Faculty Position in Organismal Biology at Bennington College

Bennington, Vermont, United States Full-time

Bennington College seeks an Organismal Biologist to join its faculty, beginning August 2020. Applicants must have a PhD in biology; postdoctoral experience preferred.

Candidates will contribute to the biology curriculum of the College and will be expected to offer classes in their area(s) of expertise, to develop courses that appeal to a broader liberal arts audience, and to teach in our post-baccalaureate program. The successful applicant will pursue an original research program that involves undergraduates; area of research specialization is open, but candidates pursuing research in animal behavior, neurobiology, physiology, development and/or immunology are especially encouraged to apply.

Faculty members at Bennington are teacher-practitioners whose professional work is in ongoing dialogue with their teaching and advising. Faculty teach five courses per year, and fully engaged student advising is an expectation. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to developing curriculum that invites the participation of students with a broad range of interests.

Bennington College is a small residential liberal arts college in southern Vermont, long distinguished for its progressive approach to higher education. The College was founded in 1932 on the principle of active engagement in learning, which is manifest in individualized plans of study developed by students together with faculty. We serve a diverse student population, and our faculty and staff also reflect diverse backgrounds and identities. Our aim is to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes, and we believe that equity, diversity, and inclusivity--in community and in curriculum--are vital to achieving those aims.

Candidates should apply below online by submitting: 1) a letter of application that describes teaching experience, professional work, and includes a reflection on the candidate’s potential to contribute to a diverse and inclusive environment through teaching, research, and/or service; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching statement that describes the candidate’s pedagogy and a description of a liberal arts course of particular interest to develop; 4) description of proposed research; and 5) contact information for three references.

In recognition of the employment challenges sometimes faced by academic couples in small communities, the College will also consider applications to share equally a single full-time faculty position. Applicants must each submit an individual application and indicate in their cover letters that they are applying jointly.

Priority will be given to applications received by September 30. This position requires the successful completion and acceptable results of a background check.