Instructional Faculty (Open Rank)


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 a full time, 9-month open rank, promotion-eligible Instructional Faculty position. Rank of appointment (Assistant, Associate, Full) will be commensurate with experience and credentials. Teaching responsibilities include required and elective courses in biology with an emphasis on Introductory Cell Biology, Immunology, and Cell and Molecular Biology. The successful candidate will also participate in the academic advising of undergraduate biology majors, participate in recruiting events, and provide departmental service. The successful candidate will join a collaborative faculty committed to teaching and research, including discipline-based education research. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biology or related field and demonstrate a history of innovative teaching practice.


The University of Mississippi is a Carnegie-Designated R1 Highest Research University located in Oxford, Mississippi, a college town known for its outstanding educational and cultural opportunities. The Department of Biology is a broad-based department that consists of 22 tenured and tenure-track faculty, 13 instructional faculty, and educates over 800 undergraduate biology majors and 53 graduate students (PhD and MS) ( Construction of a new $175M STEM education facility on campus is underway that 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: The University of Mississippi has been repeatedly recognized by the Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For.” The Department of Biology recognizes the importance of building a diverse faculty and welcomes applicants from groups underrepresented in science.


Application Procedures


Applications must be submitted online ( and should include: (1) a cover letter outlining interest and suitability for the position, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 2-page statement of teaching experience, pedagogical practices and innovations in the classroom, and course interests, (4) a 1-page diversity statement addressing approaches to promote inclusivity in the classroom, (5) 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 January or August 2024. Questions about the position may be addressed to the search committee chair Dr. Christopher Leary (

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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