Ball State University — Assistant Professor of Biology

The Ball State University Department of Biology has one full time tenure track position available. 

The successful candidate will join the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in the newly constructed Foundational Sciences Building, which features collaborative space, a research library and computer labs, and cutting-edge teaching and research laboratories.

Ball State University offers generous start-up funding and strong institutional support, enabling new faculty to develop productive research programs. Faculty in the Department of Biology have been successful in publishing student-driven research in peer-reviewed journals and obtaining substantial extramural funding from sources including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Many faculty pursue interdisciplinary collaborations with other BSU investigators within the Department of Biology, and the Departments of Chemistry, Geography, Geological Sciences, Math, and Natural Resources and Environmental Resources. The successful candidate will join the Departments of Biology and Chemistry in the Foundational Sciences Building in 2021, which will feature newly constructed rodent facilities, imaging suites, collaborative space, a research library, computer labs, and cutting edge teaching and research laboratories.

Ball State University is located in the culturally-rich city of Muncie, IN and is within short driving distance of Fort Wayne, IN, and Indianapolis, IN. The campus of Ball State University maintains the David Owsley Museum of Art, which holds over 11,000 works of art. Also on campus is the newly renovated Emens Auditorium, which has hosted world-renowned artists, musicians, and shows since 1964. The recently revitalized Downtown Muncie hosts monthly arts gatherings (First Thursdays), numerous annual festivals, and the Muncie Three Trails Music Series. Muncie is also the nexus of Indiana’s longest span of recreational trails (the Cardinal Greenways), and the nearby Prairie Creek Reservoir annually hosts the Ironman 70.3 Muncie triathlon.

At Ball State University, Inclusiveness and freedom of expression are a part of our enduring values and inform all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Position Function: Will teach in high demand introductory course and advanced courses in Botany.

The successful candidate will be able to teach students from diverse backgrounds in introductory botany, plant taxonomy, aquatic botany, and have an active role in managing the BSU herbarium. The candidate should also be able to develop an externally funded research program that will advance the research opportunities of undergraduate and graduate students while complementing and collaborating with current faculty in the Department of Biology.

The research program should focus on any aspect of botany related to the listed teaching responsibilities. Our field biology concentrations are unique among our peer institutions, and, accordingly, we are especially interested in individuals who can excite and motivate students from diverse backgrounds in field studies. Candidates with experience in native plant conservation, wetland studies and plant systematics are especially encouraged to apply.

The strongest candidates will have a track record of teaching students from diverse backgrounds at the undergraduate and graduate level and demonstrated evidence of outstanding scholarship in the form of peer-reviewed publications and potential for external funding.

The Department of Biology benefits from strong institutional support, promotes collaborations amongst faculty, and shares core research and teaching equipment. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute to a campus climate that supports equity, diversity, and belonging. At Ball State University, inclusiveness is one of our enduring values and informs all of our efforts. We encourage applicants to familiarize themselves with our Inclusive Excellence Plan to learn more about our commitment and to identify how you might contribute to these efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Earned doctorate in Botany, Biology or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching.
  • Competency in current research concepts and approaches as demonstrated by a research statement, teaching statement and/or teaching evaluations.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated teaching ability in biological science using diverse student-centered learning techniques. 
  • Broad training in botany and systematics and evidence of scholarly activity, such as postdoctoral experience, publications, and successful procurement of external grants. 
  • Established research agenda that complements existing departmental research programs. 
  • Potential to increase the inclusion of more diverse undergraduate and graduate student researchers. 
  • Collaborative potential with existing faculty in the Department of Biology.

Apply online at: . Include the following documents with your application: Curriculum Vitae, Cover Letter, Teaching Statement/Portfolio, Research Statement/Papers, 3 references, and Inclusive Excellence Statement.

In the Applicant Documents section of this application, please provide an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500.

Names and contact information for three references will be required on the application.

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through 10/10/2022. 

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.

Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for our second century:

  • We pledge to provide a premier educational experience for every student.
  • We pledge to partner with the community to improve the lives of our neighbors.
  • We are dedicated to having a lifelong presence in the lives of our alumni.

And when we complement these promises with our commitment to our enduring values, we define that which makes our University and its culture distinctive.

Our faculty are collegial, collaborative, innovative, inclusive, and adaptive, both within and beyond one’s home unit. These attributes include commitments to collaborative discourse, interdisciplinary inquiry, and enterprising learning practices.

Our faculty are expected to be innovative, adaptive, engaging teachers across modalities; producers of impactful creative and/or scholarly work; leaders in meaningful service activities to multiple communities. We seek faculty members who are strategic thinkers, engaging our dynamic communities. We are committed to student and faculty success, impact, and access, within an environment that prioritizes inclusive excellence.  We inspire each other to be critical thinkers and responsible citizens, so that we can pursue fulfilling careers and meaningful lives.

Ball State University lives the values of Beneficence. We invite you to be part of our community.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:    

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.