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Washington State University - Assistant Professor; School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB)


161-NN - Scholarly Assistant Professor - Career

Business Title:

Assistant Professor

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Employee Type:


Job Family:

Faculty - Academic - Not OT Eligible

Position Details:

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation 21.14.3, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a medical/religious accommodation is available at Please contact HRS at or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.

Summary of Duties:

The Assistant Professor will teach lecture and/or laboratory courses in the School of Molecular Biosciences face to face and online (e.g., microbiology, genetics, and cell biology, biochemistry, science communication. Contribute to one or more of the School's scholarship areas through undergraduate teaching, research or creative activity, educational leadership, advising, or grant seeking in the disciplinary-based education research.

The School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) boasts three undergraduate degree programs in the molecular biosciences (biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, and microbiology), five minors, and a fast-track undergraduate to doctorate program ( The School takes pride in its use of high-impact teaching practices to foster an inclusive educational environment focused on the personal and professional growth of all students.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, biology education research, or closely related field.

• Experience teaching undergraduate courses in the molecular life sciences.

• Strong oral and written communication skills.

• Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and diversity in undergraduate STEM.

• Ability and desire to work collaboratively and work independently.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience teaching undergraduate courses online.

• Experience mentoring undergraduate or graduate teaching assistants.

• Familiarity with literature on undergraduate teaching and learning.

• Demonstrated expertise in discipline-based education research.

• Experience coordinating laboratory courses.


Washington State University, a member of the Pac-12 Conference, is among the 95 research universities nationwide with a Carnegie classification of “very high research activity.” With the main campus in Pullman, Wash., WSU is a land-grant institution with several co-located campuses and an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students. The University is one of the largest residential universities in the Northwest and Pullman offers a safe, friendly, small-town living environment. WSU has 105 undergraduate programs and more than 70 Masters and 46 Doctoral programs offered through ten colleges and the Graduate School. Washington State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and educator. Members of ethnic minorities, women, Vietnam-era or disabled veterans, persons of disability, and/or persons the age of 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and has faculty-friendly policies.


Washington State University's Pullman campus is situated in the rich agricultural area known as the Palouse, in eastern Washington. Pullman has a strong school system and a reputation as an excellent, safe environment to raise a family. Pullman is only eight miles from the University of Idaho at Moscow, approximately 1.5 hours south of Spokane and 5.5 hours from Seattle. The Pullman environs offers many recreational activities including skiing, fishing, hunting, whitewater rafting, camping, hiking, and rock climbing. Pullman is near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and near numerous rivers, lakes, and wilderness areas; including the Snake, Salmon, and Clearwater rivers, Coeur d'Alene, Pend Oreille, and Priest lakes, and the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness to name a few.

Additional Information:

Area/College: College of Veterinary Medicine

Department Name: School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB)

City, State, Zip: Pullman, WA, 99163

Department Link:

Monthly Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

FTE: 75%

Tenure Track: No

This is a temporary position.

Temporary End Date: This is a temporary position expected to end on June 30, 2023. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment.

Screening Begin Date: Application received by May 2, 2022 will be considered in the initial review process. Applications will continued to be accepted after the initial screening date.

Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.

Application Instructions:

Questions regarding the position or confidential expression of interest can be address addressed to Dr. Erika Offerdahl (, the search committee chair, or Laurilee Kramer, Administrative Manager, at

Electronic application submitted through include the document listed below.

Required Documents:

For full consideration applicants must provide the following:

• Application letter (2-page limit). Application letter should indicate the applicant's short- and long-term goals and outline qualifications for the position.

• Curriculum vitae.

• Teaching statement (2-page limit). The statement should reflect the applicant's beliefs about the teaching and learning process and include concrete examples of how these beliefs are enacted.

• Diversity statement (2-page limit). The statement should elucidate the applicant's professional skills, experiences and/or willingness to engage in activities that would enhance the university's emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.

• List of three references including name, title, organization, phone number, and email address.

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

To apply, visit

Washington State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Educator and Employer.

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