Assistant Professor or Instructor – Term Faculty – UMD Biology

University of Minnesota
July 20, 2021
Duluth, MN
Job Type


The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply. In-person interviews are suspended indefinitely and will be replaced by interviews in a virtual format. Thank you for your continued interest in working at the University of Minnesota.


Required Qualifications:
Master's Degree in the Biological Sciences or related field such as Botany, Zoology, Genetics, or any other sub-discipline of the biological sciences from a regionally accredited institution. Communication skills (oral and written) at university faculty level. Teaching experience at the university level is required. Must have demonstrated ability to teach/interact effectively with a diverse group of students including those students who traditionally have been underrepresented in the Biological Sciences or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications:
PhD in the Biological Sciences or related field such as Botany, Zoology, Genetics, or any other sub-discipline of the biological sciences from a regionally accredited institution. One year of university or college level teaching experience as lead instructor.

About the Job

The Department of Biology at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) invites applications for a non-tenure track (term) 9-month assistant professor or instructor position beginning
August 23, 2021 thru May 22, 2022.

Instruction of Biology Courses (90%): teach a non-majors biology course with a lab component (Biology and Society) and several sections of an upper division seminar course (Communication in Biology). In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to develop an upper division course in their field of expertise. Examples include a course focused on current events (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic) from an evolutionary perspective, the biology of climate change, or virology.

Other duties (10%): Hold office hours, attend weekly Departmental and occasional College meetings.

The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position, with or without notice.

About the Department

The UMD Biology Department is the largest academic program in the Swenson College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth, with over 750 undergraduate students, 50 active graduate students, and 18 full-time faculty members. For prospective undergraduates we offer B.S. degrees in Biology and Cell & Molecular Biology and a B.A. degree in Biology. We also serve students seeking the B.A.S. in Life Science Teaching, for perspective graduate students, the Integrated Biosciences graduate program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Biology faculty are actively involved in research supported by over $7 million in external grants. This allows us to offer all qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in faculty research.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, go to https://humanresources.umn. edu/jobs and search for job ID 339549. First,submit the application with cover letter and CV/resume in pdf format. Then, return to the "My Job Applications" page to attach the additional documents, also in pdf format. Complete applications include the online application, cover letter, and resume/CV, plus additional documents as follows: (1) names and contact information for three professional references and (2) a teaching statement that addresses the applicant's commitment to and experience fostering inclusion, equity, justice and diversity in higher education. Even if you provide this information within the application, you must also attach the requested additional documents. Please do not miss this important step in the application process. Applications missing any of these documents may not be reviewed.

Review of complete applications will begin March 29, 2021 and continue until filled.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate authorization to work in the United States at the University of Minnesota-Duluth by the start date. Final candidates may be asked to provide additional information.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact a University of Minnesota Access Consultant at 612-624-3316.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota 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 learn more about diversity at the U:

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Veterans and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Background Check Information

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

About the U of M

University of Minnesota, Duluth (UMD)

The University of Minnesota Duluth consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's" America's Best Colleges" issue. UMD is part of the University of Minnesota public university system and is the second largest research university within the U of M system. The Duluth Campus is affiliated with the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy and School of Medicine, and is home to the Natural Resources Research Institute, the Large Lakes Observatory, and the Advanced Materials Center. Duluth is also the site of a major US EPA Research Laboratory. UMD is considered a "mid-sized Masters intensive" regional comprehensive public university.

Overlooking Lake Superior, UMD provides an alternative to both large research and small liberal arts environments and attracts students looking for a personalized learning experience on a medium-sized campus of a major university. A firm liberal arts foundation anchors a variety of traditional degree programs, as well as professional and graduate students that draw on UMD's many research institutes and labs.

UMD is a regional comprehensive land and sea-grant state university, one of five coordinate campus within the State of Minnesota system and with a total enrollment of approximately 11,000 students. SCSE is the largest college at UMD comprising approximately 3200 undergraduate students, 240 graduate students, 180 faculty, and 80 permanent staff. The college includes the science departments of Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Statistics, as well as the ABET-accredited departments of Computer Science, Electrical, Chemical, Civil and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

A dynamic city on a hill situated at the western tip of Lake Superior, Duluth was named Outdoor magazine's Best Outdoors Town in 2014, celebrating its access to the outdoors and to Lake Superior -- the largest freshwater lake on earth by area. Duluth is home to hundreds of miles of biking, hiking, and skiing trails, including the Superior Hiking Trail, a 300+ mile trail intersecting Duluth, and the Duluth Traverse, an 85-mile multi-use biking and hiking trail stretching across town. In addition to the outdoors, the Twin Ports area has vibrant music, arts, crafts and craft brewing scenes, and a variety of award-winning restaurants. Duluth is a truly wonderful place to live, with great schools, health care, and affordable housing. It mixes its historic small-town feel with a dynamic urban economy and many cultural offerings.

Duluth, with a population of approximately 85,000 people, is located at the head of beautiful Lake Superior. As a major shipping port, over 1,000 vessels from around the world pass under its iconic Aerial Lift Bridge, annually. Duluth is a popular tourist destination, with 3.5 million people visiting the city annually, for a $780 million economic impact. More information about Duluth can be found at .

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

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