Assistant Professor, Organismal BIology

Posted on November 16, 2023
Expires: December 15, 2023

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Mary Washington invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) to begin August 2024. The department seeks a broadly trained organismal biologist, with a preference for expertise in the morphological, taxonomic, and/or ecological diversity of terrestrial animals. The appointee will teach upper-division courses in their area of expertise (e.g., chordate anatomy, entomology, plant-animal interactions), research design and biostatistics, and introductory biology. The ability to develop and teach additional courses that support each of our three majors is also desirable. Furthermore, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to effective teaching in an inclusive environment which embraces diverse talents and backgrounds.

The appointee will be expected to develop an original research program and inquiry-based courses that involve undergraduates at all levels of the research process. Internal funding for faculty development and summer research are available to enhance the research opportunities for faculty and students. The department recently moved into updated laboratory and teaching facilities in the renovated Jepson Science Center, which is well-equipped to support our teaching and research missions. Our location permits easy access to a wide variety of natural areas, some university-owned, for potential field sites.

UMW is a public liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to high-impact learning for undergraduates. The Department of Biological Sciences offers majors in biology, conservation biology, and biomedical sciences, and supports other major programs in chemistry, biochemistry, and environmental science, along with minors in biology, neuroscience, and environmental sustainability. Recently recognized as a “Great College to Work For” by the Chronicle of Higher Education, UMW is centrally located between Washington, DC, and Richmond, VA. Fredericksburg is close to many government labs, non-profit organizations, and private businesses offering opportunities for collaborative research and student internships.

The appointee can look forward to joining a faculty of 14 who are committed to research which engages undergraduate students. This appointment is for an annual 9-month contract, with a teaching load of 12 credit hours per semester. Continuing professional development and participation in departmental and college-wide service are expected. Completion of the Ph.D. is required by August 15, 2024. Complete applications will include a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, statement of research interests that would involve undergraduates, unofficial transcripts, and names of three references. Review of applications will begin Dec 15, 2023. To apply, please visit: Please contact the search chair, Brad Lamphere (, if you have questions about applying.


The University of Mary Washington is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to these core principles.

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