What does an Assistant Professor, Biology do?

Professors of biology teach courses on subjects related to biology at the postsecondary level, mainly at a college or university. They explain concepts and processes, and may demonstrate experiments or other testing procedures. They develop creative strategies for making the concepts exciting and relevant for students in order to engage them in the materials. They perform research, and also guide and supervise students in conducting their own research. They may also serve as an advisor or participate in university or department committees or boards.

Professors of biology typically have a doctorate degree in biology or a related discipline, although in some cases a master’s degree and extensive professional experience may be acceptable. Teaching experience in a collegiate setting is preferred. Experience using distance learning platforms is helpful.

What responsibilities are common for Assistant Professor, Biology jobs?
  • Student mentoring, ongoing course development, and assessment.
  • Provide quality instruction (developmental, multicultural, applied learning) and support to a diverse student body and manage instructional planning and presentation, incorporating critical thinking and general education outcomes in the discipline's course content.
  • Serve as an effective teacher across the range of course offerings including non-majors as well as introductory and upper level courses with laboratories.
  • Be prepared to mentor students as an advisor.
  • Play an important role in the continuous improvement and overall success of the course.
  • Post syllabus, assignments and other materials and to communicate with students.
  • Advise and assist students through office hours or scheduled appointments, by videoconference, phone or email, and through other University-approved mechanisms.
What are the typical qualifications for Assistant Professor, Biology jobs?
  • Graduate's Degree in related subject or field.
  • A leader, critical thinker, and excellent communicator.
  • Collaboration and time management skills alongside adaptability and continuous improvement.
  • Can conduct lectures and labs with confidence and assist students in need.
  • Is a professional at all times.
  • Comfortable with problem analysis and program design tasks and exercises.
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does an Assistant Professor, Biology make?

$117,036 /yr
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University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville
Assistant Professor of Biology
May 18, 2021

“Good place to grow career”

Anne Arundel Community CollegeAnne Arundel Community College
Professor of Biology
Aug 21, 2022

“Wonderful people to work with.”

Mossakowski Medical Research Centre PAS
Assistant Professor, Biology
Aug 25, 2021

“Low payment if not from a project.”

Waubonsee Community CollegeWaubonsee Community College
Associate Professor of Biology
Sep 16, 2022

“Nice faculty to work with.”

Mossakowski Medical Research Centre PAS
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Aug 25, 2021

“Social bonuses.”

Louisburg CollegeLouisburg College
Associate Professor of Biology
May 2, 2021

“Terrible pay.”

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When working as an Assistant Professor, Biology, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, Microsoft Office Suite, PHD, CPR Certified, and English.

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