Revised UMM job ad

This is the same ad I posted for a position in our biology department the other day, with one very significant difference — I had used the copy we’d put together before we got absolute final approval to fill the position, and once it was locked down, we changed the date.

Notice: We start screening applications on 22 October. If you’re interested, send in that application soon, soon, soon!

Assistant Professor of (Cell) Biology
University of Minnesota, Morris

The University of Minnesota, Morris seeks an individual committed to excellence in undergraduate education to fill a tenure-track position in biology beginning August 15, 2011. Responsibilities include: teaching undergraduate biology courses including a sophomore-level cell biology course, an upper-level genetics elective course, an elective in the applicant’s area of expertise, and other courses that support the biology program; advising undergraduates; conducting research that could involve undergraduates; and sharing in the governance and advancement of the biology program, the division, and the campus.

Candidates must hold or expect to receive a Ph.D. in cell biology or a related field by August 15, 2011. An area of expertise of relevance to our pre-health professional students and complementary to existing faculty interests is preferred. These might include, but are not limited to: immunology, pathophysiology, cancer biology, bioinformatics, and cell signaling. Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching undergraduate biology is required. (Graduate TA experience is acceptable.)

The University of Minnesota, Morris is a residential public liberal arts college serving over 1800 students. As one of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, UMM is located 160 miles west of Minneapolis in the rural community of Morris, MN. The student body is talented, diverse and engaged. The Morris student body is one of the most ethnically diverse in the University of Minnesota system with 20% students of color (12% are American Indian students) and a growing international student population.

The college values diversity in its students, faculty, and staff. The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our community through their teaching, research, and /or service because we believe that diversity enriches the classroom and research experience at the University.

This tenure-track position carries all of the privileges and responsibilities of University of Minnesota faculty appointments. A sound retirement plan, excellent fringe benefits and a collegial atmosphere are among the benefits that accompany the position. Appointment will be at the Assistant Professor level for those having the Ph.D. in hand and at the Instructor level for those whose Ph.D. is pending. The standard teaching load is twenty credit hours per year.

Applications must include a letter of application, resume, transcripts, a teaching statement (in which teaching goals and methods are discussed), a research statement (proposing a research program that is viable at a small liberal arts college and accessible to undergraduates) and three letters of reference. Send applications to:

Biology Search Committee Chair
Division of Science and Mathematics
University of Minnesota, Morris
Morris, MN 56267-2128

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Screening begins October 22, 2010. Inquiries can be made to Ann Kolden, Executive Office and Administrative Specialist, at (320) 589-6301 or

The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To request disability accommodation or material in alternative formats contact: UMM Human Resources, (320)-589-6024, Room309, Behmler Hall, Morris, MN.