[FUN_Mail] Tenure Track position in Neuroscience

Christopher Shelley cshelley at sewanee.edu
Wed Nov 8 15:33:20 UTC 2023

Position Overview
The Biology Department at The University of the South seeks a Ph.D-trained
biologist with experience in neuroscience to serve as a tenure-track
Assistant Professor of Biology starting in August 2024. This position will
be housed in the Biology Department and will contribute to the biology
major and the interdisciplinary neuroscience major. With 1700 undergraduate
students, the University of the South (also known as ‘Sewanee’) values
small interactive classes and close student-faculty mentoring and research.
The Biology Department   is a vibrant intellectual environment consisting
of 11 research-active faculty with broad interests. We offer a
comprehensive biology curriculum with concentrations in Molecular Biology
and Genetics, Integrative Biology, and Ecology and Biodiversity. The
interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, supported primarily by the Biology
and Psychology Departments, is a popular and growing major.

Position Description
The position carries a teaching load of 5 courses per year with both
lecture and lab sections counting toward that total. Three of those courses
will be in neuroscience and two in biology. The successful applicant will
develop a research program that provides opportunities for undergraduate
involvement in neurobiology research and will serve the university by
advising students, participating in departmental work, and serving on
college and university committees. Professional development opportunities
include funds for professional travel, eligibility for internal grant
funding, access to a broad range of programming in our Center for Teaching
and a sponsored research office.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate
A doctoral degree in biology, neuroscience, or an adjacent field is
required. Candidates should have a research plan that is conducive to an
undergraduate-only college and that has the potential to include
undergraduate students.  Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching
small interactive classes and mentoring research students. Preference will
be given to candidates with prior experience in teaching and/or mentorship.
The successful candidate will be able to teach neurobiology and molecular
biology courses, as well as upper-level courses in their area of expertise.
We particularly welcome faculty with knowledge, skills, or diverse life
experiences that contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment in
our department and the institution. Evidence that the candidate can advance
institutional efforts to better meet the needs of students who identify as
coming from underrepresented groups is highly valued.

We invite interested candidates to submit a CV and cover letter that
addresses the applicant’s teaching philosophy, their research program and
how it might fit at an undergraduate-only institution, and how their past
or potential contributions in teaching, research, and/or service
demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The cover
letter should also include  contact information for individuals who may be
asked by the search committee to provide letters of recommendation.
Applicants selected for the second round of consideration will be asked to
provide additional materials, including a teaching statement and a research
plan, and the review committee may request letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin on November 20, 2023, and will continue
until the position is filled. Please apply here:

Supplemental Information
The University of the South includes a nationally ranked residential
College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is
strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity,
equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on
13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its
stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga,
Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal
Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities

Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening.

DEI Institutional Statement:
At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging
is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and
inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and
centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution
that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive
campus environment.

Dr Chris Shelley
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology and the Neuroscience Program
The University of the South
Office: 165 Spencer Hall
Laboratory: 170 Spencer Hall
Sewanee, TN   37383

Office: (931) 598-1715
Email: cshelley at sewanee.edu
Website: https://cshelley2.wixsite.com/shelleylab2
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