Vacancy Announcement

UW-Superior is committed to making excellence inclusive in every aspect of the institution. Diversity, inclusion and equity are prioritized learning resources for all community members. We strive to offer quality programs in an environment of trust and cooperation that centers on the worth of all individuals. The University is seeking candidates who will contribute to the achievement of this goal.

Assistant Professor, Biology (Department of Natural Sciences)


The Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Superior invites applications for the position of tenure-track Assistant Professor of Biology beginning on August 27, 2018.  The Department is seeking an individual who will provide excellent undergraduate instruction, incorporate cellular and molecular tools in teaching and research, and work collaboratively to strengthen departmental and university programming in health-related fields.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:    UW-Superior is located in Superior, WI, at the western tip of Lake Superior, adjacent to the larger city of Duluth, MN.  Taken together, these cities comprise the Twin Ports region, home to about 280,000 people and considered the largest freshwater port in the world.  The region is renowned for excellent outdoor activities in all four seasons.  UW-Superior is a two-hour drive north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN metropolitan area, and a 5-6 hour drive from Madison and Milwaukee, WI.  UW-Superior shares the Twin Ports region with five other universities, colleges, and technical colleges.  The healthcare field is one of the largest employers in this area and UW-Superior is striving to become a leader in the undergraduate preparation of health professionals by providing high quality, basic and applied educational experiences.



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  • Teach courses in the major and University Studies as determined by departmental needs.  Courses include the two-semester Human Anatomy and Physiology series and Human Biology for non-majors (on campus and online).
  • Teach 1-2 upper-division electives in the candidate’s area of expertise that will support the pre-medicine and health concentration (e.g. Developmental Biology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Immunology, Microbiology, Neurobiology, Pathology, Physiology, Scientific Writing, or related courses).
  • Utilize cellular and molecular techniques in the classroom and research settings.
  • Work collaboratively on campus and in the surrounding community to strengthen the pre-health program.
  • Advise students.
  • Provide service to the University and community through, but not limited to, participation in departmental and university committees as appropriate.
  • Mentor students with research projects and internships, and develop an active scholarly program consistent with resource availability.


  • Earned doctorate in biology or a related discipline by August 31, 2018.
  • Two semesters of experience in college-level teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching and learning methods.


  • Experience or commitment in developing connections with allied health organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience or commitment to continued professional development in best practices in teaching and learning.
  • Experience or interest in developing and delivering courses in online and alternative delivery formats.
  • Strong oral, written, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to develop a research program in area of expertise.
  • Experience or commitment to mentoring undergraduate students.
  • A willingness to collaborate interdisciplinarily on campus.

The successful candidate will be dynamic, energetic, creative, and engaging. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to the public liberal arts mission and to quality teaching and learning methods. Willingness and interest in utilizing technology in the classroom strongly preferred. The successful candidate must be committed to the highest ethical standards and demonstrate effective leadership and teamwork skills. Candidates that incorporate issues of inclusive excellence and diversity within their curriculum are especially encouraged to apply.


August 27, 2018 or earlier.


UW-Superior offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including health insurance coverage for eligible dependents.


For additional information visit or contact Ms. Sandra Orr at 715-394-8322 or by email at sorr{atuws}.


Review of all complete applications will commence 4:30 PM October 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please apply online at UW-Careers and submit your application packet to Include:

  1. CV or Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Undergraduate Transcripts
  4. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
  5. A 1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  6. A 1-2 page statement of candidate's health-related scholarly/research/research interests, and opportunities for undergraduate involvement
  7. Names of three (3) references, their contact information, and the best time to contact them

Internal applicants: select the internal applicant link. Registration for account not required.

External applicants: select the external applicant link and register for an account:

How to Register for a UW-Careers Account:

  1. To register for a UW-Careers account, click on the Click Here to Register link to create your user name and password.
  2. Search for the #18-17 Assistant Professor, Biology (Department of Natural Sciences) position and click on the Apply Now button to submit a resume.
    • At this time, you will be asked to complete your profile. Please select Save to continue the application process.
  3. To submit your letter of application, unofficial transcripts, etc., you must add the document as an attachment by clicking on the Add Attachment link below the Cover Letters and Attachments box.
  4. Clicking on the Next link, please complete the required Online Questionnaire.
  5. After the Online Questionnaire has been completed, click Next again to provide contact information for three professional references, if required, in the References section by selecting the Add Reference link.
  6. Once reference information has been listed, click on Next to complete the How did you find out about the position? section of the application process.
  7. Once you have completed all sections, click on the Save button and then Submit button to submit your materials.

At any time you may select the Save button to save your progress. When you have submitted your application, ability to change materials submitted will not be available.

If you have questions in regards to the hiring process, please contact Ms. Sandra Orr at 715-394-8322 or by email at sorr{atuws}.

UW-Superior: A Special Place:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior is Wisconsin's public liberal arts college. Established in 1893 with a mission to train teachers, it later became a part of the University of Wisconsin-System, and in 1998 was designated as Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College by the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The University serves 2,500 traditional and non-traditional students and is dedicated to the integration of liberal and professional studies and to serving a diverse student population.

UW-Superior maintains its foundational teacher education college values through its emphasis on excellence in teaching, as well as service to the community and region. Its core mission is student-centered. The institution fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention, embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices, and engages the community and region. The richness of its programs creates a personalized educational environment that integrates theory and practice, liberal and professional education, teaching, scholarship, and creativity. The University has a significant investment in and commitment to campus-wide Liberal Arts High Impact Practices (HIPs) that includes a First Year Experience, Academic Service Learning, Global Awareness, Writing Across the Curriculum, Undergraduate Research Scholarly and Creative Activity, and a Senior Year Experience.

At UW-Superior, we promote the values of academic excellence, integrity, and community within a collegial environment. At the core of our values is the appreciation for, and examination of, diversity, inclusivity, and equity. UW-Superior offers day, evening, weekend, and distance learning classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of "final candidates" must be revealed upon request. According to the Attorney General, "final candidates" under Wisconsin law means the five candidates who are considered most qualified for the position. See Wis. Stat. Sec. 19.36(7)(a).

The University reserves the right to check additional references with notice given to the candidates at the appropriate time in the process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, the University does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

Employment is subject to federal laws that require verification of identity and legal right to work in the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

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