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Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Zoology – Tenure Track

Randolph College, founded in 1891 as Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, is a traditional small liberal arts college with a longstanding reputation for excellence in teaching located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia.

We are committed to educating the campus community about issues of diversity. The campus promotes the freedom of thought and opinion in the spirit of mutual respect. Our campus community is enriched through programs, activities, and interactions by celebrating our uniqueness as well as our commonalities. We actively promote anti-racism and a community of care.

As a liberal arts institution firmly rooted in a tradition of a life more abundant and in the value of education as freedom for all, we are positioned to heed the current call of righting historic silences and the continuous work of equity management in our operations, academic programs, and support services. We are charged to serve the community around us, enhance the community within our walls, and build a community poised for our future. We are searching for a dynamic team member informed by inclusive pedagogical practices to meet the needs of our growing diverse student population.

Proposed Rank/Hiring Title:  Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Zoology – Tenure Track

Department:  Biological Sciences

Job Summary:  The Department of Biological Sciences at Randolph College is an integrative biology department that emphasizes evolution across our curriculum. The department consists of six faculty and a full-time laboratory technician. Members of the department have access to teaching and research lab space, a vivarium, the Randolph College Natural History and Archaeology Collections, and multiple college-owned nature preserves.

The Department of Biological Sciences is seeking faculty to teach introductory biology, zoology and zoology laboratory, animal behavior and animal behavior laboratory, upper-level zoology courses with associated laboratories in the candidate’s area of expertise, biology senior seminar, and other courses depending on the needs of the department and College. The tenure-track zoologist is expected to develop and maintain an active research program that includes undergraduate students and is commensurate with the needs and resources of the department. Service to the institution, including undergraduate academic advising and committee work, is also expected.

Essential Functions:

  • Typical teaching load is three courses per semester.
  • Work closely with other instructors and special programs and services within the college to determine placements, curriculum, and academic support.
  • Participate in course development, assessment, accreditation, and planning activities.
  • Participate in appropriate departmental meetings and recruitment activities; serve on committees.
  • Serve as an academic adviser for first year undergraduate students and biology majors.
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate strong understanding and commitment to the college mission.
  • Meet other obligations as spelled out in the Randolph College faculty employment letter.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in biological sciences (with specialization in zoology, animal behavior, or a related field) completed by August 2022.
  • Evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction.
  • Evidence of active research and scholarship in zoology, animal behavior, or a related field.
  • Ability to teach courses in zoology and animal behavior, with an emphasis on evolutionary biology.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate students who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience creating inclusive classrooms, and with social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion with respect to race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or other identities in an academic setting.

Open Date:  2021-10-07

Close Date:

Open Until Filled:  Yes

Application Review Begins on:  November 1, 2021.  Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be contacted by email.

Hiring Salary:  $55,000-$64,260

Physical Demands: Normal classroom and laboratory physical demands.

Working Conditions: Classroom and laboratory teaching environment.

Special Instructions to Applicants:  To apply, please send the following materials to

  1. A cover letter addressing all position responsibilities and qualifications;
  2. A current curriculum vitae;
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy that includes evidence of teaching effectiveness and describes experience creating and maintaining an inclusive learning environment;
  4. A statement of research interests and accomplishments;
  5. An unofficial graduate transcript (official transcript required for employment);
  6. Names and contact information of three professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

EEO Statement:  Randolph College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing our community and encourages applications from qualified individuals with varied backgrounds, experiences and ideas who would increase the diversity of the College.




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