Visiting Instructor (Organismal Biology / Ecology / Evolution)


Openings: 1


Position Details: Gustavus Adolphus College invites applications for a full-time two-year position of Visiting Instructor (or Visiting Assistant Professor with appropriate qualifications) in the Department of Biology to begin September 1, 2022.

Institution Information: Gustavus Adolphus College seeks employees who are committed to and will be resolute in advancing inclusion and equity. We seek candidates whose experience has prepared them to help us realize our college-wide goal of engagement and inclusion of culturally and racially diverse audiences in the humanities, arts, and sciences. The Gustavus Acts strategic plan renews our commitment to equip students to lead purposeful lives, and to act on the great challenges of our time by diversifying and expanding the Gustavus community and delivering a distinctive and integrated liberal arts education.

Minnesota is home to a vibrant African American community and growing communities of Hmong, Latinx, and Somali peoples, as well as significant numbers of Indigenous people. We believe that representation from all of these groups contributes positively to our student body.

We are committed to fostering a community that embodies the value of a liberal arts education rooted in pluralism. We engage in this work at a coeducational, private, Lutheran (ELCA) College of Swedish immigrant heritage that is a leading residential, national liberal arts institution of 2200 students.

Department Information: The Department of Biology graduates an average of 60 majors each year and focuses on the preparation of students for post-graduate professional and graduate programs. The Biology Department also supports about 10 Environmental Studies Life Science majors in coursework focused on organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology. Students of both majors engage in research experiences within and outside of classes. More information about the Biology Department is available at:

Major/Essential Functions: The annual teaching assignment will be 28 contact hours (CH), equivalent of 4 regular-semester courses, some with a lab, and a one-month January Term course. Primary teaching responsibilities will include Principles of Biology (two BIO-101 lectures and one lab; 8CH) and Evolution seminar (BIO-385; 3 CH) in the Fall and Organismal Biology (BIO-102 lecture and lab; 7 CH) and Ecology (BIO-370 lecture and lab; 6 CH) in the Spring. The topic of the January Term course will be determined by the candidate based on their expertise and/or interests, which can be interdisciplinary.

Application Procedures: To apply, visit and complete the online application. The documents that must be uploaded include the following:

  • Letter of application that addresses the position qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy
  • Transcripts (scanned copies acceptable)
  • The names and contact information for three professional references (at least one must be able to address teaching experience and teaching effectiveness; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application). Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

Review of applications will begin May 9, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Gustavus Adolphus College is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or ABD in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching
  • Ability to teach upper-level evolution and ecology electives
  • Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Commitment to undergraduate teaching in a liberal arts context, including a non-major course
  • Experience teaching as instructor of record

Posted April 21, 2022


Jon Grinnell | | 507-933-7332

Posted: Thu Apr 21, 2022

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