University Fellow for Faculty Diversity

The University of North Carolina Asheville Department of Biology invites applications for a University Fellow for Faculty Diversity in to begin Fall 2021.

The Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina Asheville, the UNC system’s designated public liberal arts institution, is seeking qualified applicants with expertise in entomology or invertebrate biology for a University Fellow for Faculty Diversity position that will begin in the fall semester of 2021. The Department is interested in expanding its opportunities for undergraduate research to include answering behavioral, evolutionary, or ecological questions using modern analytical approaches such as bioinformatics, molecular systematics, developmental, quantitative, or computational biology.

The candidate will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester (with some release time given to establish their teaching and research programs as described below); establish a research program that involves undergraduates; and engage in service to the institution, the community and the profession. Teaching duties will include contributions to our introductory courses in zoology and experimental design, and possibly cellular and molecular biology, experience with R is preferred. Additionally, they will develop additional upper-level courses within the candidate’s area of expertise, which may include existing courses such as Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, and Parasitology, as well as new courses not currently listed in the catalog. Opportunities also exist for developing courses outside of the department that contribute to the liberal arts core curriculum. Individuals with a passion for undergraduate teaching, and experience at an institution focused on the liberal arts are strongly encouraged to apply.

University Fellows will have a lightened teaching load, extensive mentorship, and support for the development of their pedagogy and scholarship. The term of appointment is 2 (post doc) to 3 (pre doc) years. Following this term, the University Fellow may be offered a tenure-track position in the Department. Additional information about the University Fellowship program may be found at this link:

Applicants should submit the following electronically at

(1)  Cover Letter addressing your interest in this position and how you are best suited for this faculty role. Please include your teaching philosophy, a description of your scholarly interests and the ways in which you engage or contribute to the evolution of your discipline and how your approach to teaching and scholarship align with the values of UNC Asheville.
(2) Curriculum Vitae
(3) Diversity Statement: 1-2 pages describing: (a) your experience in advancing diversity in teaching, scholarship and/or service; (b) examples of demonstrated leadership potential in the area of equity and inclusion; and (c ) your understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion to the mission of a liberal arts university.
(4) References: Names and contact information for three references from whom we will request letters of reference to be sent separately; these references should address your written, verbal and interpersonal skills; ability to teach and mentor undergraduate students; and potential to develop and maintain a successful research program.

Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Jonathan Horton (, 828-232-5152).

UNC Asheville is one of the nation’s top public liberal arts & sciences colleges with a deep commitment to teaching. We are the only designated liberal arts institution in the North Carolina university system and are the founders of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. We offer an extraordinary liberal arts education at an incredibly affordable rate (tuition is under $7500 per year for in-state students), all in the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC.

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The University of North Carolina Asheville, Department of Biology
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Jonathan Horton, Chair
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