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Assistant Professor of Biology (Beginning Academic Year 2019/20) - Updated Full Consideration Date!

at Colorado State University-Pueblo

Pay: $52000.00 to $53000.00/year
$52,000.00 - $53,000.00 Annually
Posted: 2/25/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2224178
Keywords: office

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

This tenure track, nine month (with summer teaching possibly available) position provides teaching, scholarship and advising/service to the biology department, with the ability to teach majors or non-majors in lower division biology, introductory courses, plus upper division electives in Molecular and Cell Biology and other specialty areas of the applicant. 

The Biology Program provides the biological component of the liberal arts education.  We promote student understanding of biological concepts relevant to the individual and society, and foster an appreciation of scientific inquiry.  Biology is an integral subject for other majors' requirements and the Biology department is committed to fulfilling these service courses and general education for other departments.

Our students obtain a broad education, covering a wide variety of biological disciplines.  We focus on the student, facilitating hands-on experience, interactions with faculty, and opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate research in topics of regional interest.  Program activity is dominated by our teaching mission, with a typical semester teaching load consisting of 12 credit hours of instruction.  The Department of Biology currently has nine full time, tenure-track faculty, and graduates about 45 biology majors annually.  We have added a new major in Wildlife and Natural Resources with two emphasis areas:  terrestrial and aquatic.  The department resides within the College of Science and Mathematics, which also houses the Department of Physics/ Mathematics and the Department of Chemistry.
 Position Duties and Responsibilities:
All responsibilities of faculty members at CSU-Pueblo are in accordance with the Faculty Handbook.  The Faculty Handbook is the authoritative guide on specific requirements with regard to teaching assignments, scholarly activity, research, and service.

Faculty performance is reviewed in the three areas of teaching, scholarly activity and service in accordance with the College of Science and Mathematics Guidelines for Faculty Performance Review.  The weighted distribution of efforts normally complies with the ranges stated in those guidelines.  Faculty work with their Department Chair to establish these distributions through the Faculty Development Planning process outlined in the Faculty Handbook, with reasonable flexibility exercised in balancing heavier responsibilities in one area against lighter responsibilities in another.  The College also recognizes that a faculty member's activities may change over a career and is committed to using differentiated responsibilities for individual faculty.

Primary Duties
  • Teach baccalaureate and master's level courses in the biology program in accordance with program needs.  This includes preparing and presenting course materials; administering appropriate tests; evaluating student learning outcomes; selecting and ordering texts; preparing, administering and grading assignments; and assigning final grades.  It will also include proposing curriculum changes and program modifications to the Department Chair.
  • Engage in scholarly activity including grant writing, preparation, and submission; scholarly work appropriate to the discipline while including undergraduate and graduate students in research when possible and appropriate; and dissemination at appropriate national, regional, and local venues.
  • Conduct student advising to ensure appropriate course and field work is completed to accomplish program objectives.  This requires the faculty member to establish, post and communicate to students at least five regularly scheduled office hours.  Participating in student recruitment, campus meetings, University, college and department committees, University functions and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Earned doctoral degree in biology or a related field
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness in university level biology
Preferred Qualifications
  • Teaching experience and evidence of high quality teaching in undergraduate molecular and cell biology courses including labs
  • Relevant post-doctoral experience
  • Capability of maintaining a program of scholarly activity
  • Commitment to high quality teaching and mentoring of undergraduates and graduates in biology
  • Ability to contribute to service responsibilities of program, college, university and/or profession
  • Graduate work or experience supportive of application of biology to other disciplines
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to motivate, educate and mentor students from a range of cultural and educational backgrounds similar to that of Colorado State University-Pueblo, in major's courses and service courses in Biology

 Important Information:

All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted. Applicants must attach a letter of intent (cover letter); a current resume or CV; an unofficial transcript; a teaching statement; a research statement; and three professional references with contact information to the on-line application. Applications submitted without the required information above will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4 p.m. (MST) on Friday, November 9, 2018 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University-Pueblo

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU-Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small professor-to-student ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 28 undergraduate programs with 70 fields of study in the College of Science and Mathematics, the Hasan School of Business, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Education, Engineering, and Professional Studies and 10 graduate programs.

CSU-Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU-Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly-growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  The University also seeks to provide a rich and diverse cultural environment that allows freedom of expression within a spirit of civility and mutual respect.  The public service expected of all members of our community benefits our society - local and global - and builds our sense of citizenship.

Among its unique features, CSU-Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of Education, Engineering and Professional Studies houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU-Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.

At CSU-Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

About Pueblo, Colorado

The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.

CSU-Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.

The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.

Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.

It is the policy of Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Human Resources at (719) 549-2441 or

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Colorado State University-Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.