May 03, 2023

Assistant Professor of Biology

  • Saint Mary's University
  • Winona, MN, USA
Full time Education: University/College

Job Description

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota is seeking an Assistant Professor of Biology for the Winona Campus.  We are looking for a candidate who is eager to contribute to its Lasallian Catholic mission of awakening, nurturing, and empowering learners to ethical lives of service and leadership. We invite individuals to help transform lives through education, inspired by the Catholic Intellectual Tradition’s quest to understand the human experience through faith and reason and its embrace of all who are dedicated to learning from one another through authentic conversations in search of the truth. We are especially interested in and give preference to candidates who demonstrate a vision to create and nurture initiatives that will advance our mission within the scope of their duties and who will foster a culture of dialogue that, with respect for all people, supports the search for meaning and purpose in pursuit of excellence.


This full time term position in the department of Biology will start in August 2023. This individual will be expected to contribute to the teaching mission of the university, including and alongside teaching undergraduate biology courses and labs including General Biology and upper division courses in the applicant’s specialty; student advising; service on departmental and faculty committees; and engaging in research appropriate for undergraduates. Preference will be given to applicants that can teach (some of) the following courses: aquatic ecology, fisheries biology, plant taxonomy, sustainable resource management and/or conservation biology. At Saint Mary’s the standard teaching load is 22-24 credit hours per contract year and this individual will be expected to teach this load, covering foundational and upper-level areas of undergraduate biology lecture and lab courses, as well as appropriate courses in the Saint Mary's University general education program.


Applicants with a Ph.D. in Fisheries, Botany, Ecology, Biology, or a related field earned by August 17, 2023 are strongly preferred but applicants with an M.S. or A.B.D. will also be considered. Experience or evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate biology is required. Applicants must be able to integrate our unique environmental surroundings situated within the Driftless Area and the Upper Mississippi River watershed into teaching and scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants who are able to develop and teach upper-level elective course(s) in their area of expertise that complement those offered by the current biology faculty. The candidate will be expected to establish and maintain an active research program to mentor students in research that culminates in a student thesis.


The Biology Department at Saint Mary's provides students a hands-on learning environment that empowers students to chart their own path to a career. All majors in the biology department conduct their own, authentic, independent research projects. Our faculty are experts in both biological research and undergraduate instruction so students can expect high-quality teaching, direct interaction with instructors and quality research mentorship.


Essential Skills and Functions:

  • Develops and maintains good working relationships and communications at all levels of the organization.
  • Observes safety guidelines and follows safety procedures established by the university.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work effectively alone and within a team environment.


Education and Experience:

The successful candidate will have the following credentials and experience:

  • A doctoral degree (preferred), ABD or M.S. in Fisheries, Botany Ecology, Biology or a related field.
  • Experience or evidence of potential for excellence in teaching undergraduate biology.
  • Active engagement in research amenable toward mentoring undergraduates and potential for leading to extramural funding and co-publication with students.
  • May consider other acceptable equivalent combinations of training and experience.



Apply online at and include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, written statement of teaching philosophy, and written statement of research interests. Please also include the contact information for 3 references who could provide letters of recommendation. To ensure full consideration, please have application materials submitted on or before June 1, 2023. 


Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota believes a diverse professoriate contributes to a robust academic environment and is critical to achieving the University's mission in an increasingly diverse society. Individuals with expertise in diverse scholarly and pedagogical approaches and experience mentoring members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.


Saint Mary’s offers a comprehensive benefit package including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending, retirement pension plan, and both undergraduate and graduate tuition remission plans.


All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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