Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences (Continuing Track)

University of Delaware

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Job No: 500475
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Newark
Categories: Biological Sciences, Full Time

Assistant Professor (Continuing Track) – Department of Biological Sciences

The Department of Biological Sciences ( at the University of Delaware (UD) invites applications for an assistant professor-level (continuing track) position in Biology, ( starting August 16, 2024. This position offers a strong, supportive setting for a teaching-intensive role in the environment of an active research department, with strengths in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of human diseases, developmental disorders and microbiology. The ideal candidate will have experience in teaching introductory to advanced biology classes to biology majors and non-majors with an emphasis on the core concepts in molecular and cellular biology. Additional expertise in developmental biology, immunology and/or organismal physiology is desirable. Successful applicants will share our vision for being a department that is nationally recognized for high-impact research and teaching, and demonstrate experience or interest in education research and informed pedagogy. We seek creative individuals who are eager to work in a collaborative educational environment, have demonstrated teaching excellence, have the drive to be leaders in their field, and are high-quality teachers who enthusiastically incorporate educational technology and evidence-based practices in their teaching, with an emphasis on incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in their instructional practice.


Candidates must have a doctoral or equivalent degree in biology or a related field, prior to appointment, a demonstration of teaching interest and excellence, and a commitment to teaching and to serving a diverse population. The ideal candidate will have experience as an instructor of record teaching the key concepts in molecular and cellular biology to biology (and other life science) majors, at the introductory to advanced levels. Additional expertise in developmental biology, immunology and/or organismal physiology with experience in teaching some or more of these concepts to upper-level students is preferred. Training and/or experience in discipline-based education research/scholarship of teaching and learning is desirable, but not necessary. Demonstrable commitment to mentoring and promoting a diverse student population is highly desirable.

The Continuing Track (CT) is UD’s full-time, continuing faculty line, similar to the tenure track. CT positions can focus on research and/or teaching; however, this position specifically has a focus on excellence in teaching. CT faculty enjoy contracts that increase in length over time and, like tenure-track faculty, receive full and generous benefits, including family-friendly benefits, as part of their compensation package. CT faculty with terminal degrees hold professorial rank and have a path to promotion up to full professor; CT faculty without terminal degrees are at the instructor rank and have a parallel path to promotion. All CT faculty earn sabbaticals, have opportunities to pursue research/scholarship, participate in shared governance, and hold academic leadership positions.

Primary responsibilities of this teaching-intensive position include teaching introductory to advanced courses, development of curriculum, coordination of lectures with associated laboratory sections, and administrative tasks. Typical workload over Fall and Spring is teaching several course sections per semester. Faculty are also expected to contribute to departmental committees that support department functions and academic programs, and to participate in contributions to departmental teaching and research workshops, retreats, seminars, etc. The position may additionally involve College and University service, discipline-based education research and advisement responsibilities. The successful candidate is primarily expected to excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse in regards to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES AT UD: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware ( is within the College of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1947, faculty in Biology have world class research and educational programs spanning a wide-variety of areas, with strengths in the molecular and cellular mechanisms of human diseases, developmental disorders and microbiology. UD Biology strives for an inclusive and equitable culture and has ambitious plans to continue growing the faculty, teaching and research space. The Department has outstanding facilities and support, including a vibrant collaborative research and teaching community, and consists of 33 faculty, a large undergraduate program with about 900 undergraduate biology majors, 200 minors, and a robust graduate program with about 100 graduate students in the MS/PhD programs. Undergraduates have opportunities to participate in peer-mentoring programs for courses, as well as in research experiences in laboratories, and are mentored by graduate students and faculty. The University offers a highly interactive multidisciplinary scientific and educational environment with the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTAL) and support from UD Academic Technology Services (ATS). We also enjoy close relationships and opportunities for community engagement within the State of Delaware.

The College of Arts and Sciences ( at the University of Delaware offers exceptional educational experiences including integrated instruction, research and public engagement. With 24 academic departments and more than 25 centers, programs and institutes, the College serves close to 7,000 undergraduate students and over 1,000 graduate students with CAS majors, but also every single University student through foundational course work. The College’s 600 faculty members emphasize the enduring value of an arts and science education and share a deep commitment to excellence in scholarship and all forms of creative and intellectual expression. The College has departments in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and features outstanding research and teaching facilities. Faculty and staff encourage and support innovative interdisciplinary collaborations and students engage local, national and global audiences through research and creative activity. With annual research expenditures of approximately $38 million and growing, the College currently houses several large, interdisciplinary grants with significant funding from the NIH and NSF.

The University of Delaware ( is one of the nation’s oldest institutions of higher education, combining tradition and innovation. The university recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the experience of its employees and in supporting its academic mission. We are committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds, and we strongly encourage applications from educators from under-represented groups. UD provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin on November 10, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references. References will be contacted for letters for candidates that have been invited for Zoom interviews. For additional information, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Christopher Trimby ([email protected]).

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Compensation packages are highly competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The UD benefits package ( is one of the best in the nation.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups. The University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

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