Biology Faculty Positions

Contact Mark Beekey, Biology Chairperson
Fairfield, CT, US
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As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, and one of the fastest-growing in the U.S., Sacred Heart University is a national leader in shaping higher education for the 21st century. SHU offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs on its Fairfield, Conn., campus. Sacred Heart also has satellites in Connecticut, Luxembourg and Ireland and offers online programs. More than 9,000 students attend the University’s eight colleges and schools: Arts & Sciences; Communication, Media & the Arts; Computer Science & Engineering; Health Professions; the Isabelle Farrington College of Education; the Jack Welch College of Business & Technology; Nursing; and St. Vincent’s College. Sacred Heart stands out from other Catholic institutions as it was established and led by laity. The contemporary Catholic university is rooted in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition and the liberal arts, and at the same time cultivates students to be forward thinkers who enact change—in their own lives, professions and in their communities. The Princeton Review includes SHU in its Best 384 Colleges–2019 Edition, “Best in the Northeast” and Best 267 Business Schools–2018 Edition. Sacred Heart has a Division I athletics program and an impressive performing arts program that includes choir, band, dance and theater.

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Biology invite applications from qualified candidates for appointment to two newly created non-tenure track positions at the rank of Lecturer. The rank of Lecturer is a one-year renewable contract position with the potential for promotion to higher non-tenure-track ranks. Applicants are expected to demonstrate the potential for excellence in undergraduate biology teaching in both major and non-major courses and possess a strong appreciation for the mission of the University and its student-centered focus. In addition, applicants may develop scholarly research programs focused on engaging undergraduates. We are seeking candidates with expertise in at least one of the following topical areas:
Population Genetics: The ideal applicant would have substantial experience in applying next generation sequencing techniques and data analysis to research questions in conservation, ecology or evolution.
Endocrinology/Neuroscience: The ideal applicant would have expertise in the relationship between the endocrine and nervous systems and in applying this knowledge to research questions in the biological sciences.
Ecosystem Ecology: The ideal candidate would have expertise in climate science and be able to apply this knowledge to research on the effects of climate change in terrestrial and/or aquatic systems.
In addition to teaching courses in the candidate’s area of specialization the faculty members filling these positions will play a major role in teaching courses in the foundational core of the university (First Year Seminar, Critical Thinking) and the biology major core courses (Concepts in Biology I and II, Genetics and Evolution, and Ecology and Evolution).

Qualifications: PhD in Biology or an appropriate area of expertise required (ABD considered). Significant teaching and post-doctoral experiences preferred. Candidates should also support Sacred Heart University's commitment to university service, community service, and the intellectual and ethical development of all students. Candidates for the position will value the University's Catholic identity, tradition, and spirit.

Applications must include: a letter of application, curriculum vitae, advanced degree transcript (unofficial is sufficient for the application process), a statement describing teaching philosophy, a statement describing research interests and three letters of reference. Digital application materials must be submitted through the Sacred Heart University Online Application Portal to be considered. Review of applications will begin October 1