Instructional Assistant Professor or Instructor


Oxford, MS, US, 38655

Department:  Biology (10000832)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Position Description


The Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi (UM) is seeking multiple Instructional Assistant Professors (IAP) or Instructors who will be responsible for teaching general education biology courses to non-science majors within a team of instructional faculty. Beginning in August 2024, courses will be taught in a blended lecture-lab format in technology-enabled active learning (TEAL) classrooms designed for 90 students in the Jim and Thomas Duff Center for Science and Technology Innovation, a new STEM teaching facility. These faculty will also participate in the academic advising of undergraduate biology majors, participate in recruiting events, and provide departmental faculty service. This is a nine-month academic year, non-tenure track appointment, with promotion possibilities. IAP/Instructor contracts are subject to renewal on an annual basis. 

UM's Department of Biology is a broad-based department that consists of 22 tenure-track and 13 instructional faculty, who educate over 800 undergraduate biology majors and 53 graduate students (PhD and MS) ( Construction of a new $175M STEM education facility on campus is nearing completion and will foster interdisciplinary opportunities to fulfill our commitment to inclusive excellence in biology education. The University of Mississippi and the Department of Biology are committed to building an inclusive and diverse university community (Pathway to equity plan:
Job Responsibilities:


  • The successful candidate will be responsible for instruction of non-majors courses and will be expected to advise undergraduate biology majors, participate in recruiting events, and provide departmental faculty service.  

Minimum Qualifications


  • Applicants must have either a Ph.D. (preferred, for Instructional Assistant Professor) or an M.S. degree (for Instructor) in Biology or a related field, experience teaching biology courses for non-majors and demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical innovation and inclusivity in the classroom. 

Application Procedures


Applications must be submitted online ( and should include: (1) cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a brief (two pages or less) teaching statement, which includes experience and teaching interests, (4) a 1-2 page diversity statement addressing approaches to promoting inclusivity in the classroom. During the online application process, applicants will be prompted to list the names and email addresses of three professional references that will provide letters of recommendation. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Carla Carr, ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until an adequate applicant pool is established. The appointment is expected to begin January or August 2024.

Position Details

Appointment (9 Month)

Assignment Type (Non-Tenure Track)

Application Procedures

Combine the documents into two individual documents and utilize the "cover letter" and "resume" upload feature.

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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