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Instructor of Biology

Western Colorado Community College

Job Description

The Biology Instructor candidate will be responsible for teaching 12 credit hours of college-level lecture and laboratory courses each semester. The applicant will be expected to primarily teach nursing pre-requisite courses, including General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and/or Microbiology, with the potential to develop upper division courses in the instructor’s specialty. Courses are for both non-majors and majors at the undergraduate level. As part of the standard teaching load, the instructor will be responsible for some of the organization and preparation of their lab courses. 
The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester; while the emphasis of this position will be on in-person classes, it may become necessary that some assigned courses be taught via on-line, hybrid, or distance delivery modalities.  
• Teach 12 credit hours each semester 
• Utilize D2L for course syllabus and grade book
• Working with other instructors during lab preparation 
• Prepare and grade assignments, quizzes, and exams
• Active participation in department meetings
• Other duties as needed by the department
Minimum Qualifications Required: 
• Minimum: Master’s Degree in Biology (or related discipline) 
• Experience teaching 100-200 level college courses 
• Demonstrated enthusiasm for teaching
• Effective communication and organizational skills
Preferred Qualifications: 
• Experience teaching: General Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and/or Microbiology lectures and laboratories
• Demonstrated experience working with first generation and Pell-eligible students
• Experience working with diverse populations and cultivating an inclusive classroom environment
Salary: $45,000.00 - 50,000.00.  Commensurate with education and experience.  Excellent health and retirement benefits package: Click here for more information!
Department: Colorado Mesa University
Employment Type: Faculty
Application Deadline: To ensure full consideration, complete applications must be received by 1/5/2023.
How to Apply: Applicants will be asked to complete an online application by creating a profile and then providing personal and demographic information.  In addition, please be prepared to upload a:
• Cover letter
• CV
• Three letters of recommendation. Letters should be emailed to with the candidate's name in the subject line of the email.  
• Copy of transcripts for all degrees completed (if your transcripts include a social security number or birthdate, please redact that information before uploading the document.  Official transcripts will be required upon hire)
Direct Inquiries Contact: Carrie McVean,
Colorado Mesa University provides exceptional educational opportunities on a state-of-the-art campus located in Grand Junction. As western Colorado’s largest university, CMU serves students on its main campus in Grand Junction, its satellite campus in Montrose, its community college, Western Colorado Community College and via online offerings. Founded in 1925, it’s a dynamic university enrolling more than 11,000 students at the associate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.
At the heart of the CMU experience is an integrative and experiential approach to higher education that encourages students to think differently and empowers them to challenge assumptions. CMU brings students together with expert scholars and thinkers from different disciplines to make connections between ideas and gain the skills to solve the unstructured, complex problems they’ll encounter in life. Our focus is on providing quality academic programs, built on a strong liberal arts core that support students' interests and regional employment needs, as well as technical programs that respond to vocational workforce demands.
The Grand Valley is home to some of the best outdoor recreation in the state of Colorado and you won’t have to fight traffic and crowds to enjoy it. CMU is surrounded by the Grand Mesa, Book Cliffs and the Colorado National Monument. We have world-class mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and rafting.  In addition to a mountain resort that’s less than 45 minutes from campus for skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Living and working in Grand Junction, you will be able to explore one of Colorado’s best kept secrets.
Colorado Mesa University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who have a demonstrated commitment to improving the levels of access and success for underrepresented students within higher education.
Colorado Mesa University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community.  To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment.  Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.  Applicant must be able to verify U.S. employment eligibility.  Colorado Mesa University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a culturally diverse faculty, staff and student body.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment.  To request an accommodation, please contact the CMU Human Resources Office by phone or email.  You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed.  

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