Assistant Professor of Biology - Plant Genetics / Biotechnology emphasis

Dixie State University

St. George, UT

ID: 7085592
Posted: September 17, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Position Announcement
The Department of Biological Sciences at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position, emphasizing in Biotechnology. This position will start Fall Semester or August 2022. The Biological Sciences department houses degree options for students in the fields of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, and Natural Sciences, with BS degrees in Bioinformatics and Biology Secondary Education as additional options. Additional information about the department, faculty, and program offerings can be found online at

Teach 24 credit hours of lower and/or upper division courses per academic year, plus provide institutional service as defined by University Policy and the College of Science, Engineering & Technology.
Teach courses in upper-division biology and biotechnology, specifically courses in genetics, plant genetics, plant tissue culture techniques and micropropagation to support a newly developed biotechnology program. Additionally, teach introductory biology and biotechnology courses in a rotation for freshman biology & biotechnology majors and non-majors. Responsibilities also include the opportunity to develop innovative, upper-level courses that compliment and diversify the department's offerings.
Work with Department Chair, Dean, Biotechnology program coordinator and other faculty in the Biological Sciences department on curriculum and program development.
Perform defined campus-wide duties, including holding office hours, attendance at department and division meetings, service on committees, outreach programs, and other responsibilities as defined by university policy.
Assist in mentoring, supervising, and assisting part-time instructors.
Perform other duties as assigned.
A PhD in Biology, with an emphasis in Plant Genetics/Biotechnology or a closely related field, required.
Successful teaching experience at the college or university level, ideally with experience using active learning models of instruction, required. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and those with a background in plant genetics, plant tissue culture techniques, micropropagation and biotechnology. Additional preference given to those with research experience with cannabinoids.
Ability to develop innovative curriculum and appropriate course content for face-to-face instruction, flipped, hybrid, and online instruction; willingness to teach evening and summer courses, when needed.
Demonstrated ability to work well with other faculty, staff, and students and contribute to a collegial environment. Candidates should respect students and colleagues from all backgrounds, and should be an advocate for women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in sciences.
Ability to communicate clearly with students, staff, and colleagues orally and in writing.
Demonstrated ability to continually learn new skills, tools, and practices that are adopted by the professional and academic communities.
Ability to contribute to interdisciplinary curricular and scholarly activities within the department, the College of Science, Engineering & Technology, and the University.
Be strongly committed to the teacher-scholar model, maintaining high-quality teaching while also supporting research involving highly motivated undergraduates.
Supplemental Information
POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2022, with pay & benefits starting July 1, 2022. Annual base salary of $54,000 - $56,000, depending upon qualifications & experience; additional compensation available for summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents, etc. See under "Benefits Summary" for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins October 18, 2021; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (approximately one page, single-spaced, about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all of the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities in order to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.