Coordinator: Freshman Biology

Position: The department of biology at Presbyterian College invites applications for a tenure-track position as coordinator of the freshman biology program starting the Fall 2014 academic year. This position concerns all aspects of managing a two-semester freshman biology program, lecture and laboratory. Duties of the position include: developing contemporary curricula in the life sciences, course planning and organization, and coordinating lab assistants for the general biology program. The successful candidate will 1) hold a terminal degree in the life sciences, 2) have prior experience teaching introductory biology at the college level, and 3) be committed to a career teaching undergraduates.

Department: The biology department consists of nine full-time faculty positions, representing interests in five major areas of biology: organismal biology, cell and molecular biology/genomics, plant sciences, animal structure and function, and evolutionary biology/ecology. The department holds affiliations with several field stations and research institutions, and strives to engage undergraduates in research as a teaching method. The biology department also maintains an active summer program of natural history courses worldwide. For further information about the department, see  http://www.presby.edu/biology

The College: Founded in 1880, Presbyterian College is a four-year undergraduate, selective, residential liberal arts college. Its 240-acre, neo-Georgian campus includes several buildings on the National Register. The College offers 26 majors and a variety of minors, several of them interdisciplinary. It is currently implementing a new general education program that includes a freshman seminar and a senior capstone course. It is also the home of a Confucius Institute. It has a long-standing Honor tradition and a required concert and lecture series. The College is easily accessible by interstate highways; it is 40 miles from Greenville, 35 miles from Spartanburg, and 50 miles from Columbia.

The Faculty: The faculty consists of 89 full-time members, 95% of whom hold terminal degrees. The student faculty ratio is 13:1. Faculty teach 7 courses per year; the average class size is 15. Six faculty have been selected as the South Carolina CASE Professor of the Year; seven have been awarded Fulbright Fellowships. Faculty are supported by a generous development program.

The Student Body: The College is projected to enroll over 1196 students, with a record sized entering class of 364. The average SAT score of this class is 1136; the average high school GPA is 3.4 (on a recalculated 4.0 scale). Sixty-four percent are from South Carolina. Presbyterian College students have been the recipients of the Rhodes, Hansard, and Javits Fellowships. The College has a large student volunteer program, Student Volunteer Services, begun in the 1970s.

The Religious Affiliation: The College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

It welcomes faculty of any Christian denomination as well as faculty of other religious traditions. It is known for Celtic Cross, a program of cultivation for lay leadership that has served as a model for several other colleges.

Application: Please send an application ( by e-mail as a single PDF file) that includes a cover letter, a current vita, a statement of research and teaching interests, and the contact information for three professional references to: Dr. James T. Wetzel, Chair: Biology Department, Presbyterian College, (jwetzel@presby.edu).  Applications will be received until November 15th.