Accepting Applications: Assistant Teaching Professor of Biological Sciences

David Schulz

The Division of Biological Sciences (DBS) at the University of Missouri-Columbia ( invites applications for a non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor position. Our Teaching Professors are full members of the faculty, with all privileges and rights afforded them by departmental bylaws.

The successful candidate will join a community of like-minded scholars and teach introductory biology courses to both majors (e.g. BioSci1500) and non-majors (e.g. BioSci1010) using intentionally inclusive practices with student-centered approaches. Opportunities to create and teach courses in an area of specialization are also available, as well as participation in curriculum development at the department level.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated track record of independent college-level teaching experience using approaches that involve both active and collaborative learning in high enrollment courses and evidence of a commitment to inclusive teaching practices. Minimum qualifications include a PhD in the life sciences, science education, or related discipline by time of appointment.

This 9-month (full time) position includes full benefits and opportunities for promotion to associate and full teaching professor. The appointment will start approximately August 1, 2024; a January 2024 start date is possible, if preferred by the candidate.

For more information, inquiries can be addressed to Dr. David Schulz (Director, Division of Biological Sciences). Contact Human Resource Services ( for any question about the application process.


To apply, follow this link to the University of Missouri Human Resources website ( and in the box labeled “Academic & Staff Positions” click on the link for “Job opportunities for prospective employees.” Enter 48632 in the Search Jobs box to bring up the job notification listing.

Applicants should include:

  • a cover letter describing their interest in the position
  • a teaching statement (max. 5 pages) that outlines relevant experience, philosophy, and approaches, and, if available, provides evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • a syllabus that you have used or would use in a large introductory biology course
  • a curriculum vitae
  • 3 letters of reference; upon applying you will be contacted to arrange to have 3 letters sent directly from their writers.

As per DBS policy, the Search Committee will proceed with an initial blind/anonymous review process based on specific rubrics for each aspect of the application.

Review of applications will commence October 15, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research, and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate. In your application materials, and particularly with respect to the teaching statement, please discuss your specific experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of research, teaching, and engagement.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and tuition assistance. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website.

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