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Assistant Professor of Biology

Date Posted: 10/08/2012

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Biology beginning August 2013.  The teaching responsibilities of the faculty member will include developing at least one 3-credit course with a laboratory component for non-major liberal arts students fulfilling their degree requirement in the natural sciences.  In addition, the faculty member will develop at least one 4-credit course with a laboratory component for students pursuing studies requiring foundational knowledge of biology.  All faculty members are also expected to teach at least one course in SUA’s integrated cross disciplinary general education curriculum (Core, Modes, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions, see our catalog at under the Academics and Registrar tabs). The teaching load per academic year is five courses (two per 13-week semester and one in a 3 or 3.5-week block).  The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship involving students.  Candidates with a specialization in any area of Biology will be considered.

SUA is a very selective four-year institution offering a challenging program in the liberal arts with a focus on the Pacific Basin. The university is committed to an integrated cross disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students by encouraging mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, freedom and human rights to the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission.


Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an appropriate area, be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization, and demonstrate excellence in teaching and research.

Benefits / Salary:

Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All regular faculty members are eligible for full medical, dental and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications, January 15, 2013. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy (including a statement addressing how the candidate would fulfill the teaching responsibilities described above), a one-page statement of research interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  Applicants must arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly from referees to:

Biology Position c/o:
Edward M. Feasel, Ph.D.
Dean of Faculty
Soka University of America
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Fax: (949) 480-4263

Soka University of America is an equal opportunity employer.

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