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Job Opportunity: Visiting Assistant Professor, Biology/Zoology, Kentucky Weslyan College, Owensboro, KY

Posted by on Friday, June 11, 2021 in Job Opportunities .

Kentucky Wesleyan College, a private, four-year liberal arts college with a long-standing reputation for quality and academic excellence, is seeking a dynamic, broadly trained biologist to teach in both the Biology and Zoology programs.  While this is visiting position, it has the potential to convert to tenure track depending on the candidates’ performance.  This position will strut in Fall2021.


The person who joins us will develop and grow the Biology and Zoology programs and will teach undergraduate courses for general education and science majors in both traditional face-to­ face and online formats.  The ideal candidate will be able to offer courses in general biology (for majors and non-majors) as well as upper-level courses in their area of expertise.  While all specialties will be considered, a background in botany, computational biology, and/or zoology is a plus.  The teaching load for this full-time position is 12 to 14 contact hours per semester. Candidates will also interact will current faculty and students in the natural sciences and mathematics, advise students, develop a research program that will engage students and is appropriate for an undergraduate institution, and provide service to the division and college.  A commitment to both teaching and scholarship is essential.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology, Zoology, or related discipline (A.B.D. candidates will be considered).
  • A strong commitment to teaching, mentoring, and working with undergraduate students as well as a passion for providing an exceptional classroom experience to students.
  • An interest in involving undergraduates in relevant scholarly work.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • A desire to contribute your professional expertise to the college and larger external community.

Employee Benefits

This full-time position has access to a full range of employee benefits, including health, dental, vision, and life insurance; retirement plans; and tuition benefits. Due to the college’s not-for­ profit status, employees of Kentucky Wesleyan may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program of the US Department of Education.

Application Process

To apply, complete the online application at As part of the online application, please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, plan for undergraduate research, references, and an unofficial transcript of the highest degree.  Kentucky Wesleyan College is an equal opportunity employer.

Review of application materials will begin June 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

An official transcript for the highest degree awarded will be required of the hired candidate, as will a background check.  Incoming employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation tor medical or religious reasons is requested and approved. The College will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

Additional Information

About Kentucky Wesleyan College

Kentucky Wesleyan College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in the vibrant city of Owensboro. A United Methodist-related college founded in 1858, Wesleyan is known for excellence in academics and a superior residential experience. Kentucky Wesleyan earned a #8 ranking in 2017 from U.S. News & World Report as a Best Regional College in the South, along with a #3 ranking in the South in the category of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” which measures academic quality compared to cost of attendance.

Kentucky Wesleyan students can choose from 29 majors and 13 pre-professional programs. Classes have a 12-to-1 student-faculty  ratio, and 88 percent of the faculty have a Ph.D. or terminal degree.  The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees.

The Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers compete in NCAA Division II and are members of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. Athletic teams include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

The College employs approximately 200 faculty and staff who work together on a single campus. Kentucky Wesleyan provides a challenging and supportive academic experience tor students as well as a positive and stimulating work environment for employees. A hallmark of the Kentucky Wesleyan experience includes “The Wesleyan Way,” beliefs which guide the entire college community:

  • We do everything with honor.
  • We always support each other.
  • We will compete with integrity.
  • We love each other in Christ.

Kentucky Wesleyan College values the unique contributions of all members of our campus community. As part of our mission to prepare future leaders intellectually, spiritually, and physically, we strive to provide an atmosphere that encourages and challenges all members of the Kentucky Wesleyan College campus community to exhibit an understanding and appreciation of cultural and human differences. We are committed to being a community that reflects the diversity of our larger society. We expect all members of our institution to actively create and maintain an inclusive learning and living environment that embraces diversity in all forms, including race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, religion, and thought.

About Owensboro, KY

Kentucky Wesleyan College is located in the hospitable city of Owensboro, Kentucky, a vibrant, beautiful, and safe city nestled on the banks of the Ohio River.  Owensboro is small enough to promote a hometown atmosphere yet large enough to support many amenities usually only available in much larger cities.  Davies County is home to 110,000 residents and is easily accessible from metropolitan locations such as Louisville, KY; Nashville, TN; and St. Louis, MO.

Owensboro ‘s revitalized downtown area features a state-of-the-art convention center, several new hotels, and a range of entertainment options with unique restaurants and shops. Twenty-five parks, totaling 953 acres, encircle the city, which hosts over 20 local festivals- attracting visitors from throughout the region.


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