Assistant Teaching Professor in Ecology/Evolution - Wake Forest University


R0004828 Assistant Teaching Professor for Ecology or Evolutionary Biology

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Job Description Summary
The Department of Biology at Wake Forest University invites applicants for a permanent Assistant Teaching Professor position to begin July 1, 2023.

We seek candidates with a strong commitment to engaging students in the classroom, and experience teaching either ecology or evolution at the undergraduate level. A Ph.D. in Biology or other field related to these topics is required. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated experience using evidence-based pedagogy to enhance student learning.

The successful candidate will join the faculty team teaching the first-year sequence for biology majors. In addition, the candidate will have opportunities to develop and teach upper-level courses in topics related to their specialty suitable for advanced undergraduates and/or graduate students.

Job Description:
Teaching professors are faculty members of the Wake Forest academic community and are essential to fulfilling the core teaching and service missions of the College. This is a permanent but non-tenurable, full-time position with an initial two-year contract. Promotion to ranks with longer-term appointments is possible. Teaching Professors in the Biology Department dedicate 80% of their time to teaching and 20% to service. A typical teaching load is 3 sections (16-50 students each) in 1-2 different courses each semester. All faculty, including Teaching Professors, serve as academic advisers and on departmental committees, and are eligible to serve on university committees. Teaching faculty receive departmental support for continuing professional development, and can apply for additional institutional funding.

Wake Forest Biology is a welcoming community committed to fostering diversity and achieving inclusive excellence in teaching and research. We seek colleagues who will share in our commitment. In pursuit of this, we strongly encourage applications from individuals from traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized populations.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document that includes:

  • A cover letter describing your motivation to become part of our teaching community (limit 1 page),
  • Updated curriculum vitae,
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (including examples of effective approaches to instruction for ecology- or evolution-related topics) (limit 2 pages),
  • A statement of how the applicant has demonstrated an ability to foster diversity and inclusion through teaching, scholarly activities, and/or mentorship (limit 2 pages).

Submit applications online using Selected applicants will be asked to provide three letters of recommendation. Address questions about the position to Address inquiries about the application process and document submission to Review of applications will begin on October 15th.

Additional Job Description
Wake Forest University welcomes and encourages diversity and inclusivity, and seeks applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate. In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

Founded in 1834, Wake Forest University is a private university located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina that combines a small (roughly 5,700 undergraduates) liberal arts collegiate university with 3,200 graduate students in school of arts and science, medicine, law, business, and divinity. Wake Forest ranks in the top 30 of all U.S. universities in U.S. News & World Report’s Guide to America’s Best Colleges and Universities. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “Pro Humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, go to

Winston-Salem is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan region, which has a population of more than 1.5 million and is listed among the 35 best places to live in North America by Cities Ranked and Rated. Known as the “City of Art and Innovation,” Winston-Salem offers a vast array of arts experiences ranging from music venues to galleries to theatre and film festivals. Ranked among the top 50 US cities for affordability on national survey, Winston-Salem is an hour from the Blue Ridge/Appalachian Mountains and 4 hours from the Atlantic Ocean.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for all final faculty candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.