Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences - Biomedical Sciences (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)
Job no: 493534
Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
The Department of Biomedical Sciences at Grand Valley State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank starting August 6, 2021. We are interested in individuals who have experience working with diverse student and community populations as well as in new and emerging fields that can contribute to diversifying the expertise in our department. We especially encourage candidates to apply who have research and teaching interests with the potential to engage the West Michigan community to address regional and national health disparities.
Required Qualifications and Education
Applicants must have:
• A Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a science or health-related field from an accredited institution; ABD candidates will be considered for a two-year contract with provisions that the Ph.D. must be completed by December 2022.
• A commitment to classroom teaching and research involving undergraduate and graduate students;
• Candidates should also have a strong commitment to mentoring students underrepresented in higher education, and/or experience using inclusive pedagogies, and/or scholarship;
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy;
• Experience and/or willingness to teach high-quality, engaging online courses.
Preferred Qualifications and Education
• Interest in teaching nutrition and/or human physiology courses and associated labs
• Faculty area of research emphasis may be diverse, although we encourage candidates whose research is in the area of digestive physiology or nutritional sciences to apply
• Engagement in interdisciplinary scholarship
• Community engagement that involves marginalized populations or social justice issues
Tenure-track duties include a 9-contact hour teaching load per semester, as well as scholarship/research productivity with students, and professional/public service. The primary teaching duties for this position will either be in the area of nutrition and/or integrated physiology courses, although faculty may teach in other areas of expertise. The option to teach in the summer months is also ordinarily available.
The salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health/vision/dental plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and child care options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit https://www.gvsu.edu/hro/benefitswellness/.
The Biomedical Sciences Department has approximately 1,100 undergraduate majors and 43 full-time faculty members. It also has an expanding Master’s degree program with both thesis and non-thesis students. We offer a variety of courses in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, nutrition and neurosciences that support our Biomedical Sciences majors, as well as courses that support other health science majors, the university’s general education program, and select graduate programs. Along with our primary teaching and research facilities, a science building was recently completed to support further laboratory opportunities for students and faculty, including a vivarium, an aquatic facility, plastination lab, and microscopy suite with a confocal microscope. For more information, see http://www.gvsu.edu/bms and https://www.gvsu.edu/clas/labresource/. Faculty in the BMS Department have regional, national, and international research collaborations including the nationally recognized Van Andel Research Institute, located within walking distance from the GVSU Grand Rapids campus.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off campus. This year, six CLAS departments are collaborating to center diversity, equity, and inclusion in our hiring process. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.
Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable and rich in cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance. The university is committed to creating an inclusive and diverse environment for faculty and students while promoting enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and service. More information can be found at http://www.gvsu.edu/.
How to Apply
Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select "Apply now." A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, (4) teaching philosophy, (5) a statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching, scholarship, and service, (6) names and contact information of three professional references, and (7) graduate transcripts (unofficial). Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select “Apply now”. Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body, we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring underrepresented demographics in the sciences. The online application will allow you to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to: Dr. Theodore Towse, search committee chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to travel limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all search events and processes will be conducted over the phone/online. Candidates should expect to have technology that will allow them to use video conferencing software such as Zoom, Google Meets, or Skype. Accommodations within reason will be provided for qualified applicants.
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. Questions regarding the position may be submitted to Dr. Theodore Towse, search committee chair at email@example.com.
Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to Theresa Rowland, Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org, (616) 331-9530.
The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.
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