Assistant Professor, Plant Biologist-Univ. of Central Oklahoma

The Department of Biology at the University of Central Oklahoma seeks applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology position with a focus in Plant Biology to begin in the fall of 2018. The Department of Biology has a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate education through transformative learning and research. We are seeking a candidate who is committed to excellence in teaching and will establish a collaborative student-centered research program involving undergraduates and Masters-level students, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and serve as a thesis advisor for graduate students. Research interests may include any area within vascular plant systematics, phytogeography, and evolution, but preference will be given to applicants with field expertise and willingness to learn the local flora. Applicants whose research integrates field- and herbarium-based studies with modern genomic approaches are encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: Primary areas of teaching responsibility will be Biology for non-majors, Biology for Majors, and Plant Taxonomy/Systematics. Teaching responsibilities may also include Evolution and other advanced courses depending on the candidate’s expertise and departmental need. The successful applicant will be expected to curate and increase the holdings in the 15,000-specimen herbarium. Duties include teaching day/evening classes, graduate/undergraduate courses, scholarly activities, and service to the department, college, and university.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Biology or related field from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized institution is required; ABD will be considered, but the Ph.D. must be completed by June 2018. Demonstrable oral and written communication skills required. Experience teaching and directing research at the undergraduate level preferred.

The University of Central Oklahoma is AA/EOE. The University of Central Oklahoma strongly promotes diversity. For additional information and to apply for this position, go to The deadline to apply is January 15, 2018