Assistant Professor of Instruction, Microbiology/Immunology

Department & Position Summary

The Department of Biology has one of the largest degree programs on campus as well as serving in a general education/service capacity.  We offer bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Biomedical Science, a Master of Science degree, and a Doctoral degree in Integrated Biosciences.  Currently, Biology has 13 tenure track professors and one Visiting Assistant Professors.  Research programs in our department include biomimicry, cellular/molecular biology, comparative anatomy, ecology/evolution, microbiology, neurobiology, physiology, and systematics.  We currently have >600 undergraduates pursuing degrees in Biology and ~40 graduate students, primarily in the PhD program.

We seek a Microbiologist with an interest in innovative and inclusive teaching practices.  This faculty member will teach courses in Microbiology for majors and non-majors, Medical Microbiology, and Immunology.  There is opportunity for additional course development in their area of expertise; the position may also support teaching of core courses within the majors. This faculty member will support our DEI efforts through inclusive teaching practices that cultivate cultural awareness and support meaningful and accessible learning for all students with the goal of closing equity gaps and promoting the success of all students.


Ability to teach in the area of Microbiology and Immunology at both undergraduate and graduate level, as well as potentially contributing to core courses for undergraduate biology/biomedical sciences majors. The successful applicant will teach critical courses, including Microbiology and Immunology, within the Biology and Biomedical Sciences bachelor’s degree programs as well as supporting graduate teaching efforts. The successful applicant will develop courses at the undergraduate and/or graduate level that challenge our students’ perspectives and enhances the experience of our biology and/or biomedical sciences students. This position will support our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts through inclusive and evidence-based teaching practices that cultivate cultural awareness and support meaningful and accessible learning for all students with the goal of closing equity gaps and promoting the success of all students. 

Teaching should show potential to reach into underserved communities, such as our local urban school systems in Akron and Northeast Ohio.

Required Qualifications

We seek to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of The University of Akron through teaching, scholarship, service, and collaboration. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Microbiology or other related areas. Applicants should demonstrate interest in inclusive teaching practices and evidence-based pedagogy.

Preferred Qualifications

This hire would support education in our biology and pre-health majors, graduate education in the Integrated Bioscience PhD program, and potentially reach into the underserved communities in our local urban school systems in Akron and Northeast Ohio. Applicants with demonstrated teaching effectiveness and experience as the primary instructor of record are preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation for this position is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Akron offers a competitive total compensation package comprised of a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits for eligible employees including medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, and paid leave of absences including time off for illness, vacation, and maternity or paternity leave. In addition, eligible employees and their dependents are provided tuition remission. All staff, contract professionals, and eligible non-bargaining unit faculty have the option to request a Flexible Work Arrangement (FWA). The University of Akron participates in state retirement systems and offers alternative retirement options with competitive employer contributions. Optional investment opportunities are available including deferred compensation programs (403(b) and 457(b)). Please visit our benefits home page for more information.

Application Instructions             

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Job ID # 14029

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach a curriculum vitae, teaching statement that covers teaching philosophy, experience, impact, and innovation. and a list of three professional references to your profile. Please include contact information, including email addresses for your professional references.

As an urban research university in a diverse locale, the University of Akron is committed to advancing diversity goals within the community writ large. As such, we ask that candidates also submit a maximum one-page Contributions to Diversity’ Statement. In this statement we ask that you speak to your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion, your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research, and your experience working with underrepresented populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations in your profession and/or community life.

After submission of your application, return to the “My Activities” link and upload the required documents to your profile under the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with reference to the minimum and preferred qualifications.  This is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based.  A curriculum vitae will not be accepted in place of any information requested on the application.  For assistance with your application or attachments please call Kelly McIntire in Human Resources at (330) 972-6547.

Application Deadline

Review of applicants will begin April 10, 2023. 


The Department of Biology at The University of Akron invites applications for an academic year (9-month) non-tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Instruction. This search is part of an effort to assemble a cohort of teacher-scholars who will offer a strong contribution to the diversity and excellence of UA through teaching, scholarship, service and collaboration.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. For complete information on this position, please visit the University of Akron’s Career page. 

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