Instructional Assistant Professor or Instructor


University, MS, US, 38677

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

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Position Description

The Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi invites applicants for two full-time, 9-month, promotion-eligible, non-tenure track Instructor or Instructional Assistant Professor positions. 


Position 1: The successful candidate will be a member of a team involved in teaching both laboratory and lecture for the two introductory biology courses and associated laboratories for majors. The successful candidate will help with managing, training, and evaluating graduate teaching assistants and will work with the team to modify laboratory and lecture curricula to emphasize and implement evidence-based inclusive teaching practices. 


Position 2: The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating and teaching laboratories for courses in microbiology and other allied health-related fields, and collaborating with faculty instructors to develop new and innovative laboratory exercises. The successful candidate will ensure that laboratory equipment and supplies are properly maintained and prepared and y will train and manage teaching assistants, evaluate their performance, and provide feedback. 


Successful candidates will also participate in the academic advising of undergraduate biology majors and provide departmental service. They will join a collaborative faculty committed to teaching and research, including discipline-based education research.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must hold at least a Masters degree in Biology or a related field.


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

Applications must be submitted online ( and should include: (1) a cover letter outlining interest, suitability for the position, and indicate which position (or both) they are applying for, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-4 page teaching and diversity statement, including their teaching philosophy, examples of innovative teaching practices and active learning with an emphasis on laboratory activities, and examples of teaching practices that promote diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and (4) the names and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The appointment is expected to begin August 2024. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Patrick Curtis (

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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