Department of Biology
Position: Faculty position in Cell Biology (pending board approval), beginning August 2014. The position will be tenure track for a hire with a doctorate appropriate to the position’s responsibilities (preferred), but ABD will be considered for a visiting appointment. Review of applications will begin as they are received and continue until the position is filled.
Qualifications: The successful applicant should have an earned doctorate in an appropriate field related to the job description by the time of appointment. The position is focused on excellent college teaching, with the desire and ability to direct undergraduates in productive capstone research projects involving molecular techniques. Teaching expectations include courses at all undergraduate levels in support of the Biomedical Science (BIMS) program. The ideal candidate will have a research interest in some aspect of eukaryotic cell and molecular biology. A strong commitment to building a community of successful BIMS students, and to McMurry University’s mission and Core Values is required.
Responsibilities: Teaching loads each semester are generally 12 contact hours of working with students in formal lecture and lab settings, along with three hours of load credit provided by supervising students in productive capstone research activities. Courses taught will include BIMS 4320 Molecular Cell Biology, BIMS 4120 Molecular Cell Biology Lab, and other courses of all levels to support the Biomedical Science major as appropriate to skills, training, experience, and interests. Supervision of seniors in capstone research projects using molecular techniques is expected when needed. Additional service responsibilities grow with experience and include: academic advising, university committee assignments, and participation in other university and departmental activities.
The Program: The Biomedical Sciences program is one of three offered by the Department of Biology. In its sixth year of existence, it has quickly grown to be one of the largest degree programs in the School of Natural & Computational Sciences. More than two-thirds of its graduates have gone on to graduate and professional schools to become the next generation of biomedical researchers and healthcare providers. Its focus on teaching “content in context” centers on using research projects within traditional lab courses as the pedagogy for teaching skills and knowledge. Our goal is to pioneer evidence-based learning in the life sciences, where each student builds a digital portfolio, biological portfolio (biological artifacts from their labwork), and demonstrates mastery of foundational biological knowledge and skills by means of a comprehensive exam. The result is a graduate whose experience-laden and evidence-rich experience is documented and available for future graduate and professional programs to see.
The Department: In addition to this position, the Department of Biology has six faculty specializing in invertebrate biology (search underway), vertebrate biology, botany and biogeography, human anatomy & physiology, and microbiology. The department offers BS degrees in Biology (animals, plants, environment, ecology), Biomedical Science (human biology, microbes, molecular biology, health career preparation), and Life Sciences (generalist and teacher preparation). Many Biology faculty integrate student research into their course pedagogy to provide a research-rich approach to teaching and learning, and to increase research productivity. The department is well-supported by McMurry University with modern equipment and spaces - renovation and equipping of lab spaces for field, molecular, genetics, and microbiology teaching and research was completed in November 2010. Biology and BIMS have popular and successful early acceptance and articulation agreements with a number of graduate and professional schools, including a 3+4 agreement with UTHSC-San Antonio School of Dentistry (BS/DDS), an early decision/articulation with Hardin-Simmons School of Physical Therapy (BS/DPT), and similar program with Texas Chiropractic College.
McMurry Sciences: McMurry has a long and distinguished heritage in its science programs. Alumni include past presidents of the American Medical Association and the Texas Dental Association, leaders in science and technology industries (HP, Agilent, TI, RIM, and others), an abundance of successful healthcare professionals, and faculty at professional schools and universities across the nation. Our graduates are enrolled in many prominent professional schools and graduate programs around the nation, with a significant majority of our graduates in a typical year pursuing advanced degrees. McMurry science programs have been invested participants in Project Kaleidoscope (www.pkal.org), serving as one of their Core Institutions and also as a Leadership Initiative institution. McMurry has many Faculty for the 21st Century (F21) honorees, chosen for their innovative teaching and commitment to “what works” in science education.
The University: McMurry University is a selective, primarily undergraduate institution of 1200 students. The University maintains strong ties with the United Methodist Church, and offers a broad liberal arts and professional curriculum intended to “cultivate leadership, excellence, and virtue, in every student, every day.” McMurry values teaching excellence and recognizes the currency and energy that permeate the classroom when faculty involve their students in productive research.
Abilene, Texas: Abilene is located in the heart of Texas. Its 117,000 residents enjoy the benefits of a large city and simplicity and safety of a small town. The city is an educational hub for the region - home to three private universities, a junior college, a technical college, and graduate and health profession programs offered by Texas Tech University, including a doctoral program in biotechnology and the Doctor of Pharmacy degree. It is driven by a spirit of service, a commitment to the values that built the West, and an appreciation for good food, good music, and good art. It is a regional center for the fine arts and has been widely used as a model for how the arts can drive downtown revitalization. The City of Abilene has invested heavily in biotechnology industry development through construction of research infrastructure to support new biotech companies (http://abilenelaboratories.com/) and creation of a Life Sciences Enterprise Zone. Abilene is also in the early stages of development for the Cedar Creek Waterway nature and recreational corridor that will connect lakes to the north and south of Abilene with outstanding spaces for recreation within the city. More than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, parks and amphitheaters, and other recreational spaces are on the drawing board. Opportunities for McMurry faculty to collaborate and use these and additional resources are available as we prepare our students to become their future employees and scientists.
Application. To apply, submit the following online in pdf format to Dean Alicia Wyatt (email@example.com): letter of interest (including teaching philosophy and research interests), curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references.
Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts must be sent via mail to the following address:
Cell Biology Search Committee
School of Natural & Computational Sciences
1 McMurry University Box 57
Abilene, TX 79697-0057
Dean Wyatt may be contacted at 325-793-4748, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled.