Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Assistant Professor in Vertebrate Biology

College of the Holy Cross
Worcester, MA
Closing Date
September 23, 2019

The Department of Biology at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment to begin in August 2020. We seek candidates committed to excellence in teaching, with demonstrated ability to teach a diverse range of students with regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, (dis)abilities, and nationality. The successful candidate will teach BIOL 162 (Introduction to Mechanisms of Multicellular Organisms), Comparative Vertebrate Morphology, an additional course for biology majors, and a course for non-science majors. The candidate will also be expected to establish a productive research program in vertebrate organismal biology that is well-suited to undergraduate participation. We expect that the successful candidate will bring expertise to the department in one or more related fields, such as biomechanics, paleobiology, physiology, animal behavior, or biology of a particular vertebrate group. Please note that the department’s capabilities for supporting live animal research are limited, and individuals who require live animal facilities should contact the search chair before applying.

This position carries a 3-2 teaching load with a full-salary one-semester research leave prior to tenure review, and generous sabbatical and fellowship leaves for tenured faculty. Tenure track faculty are eligible for travel support and reimbursement of relocation costs within the College’s published policies. All full-time appointments offer competitive salaries and include full benefits. To learn more about faculty life at the College & the Worcester area, candidates are encouraged to visit holycross.edu/join.


The candidate must hold a PhD in a relevant field of biology. Candidates must demonstrate commitment to, and excellence in, undergraduate teaching at the introductory and advanced levels as informed by current practice and scholarship in the field. The successful candidate will have published scholarship and show promise in establishing an independent research program involving undergraduate students.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements listed above, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, a statement of research interests and plan for carrying out this research at an undergraduate institution, transcripts, and three confidential letters of recommendation. The College of the Holy Cross uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Please submit all application materials to apply.interfolio.com/65569.

As a Jesuit undergraduate liberal arts college, the College values dialog among people from diverse perspectives as integral to the mission and essential to the excellence of our academic program.In your application please highlight how your teaching, scholarship, mentorship and/or service might support the College’s mission and its commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Review of applications will begin on September 23, 2019. Initial Skype interviews of selected applicants will take place in early October. Questions about this search may be directed to Prof. Julia Paxson (jpaxson [at] holycross.edu), chair of the search committee.

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