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Oct 7 2021

Faculty Assistant Professor of Biology

Ball State University Muncie, Indiana, United States

The successful candidate will join the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in the newly constructed Foundational Sciences Building, which features collaborative space, a research library and computer labs, and cutting-edge teaching and research laboratories.

Inclusive Excellence Statement
At Ball State University, inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

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Length of Appointment
FT Academic Year

The successful candidate will be able to teach students from diverse backgrounds in introductory botany, plant taxonomy, aquatic botany, and have an active role in managing the BSU herbarium. The candidate should also be able to develop an externally funded research program that will advance the research opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students while complementing and collaborating with current faculty in the Department of Biology.

The research program should focus on any aspect of botany related to the listed teaching responsibilities. Our field biology concentrations are unique among our peer institutions, and, accordingly, we are especially interested in individuals who can excite and motivate students from diverse backgrounds in field studies. Candidates with experience in native plant conservation, wetland studies and plant systematics are especially encouraged to apply.

The strongest candidates will have a track record of teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate level and demonstrated evidence of outstanding scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and potential for external funding.

The Department of Biology benefits from strong institutional support, promotes collaborations amongst faculty, and shares core research and teaching equipment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and belonging.  At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values and informs all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Inclusive Excellence Plan | Ball State University

Minimum Qualifications
Earned doctorate in Botany, Biology or related field from an accredited college or university; commitment to excellence in teaching; and competency in current research concepts and approaches as demonstrated by a research statement, teaching statement and/or teaching evaluations; effective written and oral communication skills.

Authorization to work in the US
Employer will consider sponsorship.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated teaching ability in biological science using diverse student-centered learning techniques; broad training in botany and systematics and evidence of scholarly activity, such as postdoctoral experience, publications, and successful procurement of external grants; established research agenda that complements existing departmental research programs; potential to increase the inclusion of more diverse undergraduate and graduate student researchers; and collaborative potential with existing faculty in the Department of Biology.

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Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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EEO Statement
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

About Ball State University
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.


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The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary
In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

Names and contact information for three references will be required on the application.

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