Assistant Professor Biology


Nebraska Wesleyan University invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professorship of Biology beginning August 2024.  Candidates with a Ph.D. (completed or near completion) in Biological Sciences or a closely related field are eligible to apply for a tenure-track position; final rank and tenure status will be determined by the Provost upon successful completion of the interview process.  This is a full-time benefit-eligible position, which includes a comprehensive package including health, vision and dental insurance benefits, retirement benefits, and undergraduate tuition remission for employee dependents.

Nebraska Wesleyan University places high value on personal attention to students. We seek candidates who have demonstrated effectiveness in undergraduate teaching and have a commitment to creative instruction in a variety of formats, including lecture, active learning, and one-on-one interactions. Individuals in this position are expected to provide outstanding teaching, engage in professional activities, and participate in service and leadership related to the pedagogical mission of the university.

Nebraska Wesleyan University is a liberal arts university of approximately 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Biology department serves over 200 majors and minors, participates in the university’s integrated curriculum and supports students in departments such as nursing, health and human performance, and public health. The University’s steadfast commitment to putting learning into action through internships, study abroad, service learning and collaborative research has yielded tremendous outcomes for students and alumni.


This position is open to all areas of specialization in the field Biological science.  Individuals are particularly encouraged to apply whose training is integrative (e.g., plant pathology, infectious diseases, environmental microbiology and/or bioinformatics/genomics) and special consideration will be given to applicants with data science experience. The successful applicant will participate in duties related to the instruction of both lecture and laboratory for a variety of lower- and upper-level biology courses including but not limited to a first year introduction to research course as well as one or more of the following courses: Microbiology, Bioinformatics, Virology or Plant Pathology (see the NWU Course Catalog for department course details). Preferred applicants will display a commitment to undergraduate experiences through innovative teaching practices, visions for global experiences, and the facilitation of undergraduate research.

Commitment to Diversity

Diversity is a core value of Nebraska Wesleyan University’s mission, and we embrace it as a source of strength. Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate how they are able to enhance and embrace this University core value in a diversity statement submitted as part of their application materials. 

Nebraska Wesleyan University provides equal educational and employment opportunities to qualified persons in all areas of university operation without regard to religion or creed, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual identity and orientation, veteran status, disability, marital status, race, or national or ethnic origin, in compliance with state and federal laws, including but not limited to Title XII, Title IX, and the ADA. E-Verify, EOE.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to Review of application materials will begin on January 15, 2024 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.

  1. A 1-2 page cover letter addressed to Dr. Jerald Bricker (Biology Search Chair) cc’d to Dr. Adrianne Prokupek-Pickett (Biology Department Chair) describing your interest in teaching at a liberal arts institution and your qualifications for such a position.  In particular, address the ways in which you can contribute to the current biology major and share any other related areas of expertise you have that could enhance the major,
  2. curriculum vita,
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of excellence in teaching
  4. a statement of your commitment to diversity and inclusion, particularly addressing how this influences your teaching,
  5. unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and telephone numbers and email addresses of three references, two of whom can address the candidate’s teaching experiences.