The Biology Program at Adams State University announces an opening for a broadly-trained biologist to join a vigorous faculty committed to excellence in undergraduate education. This is a one-year visiting position, with the possibility for conversion to a tenure-track. Responsibilities include teaching lower-division lecture and laboratory courses in general biology, anatomy, and general education science courses, as well as a major’s course in evolution. Opportunity to teach one upper-division course in the candidate’s area of specialization. Teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester.

Candidates should demonstrate that they possess (1) a commitment to student-centered instruction (2) a commitment to furthering the university’s mission of Inclusive Excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students within the Biology and Earth Science department and across campus.


  • Doctoral degree in Biology; ABD or Master’s prepared candidates considered
  • Demonstrated commitment to achieving excellence in teaching undergraduates
  • Commitment to undergraduate laboratory instruction and research
  • Evidence of valuing equity, treating cultural and linguistic diversity as assets, and promoting inclusiveness

Preference will be given to applicants who possess/demonstrate:

  • Ability to teach Evolution, Entomology, Animal Physiology, or Anatomy at the undergraduate level
  • Experience using a variety of teaching methods

To Apply:
Candidates should submit a cover letter that specifically describes their qualifications with reference to the above criteria and provide examples. Candidates should address how they would work in a multi-cultural classroom and university setting and contribute to the mission and vision of ASU. In addition, applications must include the following:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A list of courses previously taught or courses you are able to be teach
  3. Unofficial transcripts of all college work (Official transcripts required upon hiring.)
  4. A list of five professional references
  5. Three current letters of recommendation

Materials should be submitted as pdf documents to Dr. Benita Brink, Chair of the Department of Biology and Earth Sciences at babrink@adams.edu

A complete vacancy announcement may be viewed at https://www.adams.edu/administration/hr/biology_visiting_assistant_professor_fs8008.pdf

Located in the beautiful San Luis Valley between the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges, in Alamosa, CO, Adams State University is a state-supported Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). The vast San Luis Valley is designated the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area ( http://sdcnha.org/js). At 7500 feet, the San Luis Valley is the largest alpine valley in the United States. Alamosa is located approximately 3.5 hours from Denver, 1.5 hours from Taos, NM and 2.5 hours from Santa Fe, NM. Alamosa has a population of 9500 with recently built elementary schools, a moderate cost of living, and affordable housing. ASU takes a leading role in local theatre performances and musical events and is in an area where the opportunities for outdoor recreation abound.

The university is dedicated to fostering Inclusive Excellence. Given the university’s mission and student body composition, the department is committed to increasing its faculty diversity and is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences, skills, and/or personal attributes that reflect perspectives not represented by our current faculty; we will give particular consideration to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings, or who possess varied language skills, have a record of research that supports diverse communities, or have a record of teaching a diverse student population. Additional information about the university and the department may be found at www.adams.edu/academics/