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Assistant Professor of Ecology/Environmental Science

Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA
Closing Date
Review of the applications will begin October 1 and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Moravian College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level beginning Fall 2019. We are looking for a biologist whose expertise complements that of current members of the department. The successful candidate will have a research interest in some area of terrestrial or freshwater ecology/environmental science and will ideally have significant experience with some aspect of quantitative or computational biology (e.g. biostatistics, GIS, or bioinformatics).

Success as a faculty member at Moravian is evaluated on the basis of teaching, scholarship, service, and student engagement. All applicants who provide strong evidence demonstrating their ability to flourish in a small liberal arts college environment will be seriously considered. Teaching is paramount at Moravian. Each semester, faculty in the sciences typically teach two lecture courses (3 hours each per week) and two laboratory sections (3 hours each per week).

The new faculty hire will be responsible for teaching some of the following:

  • our upper-level Ecology course (BIOL360), taken by both Environmental Science and Biology majors
  • an upper-level elective course (with laboratory) in an area of the applicant's specialty
  • ENVR112 (Environmental Science), an introductory course for students majoring in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science
  • other courses depending on college and department needs and the candidate's interests; these might include an upper-level Biology seminar course or contributions to the Learning in Common (general education) curriculum, for example with a science course for non-majors (F4 category) or an upper-level Science and Society (U1 category) course

Scholarship at Moravian is evaluated in many ways, but carrying out research with undergraduates is critical. In addition to opportunities for students to participate in independent research projects under faculty supervision as part of their coursework (BIO381 Independent Study), Moravian has two programs for such research: SOAR and Honors. The candidate's research statement should explicitly address how undergraduates will be able to participate in the applicant's research program.

Service to the institution takes a variety of forms, including committee participation and student advising. We are looking for scholars and teachers who will actively contribute to both their discipline and the broader intellectual community at Moravian. This faculty member will also participate in the Environmental Studies and Sciences program at the College.


  • Research interest in some area of terrestrial or freshwater ecology/environmental science
  • Will ideally have significant experience with some aspect of quantitative or computational biology (e.g. biostatistics, GIS, or bioinformatics).
  • Applicants must have their Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.

To Apply

Applicants should provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a statement of research interests. In their application, candidates should address their interest in working with undergraduates in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction and should provide evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. The candidate’s materials (cover letter, cv, and two statements) should be sent electronically as a single .pdf file. In addition, please arrange to have three letters of reference submitted separately (ideally as .pdf files). All materials should be sent to biosearch [at] moravian.edu. An incomplete application file will not be considered.

(The finalists will be asked for copies of transcripts and evidence of teaching effectiveness, but not until we complete our initial review; please do not send these materials with your initial application.)

For questions about the position, please contact Profs. irishf [at] moravian.edu (Frances Irish) or jonesc [at] moravian.edu (Christopher Jones). All postings are subject to budget availability.

Other Information

Founded in 1742, Moravian College is the sixth-oldest college in the country. Moravian is a private coeducational liberal arts college that is located in historic Bethlehem, in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley. Moravian is composed of a traditional undergraduate program, graduate, professional, and adult completion programs, and Moravian Theological Seminary.

Moravian College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our community, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. The College community understands that it shares a responsibility for generating and preserving a learning environment where difference is valued, and inclusiveness and social justice are practiced.

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