agenda that complements existing departmental research programs; potential to increase the inclusion of more diverse undergraduate and graduate student researchers; and collaborative potential with existing faculty in the Department of Biology.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.


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Job posting number:#7086647 (Ref:BSU27473)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Ball State University
Muncie,Indiana
United States
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