Fixed-Term Instructor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology Lab Coordinator #001184

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, NC

ID: 7051481
Posted: May 16, 2018

Job Description

Position Summary
The Department of Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a 9 – month fixed term Instructor of Molecular Biology and Microbiology Lab Coordinator for Fall 2018.
Responsibilities will include teaching laboratory courses in genetics, cell and molecular biology, and forensic biology and lectures in areas appropriate for the successful applicant’s expertise and experience. Coordination of the microbiology lab curriculum and materials (BIOL 313 and 413) will be part of the assigned job duties of the successful applicant and will involve ordering teaching materials, training lab assistants, and maintaining lab equipment and teaching space. Service responsibilities will include academic advising and other departmental or higher service will be welcomed.

Carnegie statement
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
Minimum Qualifications
Candidates must have at least a Master’s degree in Biology and have teaching experience in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, and/or forensic biology at the college level. Candidates must have at least a Master’s degree prior to the hire date and the degree must be from an appropriately accredited institution.

Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated organizational skills and experience in extensive laboratory techniques. Experience in teaching college-level courses in cellular and molecular biology, microbiology, and forensic science is also preferred.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week
Number of Months Per Year 9
Posting Text
Open Date 05/16/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application must be made online – attach: 1) a CV highlighting experiences; 2) an application letter; 3) a list of references (include complete contact information), 4) unofficial transcripts and 5) teaching philosophy. For questions or additional information, please contact Dr. Sean O’Connell at 828-227-2203. Review will begin immediately and continue until filled.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

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Credential Verification
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
Cover Letter/Letter of Application
Curriculum Vitae
Unofficial Transcripts
Teaching Philosophy
List of references
Optional Documents
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