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Assistant Professor of Biology

Apply now Posting Number: 492782
Type of Position: Full-time
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Categories: Faculty

Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Biology

Department/ School:

Department of Biology, School of Science

Job Summary:

The School of Science at Marist College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant or Associate Professor in the Department of Biology, beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will teach the freshman biology class for science majors that emphasizes the foundations of cellular and molecular biology, an upper-level cell-/molecular-based course that complements existing departmental expertise, and the biology senior capping class.  If time permits, the candidate may also teach courses that support the College Core Curriculum.  Teaching responsibilities include 9 and 12 contact hours per week in alternating semesters. Marist recognizes teaching as the most important professional activity; however, scholarship and service to the College are also required. Faculty are expected to develop an active research program involving undergraduates and leading to peer-reviewed scientific publications.  The successful applicant will join a department characterized by a strong sense of community in which students are the central focus and faculty are both accessible and approachable. The ideal candidate is expected to collaborate with other faculty to provide an effective learning environment.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and review of applications will begin November 1, 2019.  Salary and rank for the position will commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in Biology or closely related field and a strong interest in undergraduate education. Although prior teaching experience is desirable, the potential to develop superior teaching skills and continually develop as a teacher are essential. The ideal candidate will have plans for a research program with the ability to include undergraduate research and excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Essential Functions:

Teaching instruction of undergraduates, especially in the first semester foundational class (General Biology I), upper-level courses in their area of expertise and the senior capstone class in biology. Teaching courses designed for non-science majors is also possible.

Establish and maintain a research program involving undergraduate students. Work with the faculty of the department, school, and college to examine and revise curriculum and educational policies, and aid the Department Chair with program assessment and projects that enhance the environment for students and colleagues.

Represent the School of Science and the Biology Department by participating in service activities and performing other duties as assigned (e.g., interacting with prospective students, attending student research presentations, organizing local conferences, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications:

At least one year of postdoctoral research experience is preferred.

Required Application Documents:

Cover letter, Resume, & Three Professional References.

About the Department and School:

The Department of Biology is committed to excellence in teaching, advising, undergraduate research, and service. We provide challenging and innovative curricula that promote experiential learning opportunities such as internships, student-faculty collaborative research, and access to advanced technology. Our programs prepare students for lifelong learning and a diverse array of advanced studies and careers in the life sciences, including the health professions and teaching, making them competitive for positions in top graduate and professional schools, secondary schools, and industry. We contribute to the holistic education of all Marist students by fostering scientific literacy and critical thinking skills that enhance their scientifically-informed decisions. Faculty are committed to continual development as teacher-scholars, and being active in research involving Marist students, with the goal of disseminating their findings to the scientific community. We enhance student learning by improving and expanding our facilities and instrumentation. We continually seek to strengthen our integration with other School of Science programs, establish pedagogical and scholarly collaborations with colleagues within and outside of the College, and engage in service to the College and the greater community.

The School of Science combines scientific principles with practice through the application of knowledge, scientific literacy, and research.  Students interested in the natural, physical, and health sciences have access to top facilities, as well as opportunities for internships, clinical rotations, and hands-on research. Working with dedicated faculty members, students gain the skills required to obtain prestigious awards, placement in top graduate schools, or careers in leading companies.

About Marist College:

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 385 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (10th Best Regional University/North, 5th Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#4 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees, and also Doctor of Physical Therapy and Physician Assistant programs. To learn more, please visit

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Time as required for teaching, office hours, departmental/school activities and other activities as needed.


Marist College main campus, Poughkeepsie, NY.

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Equal Employment Statement:

Marist College is committed to creating a diverse workforce on our campus by ensuring that barriers to equal employment opportunity and upward mobility do not exist here. To this end, the College will strive to achieve the full and fair participation of minorities, women, people with disabilities, and any other protected groups found to be under-represented.

Equal opportunity means employment, development, and promotion of individuals without consideration of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or veteran status unless there is a bona fide occupational requirement which excludes persons in one of these protected groups. The College will review its employment policies and procedures to ensure that barriers which may unnecessarily exclude protected groups are identified and eliminated. The College will also explore alternative approaches if any policy or practice is found to have a negative impact on protected groups.

Marist's policy of non-discrimination includes not only employment practices but also extends to all services and programs provided by the College. It shall be considered a violation of College policy for any member of the community to discriminate against any individual or group with respect to employment or attendance at Marist College on the basis of race, color, disability, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other condition established by law.


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