Term Assistant Professor of Physiology - Instructional Faculty

George Mason University   Fairfax, VA   Full-time     Education
Posted on February 23, 2023
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Term Assistant Professor of Physiology – Instructional Faculty


The Department of Biology at George Mason University invites applicants for a non-tenure track, full-time teaching position at the rank of Assistant Professor. This position is scheduled to begin in August 2023. The person hired in this position will be capable of teaching Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 124/125 and BIOL 430/431, as well as upper division and graduate courses relating to the field of physiology.


George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.


Statement on Diversity:

George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes Anti-Racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.


About the Department:

George Mason University (Mason) is an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS Silver-rated, innovative, entrepreneurial, public institution of national distinction. It was founded in 1972 and is a Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education “Highest Research Activity (R1)” University with research expenditures exceeding $200 million (2020). Mason’s enrollment is approximately 38,255 (with approximately 11,000 graduate students) with students studying in over 210 degree programs (127 graduate degree programs) from bachelors to doctoral, as well as Law. Mason is ranked #24 Most Diverse University in the United States (Diversity Index = 0.71; U.S. News & World Report, 2020) with 49% of undergraduates from underrepresented groups and 37% considered first generation. Located in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area, students study at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties.


The Department of Biology includes 12 tenured and tenure-track and 14 term faculty focused on undergraduate and graduate education. It maintains research facilities including a 1700 sq. ft. climate-controlled greenhouse and an active 80,000 specimen herbarium. The Department has over 1500 undergraduate majors and employs more than 50 Graduate Teaching Assistants as well as adjunct faculty. Faculty from the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, the School of Systems Biology, the School of Integrative Studies, and the STEM Accelerator Program also contribute to the Biology Department through courses and research collaborations.



Responsibilities will include teaching and development of undergraduate and graduate level courses within the field of biology, human and comparative animal physiology, and related fields. In addition to teaching lecture-based courses, this position will include teaching and developing laboratories and some undergraduate academic advising.


Required Qualifications:

  • Successful applicants will have a PhD in physiology or a related-field, evidence of teaching excellence and a commitment to education of a diverse student body; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the barriers faced by historically minoritized and marginalized students and faculty within the discipline or related to the position.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Special consideration will be given to applicants with expertise/experience across the field of physiology e.g. animal invertebrate or human specific physiology/comparative physiology, environmental physiology, and physiological adaptations.


Special Instructions to Applicants  

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F860AZ at https://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. Provide a statement (‘Other Doc’) detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are minoritized and marginalized in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Mason Science’s commitment to access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI).


George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.