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Moravian College: Vertebrate Biologist

(posted 2019-10-09)

The Department of Biological Sciences at Moravian College invites applications for a tenure track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position beginning Fall 2020. Applicants must have their Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

We are looking for a vertebrate biologist whose expertise complements that of current members of the department. Areas of particular interest could include comparative anatomy, development, behavior, and/or evolutionary biology but all appropriate areas will be considered.

Success as a faculty member at Moravian is evaluated on the basis of teaching, scholarship, and service. Willingness to work collaboratively with faculty and to mentor students from a variety of disciplines, diverse cultures, socioeconomic and academic backgrounds is important. Applicants who provide strong evidence pointing to their ability to flourish in a small college environment will be seriously considered.

Teaching is paramount at Moravian. Each semester, faculty in the sciences typically teach two lecture courses (3 hours each per week) and two laboratory sections (3 hours each per week).

The new faculty hire will be responsible for teaching
• a 200-level course in zoology
• a 300-level course in vertebrate anatomy
• an upper-level course in the area of the applicant's specialty
• Other courses depending on college and department needs and the candidate’s interests; these might include an upper level seminar course, a portion of the introductory sequence for biology majors, or a non-majors course

Scholarship at Moravian is evaluated in many ways, but carrying out research with undergraduates is critical. Moravian offers several opportunities for students to participate in research: SOAR, Honors, and Independent Study. The research statement should explicitly address how undergraduates will be able to participate in the applicant's research program.

Moravian is a member of LVAIC (the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges); this is a consortium of 6 colleges all located in the Lehigh Valley, and consists of Cedar Crest College, DeSales University, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, and Muhlenberg College. The proximity of so many institutions of higher education offers numerous research collaboration possibilities. Startup funding is available for this position.

Service to the institution takes a variety of forms, including committee participation and student advising. We are looking for scholars and teachers who will actively contribute to both their discipline and the broader intellectual community at Moravian.

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests, and unofficial copies of graduate transcripts. Please combine all documents into a single PDF and send to:

Attn: Dr. Cecilia Fox, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences

Review of completed applications will begin on October 18, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Selected candidates will be asked to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness, undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of reference by November 1st.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Cecilia Fox at 610-861-1426 or at