Assistant Professor, Biology, Tenure Track

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Work type: Full-time Faculty
Location: McDonough, GA
Categories: Biology

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Assistant Professor of Biology, Tenure-Track


Mathematics, Science, and Informatics


College of Professional Advancement

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McDonough, GA

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Mercer University invites applications for Assistant Professor of Biology, a nine-month, renewable tenure-track position in the College of Professional Advancement beginning August 1, 2022. 

The successful candidate will have a commitment to student success, working with students to encourage success in and enthusiasm for health sciences and facility in scientific reasoning. The new faculty member may develop innovative programs in support of undergraduate students enrolled in pre-health and general education science courses, and develop research as a high impact practice for improving student outcomes.

The individual selected for the position will have teaching responsibilities at Mercer campuses and online and will teach courses in support of undergraduate curriculum that is pre-requisite for nursing and pharmacy programs, and courses in general education life sciences.  Candidates with previous experience teaching adult learners/non-traditional students or interest in teaching adult learners are preferred.    

Primary responsibilities include: teaching microbiology, anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition, and/or biochemistry the equivalent of 21 semester hours each academic year; maintaining office hours and contact with students; advising students; attending relevant departmental, college, and university faculty meetings; participating with department faculty in promoting and maintaining the department and its philosophy and mission; developing research as a high impact practice for improving student outcomes; and working collaboratively with colleagues across academic units of the college and university. 


A doctoral degree in biology or closely related field from a regionally accredited university, awarded by the beginning of contract, is required. Candidates should have at least 18 graduate credit hours in disciplines of anatomy, physiology, microbiology, pathophysiology or closely related fields; evidence of or potential for exemplary teaching in face-to-face and web-enhanced formats and advising students; evidence of or potential for excellence in service; evidence of or potential for excellence in research, especially as a high impact practice that will improve student outcomes.

Preference will be given to those who have experience teaching non-traditional, working adult students in online, accelerated formats.  

Background Check

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Information

About the College of Professional Advancement 

Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement is committed to serving post-traditional learners. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to adult learners seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary experiences that integrate theory and practice. In addition to providing general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer, the College of Professional Advancement offers degree programs in areas including technology, public safety, public and human services, leadership and administration, healthcare and liberal arts. Programs are offered on Mercer’s campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as Regional Academic Centers in Douglas County and Henry County, and online. To learn more, visit

About Mercer University 

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education. With more than 8,700 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus; and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas County, Mercer is classified as a Doctoral University with High Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education and ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report. The Mercer Health Sciences Center includes the University’s School of Medicine and Colleges of Nursing, Health Professions and Pharmacy. Mercer is affiliated with five teaching hospitals — Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; The Medical Center, Navicent Health, and Coliseum Medical Centers in Macon; and Midtown Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The University also has an educational partnership with Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins. It operates an academic press and a performing arts center in Macon and an engineering research center in Warner Robins. Mercer is one of only 286 institutions nationwide to shelter a chapter of The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society; one of eight institutions to hold membership in the Georgia Research Alliance; and the only private university in Georgia to field an NCAA Division I athletic program.

Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience

Required Documents

CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, References

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants should complete the brief online application and attach required documentation including letter of interest with evidence of teaching ability, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references. Unofficial transcripts may be requested from finalists as part of the recruitment process. Candidates must redact any personal or private information including, but not limited to, social security number, birthdate, race, or gender, before submitting the unofficial transcripts. Official transcripts will still be required from the hired candidate as instructed in the contract letter. Other documentation, including letters of recommendation, may also be requested.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  

EEO Statement


Mercer University recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds.

COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Per President Biden's Executive Order, federal contractors and their employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Since Mercer is a federal contractor, all Mercer University and MERC employees are required to be fully vaccinated no later than December 8, 2021 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved by the University. New hires after December 8, 2021, will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination card or receive approval for a medical or religious exemption before their first day of employment.

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