Assistant Professor - Biological Sciences - 13502

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The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters & Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of anatomy/physiology/related fields beginning August 2018. This is a full-time position with responsibilities for teaching undergraduate courses in human anatomy, human & animal physiology, and others, research, and service to the university and community. Research expertise should complement existing faculty expertise.


The successful candidate will be able to teach Human Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Physiology, and additional courses (these may include courses for majors or minors, including a course in the specialty of the applicant.) The candidate will also be expected to pursue an active research agenda that engages undergraduate students, results in publications and contributes to advancing the department, university, the profession, and society. The candidate will also be expected to participate in service activities and embrace the principles of diversity and inclusion as a member of the university community.


Ph.D. in biology is required. [ABD candidates may apply but must have their degree completed by the contract start date in August 2018; if not, they will be hired on a one-year contract with the understanding that their degree will be completed before January 2019 in advance of their first scheduled review.] Demonstrated excellence in and commitment to teaching with an emphasis on promoting the success of undergraduate students, clear evidence of scholarly productivity and potential, and commitment to working with diverse populations and serving as active member of the university community. We are particularly interested in candidates with training and interest in pedagogical methods that enhance success and retention of a diverse student body. Salary is commensurate with academic preparation and experience.


Full-Time teaching responsibilities include Animal Physiology and Human Anatomy & Physiology courses. Other teaching responsibilities are expected, and may include major or non-major courses, including an advanced course in the specialty of the applicant to complement that of current faculty. Research expectations include development of an active research program in area of expertise, publication of research papers, and pursuit of extramural research funding as needed. Faculty members serve as advisors and mentors to students and are expected to engage students in undergraduate research. Service responsibilities include committee service at the departmental, college, and university levels as well as participation in community organizations as relevant to the candidate’s expertise and interest. Faculty at UW-W may be required to teach online and/or in a hybrid format, or courses in the evenings. Faculty may also elect to teach New Student Seminar or University Learning Communities, or participate in other programs geared toward improving to student success.


The UWW Department of Biological Sciences includes 20 faculty and 4 academic staff. The department boasts nearly 600 majors and a thriving undergraduate research program. http://www.uww.edu/cls/departments/biology 


UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-W is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-W is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of university design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-W is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.


The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

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UW-Whitewater embraces the teacher-scholar model. New faculty are provided with additional resources to ensure a strong start in their teaching and research activities. A first-year professional development program is also provided to all new faculty, including participation in ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices (http://acue.org). UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).


Complete applications received by November 09, 2017 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in phone and/or online screening interviews and/or on campus interviews.

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Anneke Lisberg, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, (262) 472-1092, biology@uww.edu 


Complete applications will include online submission of the following materials:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy;
  • Statement of research interests & plan;
  • Curriculum Vita;
  • Copies of unofficial graduate transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if offered the position);
  • Three current letters of recommendation emailed to biology@uww.edu with “LOR-applicant_name” in subject heading.
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