Teaching Assistant Professor, Intercollegiate Biochemistry Program- 16948

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia
May 19, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological
Job Type
Full time

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University invites applications for a Teaching Assistant Professor of Biochemistry beginning August 2021. Biochemistry is an intercollegiate program offered at WVU. This interdisciplinary program offers courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and molecular biology, providing a solid launching point for professional and graduate school. This is a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure track position with benefits and the opportunity for promotion, though promotion is not required for continued career stability. Teaching Assistant Professor appointments have renewable terms of up to three years, with no limit on the number of terms. Teaching faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, and ongoing engagement in assessment-based advancement of curriculum and instruction. This is a non-research position. 

A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Biochemistry, Animal Science, or a closely related field is required at time of employment. In addition, we seek evidence of, or potential for, excellence in teaching undergraduate students, including in courses emphasizing quantitative skills; in developing new courses; in developing, implementing and assessing innovative recruitment and advising initiatives; as well as excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills. 

Applicants may apply for the position at https://careers.wvu.edu/career-opportunities and navigate to the position title listed above.  Candidates must meet standard eligibility requirements to work in the United States and have demonstrated effective verbal and written communication skills in English.  

Upload the following documents for application:

  • A cover letter that discusses your qualifications for the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A philosophy of teaching statement. 
  • A statement of advising philosophy.
  • A description of your potential to further our progress in building a diverse and inclusive academic community.
  • Three reference letters sent to biochemistry.letters@mail.wvu.edu.

The screening process will begin June 11, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website (https://biochemistry.wvu.edu/) or contact the chair of the search committee Dr. Justin Legleiter (justin.legleiter@mail.wvu.edu).

West Virginia University, designated as a Research University (High Research Activity), is a comprehensive, land-grant institution with an enrollment of over 29,000 students and includes a highly-regarded Medical Center and Law school http://www.wvu.edu. The University is situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, 75 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA, within easy driving distance of major eastern metropolitan areas including NYC and Washington, DC. Morgantown – West Virginia’s fourth largest city – recently was rated No. 1 Small City in America, Best Small City in the East, and 3rd Best Small Town in the nation. These high ratings resulted from its mix of intellectual, cultural, and social amenities; university services (including medical); year-round summer and winter outdoor recreational opportunities; small town warmth; and a public-school system that has been rated in the top two percentile in academic performance nationwide. 


At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wv.edu/.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Dual Career Program

Meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in WVU’s success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.

The teaching assignment is four courses each semester, or equivalent. Common equivalents consist of significant commitments in support of student development (e.g., advising and recruitment) or in support of instruction. The successful candidate will teach foundational as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate biochemistry courses such as Introduction to Biochemistry, Intro - Biochem Wet Lab, graduate level General Biochemistry, and potentially Applied Biochemistry Literature and/or advanced courses in animal or plant science. The successful candidate will also contribute to advising and recruitment; advising during the summer may be expected, with additional compensation. The successful candidate will be housed in the Division of Animal and Nutritional Sciences (http://ans.wvu.edu).