Loras College was founded in 1839 by the Most Rev. Mathias Loras, first Bishop of Dubuque, who established St. Raphael Seminary to educate young men for the priesthood, but with the expressed intention also of providing an opportunity for higher education to the citizens of the area. The college has functioned under several names (St. Raphael Seminary, Mt. St. Bernard, St. Joseph College, Dubuque College and Columbia College), finally adopting its present name during its centennial in 1939.
Loras is a Catholic liberal arts college dedicated to the total development of the student. Small enough to be personal, large enough to offer a wide variety of quality academic programs, Loras College recognizes the human dignity of each individual and challenges men and women to grow with purpose and direction. Relating the rich liberal arts tradition to a changing world, Loras strives to develop active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision makers and responsible contributors in their diverse professional, social, and religious roles. The College has an enrollment of approximately 1,600 students and employs over 375 faculty and staff members. Although employee turnover is low, interesting and challenging employment opportunities do exist in a variety of technical and professional career fields. More employment information is available at the Loras College employment opportunities webpage: https://loras.applicantpool.com/jobs/.
Assistant Professor of Biology – Molecular Genetics
Beginning Fall 2021
POSITION SUMMARY. The Biology program at Loras College announces a full-time, tenure track, position. The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching a range of courses for the undergraduate major, including Introductory Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology as well as courses in his or her specialty. Candidates should also demonstrate a willingness to teach in the general education curriculum at Loras, provide academic advising to students, and supervise undergraduate research.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. A Ph.D. in Biology with a teaching and research emphasis in molecular genetics and experience in working with microbial systems is highly desirable. Ph.D. degrees in related fields will be considered. Demonstrated excellence in teaching is preferred. Ability to demonstrate knowledge of and a willingness to communicate current trends in the field to students and a variety of other constituencies is also highly desirable. Candidates will be expected to support the mission of the College and respect the College's Catholic tradition.
COMPENSATION. Commensurate with qualifications, education and experience. Fringe benefits include medical/dental/life/disability insurance, flexible spending plan, TIAA retirement plan, tuition remission program, family membership in Graber Sports Center/San Jose Pool, free admission to many college events and free off-street parking.
DIVISION OF Molecular, Life, and Health Sciences. The Division of Molecular, Life, and Health Sciences consists of 15 full-time faculty members and offers majors in biology, biological research, biochemistry, chemistry, kinesiology, a Masters of Athletic Training, and a Masters of Arts in Coaching Leadership. Additional Information about the Biology Program is available at: https://www.loras.edu/majors-programs/biology/
THE COLLEGE. Founded in 1839, Loras College is a Catholic, primarily undergraduate, liberal arts institution that includes pre-professional and career preparation programs, as well as several graduate programs. The Loras College community embraces the core values of truth, respect, responsibility, excellence, and service that define the way we work, behave, and relate with others. These values align with our college mission: Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social and religious roles. The student body consists of approximately 1,500 students, over 90 percent of whom are full-time undergraduates. The college is a wireless, laptop campus and there will be opportunity for developing technology-rich, interdisciplinary courses for the general education curriculum.
THE COMMUNITY. Loras College’s 60-acre campus is located on one of Dubuque’s highest bluffs, overlooking the Mississippi River at the junction of the states of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, about 3 hours west of Chicago. Dubuque’s population is approximately 60,000 and its nineteenth century architecture is woven into limestone bluffs and provides a picturesque backdrop to the river landscape. Many residential and commercial areas have been designated as historical districts to preserve Dubuque’s unique heritage. Its strong education base supports numerous cultural activities, and in addition, there are sporting events, shopping facilities, schools, and churches that are convenient to its residents. The climate has marked seasons with a comfortable summer, cool spring and fall, and a winter that encourages a variety of sports that have in recent years attracted a growing tourism industry.
APPLICATION DEADLINE. Review of applications begins on November 1 and continues until the position is filled. For more information contact Biology Search Committee Chair Dr. Aditi Sinha, email@example.com, 563-588-7231.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE. Applicants must go to: https://loras.applicantpool.com/jobs/ to apply. Please upload your letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts from advanced degree(s) awarded, and research statement. Have three letters of recommendation emailed directly to: Biology Search Committee, c/o Human Resources, Loras College, 1450 Alta Vista, Dubuque, IA 52001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The finalist will need to pass a background check before receiving a written employment offer.
Loras College is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an educational and work environment that is inclusive, rich in diversity, and supportive of all students, faculty and staff. Individuals from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Please visit www.loras.edu for additional information about Loras College.
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