University of Houston-Downtown — Assistant Professor, Biology (FAC002038)

Assistant Professor, Biology
Department Name: D0017 Natural Sciences


If you have any questions, please contact:
The department business administrator Ms. Andrea Guillory at or the chair of the search committee Dr. Mike Tobin at

Attach the following to the job application:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy that emphasizes instructional strategies and student engagement and includes your experience/plan/interest in teaching nontraditional students in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment.
  4. A statement of research including a proposed research project with a plan to engage undergraduate students, and the infrastructure and equipment needs for the project(s)
  5. A copy of all unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts

The Department of Natural Sciences at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Biology with a focus on plant or fungal ecology at the assistant professor level with an anticipated starting date of August 15, 2022.  UHD is a teaching university and tenure-track faculty teach 21 contact hours over two long semesters. Teaching responsibilities for this position include first-year biology and upper-level biology courses based on expertise and the needs of the department. In addition to providing student-centered pedagogy in all courses, this position requires the establishment of a successful research program that actively engages undergraduate students. The faculty member is expected to pursue funding to support their research and to engage in service activities that support the mission of the department and UHD.



Required attributes:

  • Candidates must have received a doctorate in biological sciences or related discipline from a regionally accredited institution by the time of employment.

Preferred skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Teaching and/or research expertise in plant or fungal ecology
  • Demonstrated active research agenda
  • Experience teaching undergraduate courses
  • Qualified to teach a range of undergraduate courses

About University of Houston Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown is a comprehensive four-year university offering bachelor’s and selected master’s degree programs and providing strong academic and career preparation as well as life-long learning opportunities. Located in the heart of the city, the University reflects the diversity of the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, and, through its academic programs, engages with the community to address the needs and advance the development of the region. UHD is an inclusive community dedicated to integrating teaching, service, and scholarly research to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society. UHD draws students from throughout the Greater Houston area. UHD is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community’s wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University offers all students a specially tailored opportunity for quality higher education, as well as small classes.  UHD employs over 1,100 faculty and staff. 

Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 44 areas and nine master’s degree programs. Over 15,000 students attend classes in five colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences and Technology; and University College. UHD boasts over 56,000 alumni and is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution.  As one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, UHD offers educational opportunities and access to students from a variety of backgrounds, including many first-generation college students, students who work full- or part-time, students with additional family obligations, and students who transfer from community colleges and other higher education institutions. The University of Houston System is a public system of higher education that includes three other universities in addition to UHD—the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria

Required Attachments by Candidate: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Unofficial Transcripts, Teaching Philosophy or Statement, Research Statement

Schedule: Full-time
Employee Status: Regular/Benefits
Job Posting: Oct 12, 2021, 8:29:32 AM
Closing Date (Period for Applying) – External: Ongoing