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Northeastern Illinois University Tenure Track Vertebrate Zoologist / Anatomy and Physiology

by Ed Hagen last modified Oct 27, 2011 10:43 AM expired
The Department of Biology at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the ASSISTANT PROFESSOR level to begin September 2012. We seek a candidate with expertise and experience in the anatomy, physiology, or whole-organism systems biology of vertebrates. The area of specialization is open, and could include vertebrate or comparative anatomy, histology, biomechanics, or comparative physiology. However, it is essential that the candidate be able to help develop and teach a two-semester, cadaver-based course in human anatomy and physiology.

The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, experience with and/or a commitment to using and developing innovative teaching methods, and the ability to engage graduate (M.S. level) and undergraduate students in research. Teaching expectations will include the cadaver-based Human Anatomy & Physiology sequence (mentioned above), as well as General Biology and advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of specialization. The ability to teach a course involving a major group of animals is desirable, but not required. In addition to teaching and maintaining an active research program, the successful candidate will also be expected to collaborate with NEIU's Student Center for Science Engagement and other NEIU units to enhance our students' preparation for careers in the health professions, and to participate in service to the department, college and university. An earned doctorate in biology with an emphasis in anatomy and/or physiology or a related field is required; teaching experience and experience with cadavers are desirable, but not required.

Northeastern Illinois University is a comprehensive state university of approximately 12,000 commuter students located on the northwest side of Chicago and is recognized as having one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the Midwest. NEIU has just been awarded a five-year Title V-HSI/STEM grant from the US Department of Education that will directly benefit the Department of Biology in a variety of ways, including the addition of this new tenure-line faculty position, renovation of two teaching laboratories (including a new cadaver lab and new equipment for computerized acquisition and analysis of physiological data), and provision of increased support for faculty-student research.

To apply for the position, please submit a single, electronic PDF that contains the following materials in the following order: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching statement that describes your teaching experience and philosophy, plans for a cadaver-based anatomy/physiology course, and a list of courses (at both the undergraduate and graduate levels) you feel qualified to teach; (4) a research statement that describes your current and future research goals and plans and their relevance to this position; (5) a diversity statement that describes your experience with diverse populations of students and the importance of diversity in teaching and research communities; and (6) an unofficial copy of your graduate transcripts. Send the complete PDF to

In addition, please provide three reference letters that address both research and teaching potential as they relate to this position. Letters should be submitted as PDFs directly to Dr. John Kasmer (Department Chair) at

Review of applications will begin on 15 November 2011, and continue until position is filled. For further information, contact Dr. John Kasmer via e-mail ( Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from women and minorities as well as other qualified individuals.

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