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Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences – One year contract Zoology

The Department of Biological Sciences at Randolph College seeks applicants for a full-time, one-year visiting assistant professor position in zoology and animal behavior to begin in August of 2020. 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. More information about our department can be found here:

Primary responsibilities

The teaching load is four courses per semester and will include introductory biology, zoology and zoology laboratory, animal behavior and animal behavior laboratory, and other courses depending on the needs of the department and College.  The successful candidate may also have an opportunity to create and teach courses in evolution, natural history, and/or their area of expertise. Establishment of a research program is not required for this position, but the visiting zoologist will be able to conduct research that utilizes the department’s established resources.

Required qualifications

  • Ph.D. in biological sciences (with specialization in animal behavior and/or zoology) completed by August 2020.
  • Evidence of demonstrated excellence in undergraduate instruction.
  • Evidence of active research and scholarship in animal behavior and/or zoology.
  • Ability to teach courses in zoology and animal behavior, with an emphasis on evolutionary biology.
  • A commitment to inclusive undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts setting.

How to apply

Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2019.  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, (4) a statement of research interests and accomplishments, (5) an unofficial graduate transcript (official transcript required for employment), and (6) the names and contact information of three professional references. Candidates chosen to be interviewed will be contacted by e-mail. At Randolph College, we believe we will grow stronger with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. We value the many experiences diversity brings to the community. We are particularly interested in candidates that enrich diversity of our campus. Randolph College is an EOE M/F/D/V employer.

About Randolph College

Located in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia, 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 and an appreciation for and commitment to diversity.

Randolph College values the benefits of its diversity. 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. This commitment to diversity links programs and services that support the distinctiveness of individuals regardless of racial and ethnic backgrounds, physical and cognitive abilities, family status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, and religious and spiritual values. An essential feature of this community is an environment in which all students, faculty, administrators, and staff are able to study and work free from bias and harassment. Such an environment contributes to the growth and development of each member of the community.

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