Biology—Faculty Position

Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota invites applications for a tenure-track, full-time faculty position in the department of biology at the anticipated rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. The department offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in biology, biology education, and wildlife management. This person will be responsible for teaching courses and laboratories in genetics and microbiology, along with other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. Other responsibilities include academic advising and professional mentoring as well as participating on university committees. Start date is August 15, 2024. Rank and salary will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before February 29, 2024.

Biology faculty collaborate closely with other departments to provide support courses for students pursuing degrees in education, healthcare, and criminal justice as well as supporting the general education program. Biology faculty are encouraged to host undergraduate research. Through the South Dakota Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN), opportunities are available for junior faculty to start-up a research program with undergraduates.

The successful candidate will:

  • Hold an advanced degree in biology or a closely related field. A terminal degree is preferred, but master’s or near-completion ABDs will be considered.
  • Have taught successfully, preferably at the college level.
  • Be enthusiastic about approaching teaching and learning in innovative ways that generate interest in the discipline and strengthen student engagement.
  • Be comfortable with, or willing to learn, the use of digital technologies to enhance student engagement and learning.
  • Be firmly committed to high quality teaching and to active, applied learning in the classroom and laboratory setting.
  • Have strong interest in maintaining DWU’s values of learning, leadership, faith, and service.

All candidates are encouraged to provide evidence of successful college-level teaching, including strong professor-student relationships, a commitment to student development, and to creative pedagogical practice. All applications must include a letter of interest, a 1–2-page statement of research interest that addresses the benefits of involving undergraduates in research, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses) of four professional references. Original transcripts and background check will be required before the university makes an appointment.

Please submit materials electronically via email to Ms. Janet Hayen, Director of Human Resources, Dakota Wesleyan University at Please write Biology in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Dakota Wesleyan University (DWU) is a private, comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church granting bachelor’s degrees in an array of disciplines and master’s degrees in business, education, and athletic training. The University’s mission is to provide a transformative learning experience that cultivates enduring intellectual growth, ethically grounded leadership, intentional faith exploration, and meaningful service. The University serves approximately 1,000 students from across the nation and around the world, including a significant number of first-generation students from the Great Plains region. Under the leadership of President Dan Kittle, Dakota Wesleyan’s profile is on the rise both regionally and nationally. The university recently completed a new building for the School of Business, Innovation and Leadership in 2021, following the construction of the 48,000 square foot Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center in 2013. In the fall 2018, Dakota Wesleyan introduced its Digital DWU initiative. This initiative focuses on creating learning opportunities for students that will prepare them to succeed in the digital world they will enter upon graduation. The initiative provides all students with iPads and supports faculty in utilizing technology to create a more engaging and inclusive educational experience for all students.

DWU is located in Mitchell, South Dakota, a town of over 15,000, nestled in the heart of one of the country’s finest outdoor recreation areas. Mitchell is the sixth largest city in South Dakota and home to the world’s only Corn Palace. The University is within an hour’s drive of Sioux Falls, one of the Upper Midwest’s largest statistical metropolitan areas. It is within a six-hour drive of several major metropolitan areas (Omaha, N.E.; Minneapolis, M.N.; Kansas City, M.O.).

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Dakota Wesleyan University is an equal opportunity employer and provider.