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Assistant Professor of Biology - Evolutionary Biologist / Plant Biology

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Position Information

Job Title Assistant Professor of Biology - Evolutionary Biologist / Plant Biology
Classification Title
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Job Description

The Department of Biology at Rhodes College seeks qualified applicants for a tenure-track faculty position to begin in August of 2018. The Department invites candidates who can contribute to the goal of diversifying our faculty. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and must have a background and expertise in both evolutionary and plant biology. Applicants should have a commitment to teaching undergraduates as well as to maintaining an active research program that engages undergraduate students. Teaching responsibilities will include five lectures/labs per year (labs count as a full teaching involvement). Normal teaching responsibilities will include an upper-level Evolution course plus a role in the introductory biology course sequence. Other teaching opportunities include senior seminar, a course for non-science majors, or an additional course in the candidate’s area of specialty. Of particular interest are courses in plant biology. We encourage applications from individuals whose interests go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Please apply online at Completed applications will include a letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research plan, a curriculum vitae, copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Please address in your cover letter your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. Review of completed applications will begin September 22, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates from backgrounds typically underrepresented in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. The online application system will solicit letters of recommendation electronically from the candidate’s recommenders once their contact information has been entered by the candidate and all other required application materials have been submitted. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews.

For additional information regarding the position, please contact
Dr. Terry W. Hill, Chair of the Search Committee, at

Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate liberal arts college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision.

Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity ( in the workforce.

Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities.

Required Education

Candidates must have a Ph.D. and must have a background and expertise in both evolutionary and plant biology.

Required Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F00024P
Open Date 08/18/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Recruiter/Contact for Applicant Dr. Terry W. Hill
Contact Email for Applicant
Contact Number for Applicant 901-843-3555

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you learn of this employment opportunity?
    • Commercial Appeal
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Facebook
    • Higher Education Recruiting Consortium (HERC)
    • Indeed
    • Minority Faculty Academic Database (MFAD)
    • Monster
    • Rhodes College website
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Twitter
    • Referral – Friend
    • Referral – Rhodes Employee
    • Walk-in
    • OT-Other
  2. * What is your highest degree level attained?
    • GED or High School Diploma
    • Associate's Degree
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Master's Degree
    • J.D.
    • Ed. D.
    • Ph. D.

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy Statement
  4. Statement of Research Interests
  5. Unofficial Transcript 1
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcript 2
  2. Unofficial Transcript 3