The Life Sciences concentration at Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time visiting assistant professorship in Microbiology, beginning in August 2022. This is a two-year position. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to engage students in small classroom and laboratory settings. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching a 200- or 300-level Microbiology course for students in Life Sciences (LS) as well as other upper level courses such as Immunology and/or Epidemiology, according to the successful candidate’s expertise. In addition, one or more General Education courses would be offered for non-science students. All courses should involve students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year for this position is five courses. Research space will also be available to work collaboratively with students. We anticipate conducting a search for a tenure-track Microbiology professor at the conclusion of this two-year term.
SUA is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging B.A. in the liberal arts. The university is committed to cross-disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through 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. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community. About half of SUA students come from the US, and half come from over 45 other countries.
Qualifications: Applicants from all fields of microbiology are welcome with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new Life Sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in science, biotechnology, and medicine. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant field. Preferably, candidates will have teaching experience in Microbiology.
Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially with regard to socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity and have a willingness to facilitate the university’s mission to develop global citizens.
Benefits and Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.
Application Information: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae with three references’ contact information listed, unofficial transcripts, a one-page research statement, a one-page diversity statement which should also address how the candidate can incorporate diverse identities and viewpoints through their teaching and/or scholarship, and a one to two-page teaching philosophy. Applicants who could enrich campus diversity are especially encouraged to apply. Please provide contact information for three references. Three letters of recommendation will be requested prior to the phone interview through the Interfolio platform. All other materials must be received by December 17, 2021.
Please apply by clicking on this link:http://apply.interfolio.com/93962 by December 17, 2021 for full consideration. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.
Soka University requires all employees and students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If hired, you are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of your employment at Soka University, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide your vaccination record on your first day of employment.
Soka University is a private, non-profit, four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located on 103-acres in south Orange County, California in the City of Aliso Viejo. Soka University is nationally ranked in the Top 25 National Liberal Arts Colleges and Top 15 Best Value Colleges by US News & World Report's "Best Colleges 2019." SUA offers an 8:1 student/faculty ratio (average class size 12) and study abroad is included in tuition so that every undergraduate spends a semester living and learning another culture. Proudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs. About 60% of our students come from the US and 40% have come from more than 45 other countries.