Position Announcement

Chair, Department of Biological Sciences

This is a tenure-track position with the rank of professor or associate professor. The position is a twelve-month appointment with 50% administrative responsibilities and 50% faculty responsibilities.

Starting Date

July 1, 2020


  • A Ph.D. in a biological science
  • An understanding of and an appreciation for the diversity of biological areas within the department
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence with a strong commitment to undergraduate education
  • Strong leadership with effective communication and interpersonal skills
  • Hold the minimum rank of associate professor at an accredited four-year institution
  • Preference may be given to candidates who have academic administrative experience and who have taught introductory biology


  • Provide progressive and effective leadership of the department
  • Facilitate communication in the department in a manner that encourages teamwork and maintains departmental collegiality
  • Assume a leadership role in assisting, advising, and mentoring junior faculty especially with respect to the tenure and promotion process
  • Prepare year-end performance and assessment reviews of staff and faculty that are impartial, thoughtful, and accurate
  • Develop a Departmental budget that reflects the needs of the faculty
  • Identify staffing needs (Departmental administrative, tenure-track, and adjunct) and effectively articulate these to the Dean
  • Develop an effective and efficient teaching schedule for the faculty
  • Assist faculty in the development of active research programs and facilitate opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research with faculty
  • Collaborate effectively with other Departments within the college and university, as well as stakeholders in the community and surrounding region
  • Work with faculty to develop a long-range plan by identifying areas of potential growth and advocate for resources necessary to achieve this growth
  • Encourage recruitment and student engagement activities for future and current students as well as alumni
  • Teach 6 credit hours per semester and participate in academic advising
  • Engage in service consistent with the university mission
  • Other duties as described in the Faculty Handbook or as assigned by the Dean and administration


Commensurate with qualifications.

The University

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in The University of Tennessee system. The campus is located in northwest Tennessee, approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 7,300. The emphasis is solidly on excellence in teaching, undergraduate research and community outreach. We seek candidates who demonstrate a similar commitment. The Department of Biological Sciences includes 18 faculty members with approximately 250 undergraduate majors (over 25% of whom are first-generation college students), and offers a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with concentrations in cell and molecular biology, organismal biology, and ecology and environmental biology. UTM operates the Reelfoot Lake Environmental Field Station approximately 40 miles from the main campus. The department is well-equipped to support laboratory-based teaching and research. In addition, the Department provides service courses to all academic programs across the UTM campus. For more information, please see the departmental web site www.utm.edu/departments/cens/biology/index.php


Applicants must submit (1) a letter of application, (2) a current curriculum vita, (3) a statement of teaching philosophy, (4) a statement of administrative philosophy, (5) transcripts for all graduate degrees (official transcripts will be required at time of hire), and (6) names and contact information for 3-5 references. Applications should be submitted online http://www.utm.edu/departments/personnel/employment.php. In order to be evaluated, applications must be complete. The Search Committee will begin evaluating applications on December 2, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

UT Martin is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer. The University seeks to diversify its work force. Therefore, all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability or Vietnam veteran status, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Adjunct Faculty Position


Adjunct faculty position teaching labs under faculty supervision for the 2020-2021 academic year. Responsibilities include being the instructor of record for the laboratory, supervising students in lab, and grading student work. Depending on the course, other responsibilities may include prep for labs, generating quizzes or exams, or other tasks as needed. Adjuncts typically teach 8-10 two-hour lab sections per week. The current pay rate is $1,072.00 per lab section for each semester.

Adjuncts are needed for:

  • Introductory Biology for majors, “BIOL 140 Foundations of Biology: Cell and Molecular”
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II “ZOOL 251” and “ZOOL 352”
  • Nonmajors/nursing microbiology, “MBIO 251 General Bacteriology”


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology or related field.
  • Academic achievement in the area of hire
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to work independently

If you are interested in any of these areas, please email (1) a letter of interest including the course(s) for which you would like to be considered, (2) a current resume, and (3) unofficial transcripts (if you are not at UTM graduate) to Jennifer Greenwood (jgreenwood@utm.edu). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application will be reviewed immediately and continue until hires are made.


Additional information about the department can be found at: http://www.utm.edu/departments/biology/



Lecturer (one-year term, non-tenure track) in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Effective Date:

August 1, 2020

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a Master’s degree in a biological science or related field with 18 hours of graduate credit in a biological science by the time of appointment.


The successful candidate will teach introductory biology lecture and laboratory courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. This is a full-time teaching position (a maximum of 15 credit hours per semester) that does not require student advising, departmental or university service, or scholarly activity. Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated undergraduate teaching excellence.


Commensurate with qualifications.

The University:

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee System. The campus is located in Northwest Tennessee approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. The University of Tennessee at Martin has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 7,000 students. The emphasis is solidly on excellence in teaching. Additional information about the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Department of Biological Sciences can be found at www.utm.edu/departments/biology/


Interested persons must submit an online application at http://www.utm.edu/departments/personnel/employment.php. Applicant must attach a letter of application, a current vita, a statement of teaching philosophy, and an official transcript for the terminal degree. In addition, applicants will need to arrange for three original, current letters of reference to be sent independently as hard copies or PDF files to: Dr. Tom Blanchard, Search Committee Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, 315 Brehm Hall, 574 University Street, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Martin, TN 38238 or tblanch@utm.edu. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Closing Date:

The Search Committee will begin evaluating complete applications June 1, 2020 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.


The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Programs of Study

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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