Term Assistant Professor

Position Information

Position Information

Department Biology (BIOL)
Alternate Department Description
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Job Category Instructional or Research Faculty
Role (State) Job Title Term Assistant Professor
Working Title Term Assistant Professor
Job Type Full-Time
Position Number F9495z
Recruit Number Faculty - 7283
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
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Pay Band
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Term Assistant Professor of Biology, STEM Accelerator Program

The George Mason University, Department of Biology and STEM Accelerator in the College of Science invites energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a dedication to improving undergraduate STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) to apply for our joint-appointment Term Assistant Professor position. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


This is a renewable 12-month Term Instructional Faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank with a joint appointment in the Department of Biology and the College of Science STEM Accelerator Program. In addition to an academic appointment in the Department of Biology, the successful candidate will join an interdisciplinary unit that consists of full-time faculty from Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy, Forensic Science, Geology, and Chemistry in the COS STEM Accelerator.

During the academic year, the incumbent will teach within the Biology Department, consisting of a combination of lectures, laboratory instruction, recitation, and possibly laboratory coordination. The incumbent will also work on STEM Accelerator programs and help to develop, implement, and run new and innovative programs. Academic year STEM duties include mentoring undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) as well as coordinating all Biology LAs and the faculty who are working with them. The COS STEM Accelerator portion of this position will not exceed a half-time assignment during the academic year.

During the summer months, this position is wholly dedicated to the COS STEM Accelerator Program. Summer STEM activities include, but are not limited to, boot camps for majors, and STEM summer camps.

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have successfully completed a Ph.D. in biology or a closely related field as well as some teaching experience at the college/university level. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to design and instruct ecology/evolution or biodiversity lecture and laboratory courses at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in biology with a concentration in ecology or evolution. Applicants willing to conduct research involving undergraduates are encouraged to apply, but conducting research is not a requirement of the position.

About Us:

The Department of Biology is comprised of more than 20 faculty focused on both undergraduate and graduate education, 56 Graduate Assistants, and adjunct faculty, all in support of over 1300 undergraduate majors. Faculty from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the School of Systems Biology, and the STEM Accelerator Program also contribute to the Biology Department through courses and research collaborations.

The College of Science STEM Accelerator is dedicated to developing programs that: increase the number of STEM majors; improve retention rates of STEM students; reduce the time to graduation; and help STEM graduates join the workforce or continue their education.

George Mason University is an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Silver-rated, innovative, entrepreneurial, public institution of national distinction with a student enrollment of over 36,000. Located in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, Mason offers 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: March 23, 2018
Posting Date 02/23/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
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Mason Ad Statement

Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!

George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition.

Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV
  3. List of Professional References
Optional Documents
  1. Philosophy of Teaching