Department of Chemistry



Assistant Professor of Biology - Westminster

­Job Title: Assistant Professor of Biology

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Salary: Depends on Qualifications

Job Type: Faculty

Location 1840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT.


Job Description

Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, invites applications for a Global Change Biologist, who would bring their expertise and fresh ideas to a thriving program. We welcome applications from biologists who are seeking to answer questions about global change focused on any level from molecular to biome. The successful candidate will begin Fall semester 2017. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in this area, successful teaching at the post-secondary level, and a research program tailored to an undergraduate environment.


Our ideal new colleague will be committed to innovative teaching and learning in a student-centered environment. Teaching requirements include “Principles of Ecology,” a lower division core course for Biology majors, and participation in the team-taught course, “Introduction to Environmental Studies.”  The successful candidate will complement current faculty expertise and be encouraged to develop curriculum for Westminster’s new liberal education core (WCore) and an upper division course in their specialty area. The teaching load is 24 credit hours per year. 

The Biology Program has a strong commitment to student learning with innovative facilities, strength in interdisciplinary work, a rich history of undergraduate research, and high impact teaching practices. Our students graduate with critical thinking skills and experiences that support their next career steps in the workforce or in applying to medical or graduate school. We have a wide array of instrumentation and start-up funds will be available to the successful candidate.

Westminster College’s commitment to diversity and global learning is revealed in its core values, mission and vision statements, and learning goals. As part of our work to promote diversity in STEM fields, we are the only post-secondary institution in the state of Utah awarded grant funding by the US Department of Education to host the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program, and we’ve recently concluded a term as invited participants in the Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.  We seek colleagues who are prepared to facilitate the learning of all students, including those from groups historically underrepresented in higher education, such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students.


Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Global Change Biology or related field (completed by August 2017)

Successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience or preparation to successfully conduct research in an undergraduate research environment

A background in quantitative and modeling skills


Application & Supplemental Information:

A complete application will include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vita

  2. Cover letter that addresses your skills and experience prepare you to teach and mentor students from groups historically underrepresented in science (such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, and more).

  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy that includes your approach to teaching a first-year major’s course called “Introduction to Ecology” and examples of teaching excellence.

  4. Statement of Research that defines how your research will be successful in an undergraduate research environment and your mentoring philosophy.

  5. Reference List that lists the names and contact information of four professional references.


Please apply for this position at Review of applications will begin on October 26, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. This position is contingent on budgetary approval.

About Westminster:

Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster's unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enrich the college experience. For more information visit

Westminster College is committed to a diversified workforce, equal opportunity, and nondiscrimination. To this end, Westminster prohibits any form of discrimination or harassment based on race or ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, disabilities, genetic information, status as a veteran, or any other category or classification protected by applicable federal, state, or city laws.