Position:                   Assistant Professor of Plant Biology

Department:           Department of Biology

Reports to:               Department of Biology Chairperson

FLSA Status:           Exempt


The Department of Biology seeks applicants for a full-­time, tenure-­track faculty position with teaching and research interests in plant ecology to begin August 2018. The department seeks an individual who enjoys and is committed to excellence in undergraduate instruction, and is passionate about mentoring undergraduate students in the execution of authentic, quality, biological research. The research equipment and facilities at William Jewell College exceed that typically found at small, liberal arts colleges, and support exceptional opportunities for faculty and student research.


  • Ph.D. in Biology/Ecology/Evolution
  • Experience teaching inquiry-­based biology courses
  • A high aptitude for and interest in undergraduate teaching, including a desire to develop and engage in innovative pedagogical approaches
  • A passion for authentic, peer-­reviewed, biological research, and for mentorship of undergraduates in that research
  • A willingness to contribute to the college mission as described in the mission statement (see below).

Duties and Responsibilities

The faculty member will be expected to contribute to individually and team-­taught, introductory and upper-­ division courses in ecological, evolutionary, and organismal biology. Teaching duties in the Department of Biology and in contribution to the core program in Critical Thought and Inquiry will include the following, spread across a two-­year teaching cycle:

  • Introductory Evolution and Ecology Lecture and Labs
  • Upper division Ecology Lecture and Lab
  • Plant Biology Lecture and Lab
  • Introductory Biological Diversity Lecture and Labs
  • Ethnobotany

The faculty member will also be expected to establish an active, undergraduate-­driven research program involving (but not necessarily limited to) investigation of questions at the level of plant population ecology.

Application Procedure

Candidates must submit the following documents in PDF or MS Word format via email to jobs@william.jewell.edu.

  • Letter of application and curriculum vitae
  • William Jewell College application
  • Response to the College mission and philosophy, including statement of how the candidate will foster diversity and inclusion on our campus
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and promise of future excellence
  • Research statement detailing plans for future research and describing effective use of undergraduate researchers. Though plans for research at remote field sites are acceptable, the successful candidate must demonstrate a willingness and an ability to mentor students in local field or greenhouse research.
  • Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (copies are acceptable until finalists are selected)
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation will be requested for finalists, and sent via email to jobs@william.jewell.edu

Applicants who need accommodation for the application or interview process, please make such accommodation request in advance to the Office of Human Resources.

William Jewell College

500 College Hill Box 1017

Liberty, MO 64068

(816) 415-­6904


Review of applications will begin November 3, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

All final candidates will be required to successfully pass a criminal background check prior to beginning employment.

Our Mission: William Jewell College promises students an outstanding liberal arts education that cultivates leadership, service, and spiritual growth within a community inspired by Christian ideals and committed to open, rigorous intellectual pursuits.

Our Philosophy: We are critical thinkers in community pursuing meaningful lives.

William Jewell College is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal.

William Jewell College is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.