The Department of Biology in the College of Science and Health at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (UWL) invites applications for an academic year, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Mycology. Our new colleague will teach or co-teach Mycology courses including General Mycology and/or Medical Mycology, and depending upon expertise, teach Biology core courses such as Organismal Biology, Ecology, Genetics, and/or Cell Biology.

The successful candidate may also teach existing elective courses and/or develop elective courses that complement our existing curriculum. We seek an engaging teacher/scholar with a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and with the potential to develop an externally-funded research program involving undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) students.

Reasonable Accommodations
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All position descriptions are required to provide physical demands and working condition/environment and may not be published in the job announcement. For information on the physical demands and/or working conditions/environment for this position, please contact Human Resources at or 608.785.8013.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related field
  • Prior college-level teaching experience
  • Research expertise in an area of fungal biology
  • Expertise in mycology
  • Experience with diversity/inclusivity issues
  • Experience teaching plant- and fungal-related course
  • Experience teaching core biology courses
  • Evidence of teaching potential/performance
  • Experience teaching medical mycology 
  • Potential to conduct a successful research program
  • Research interests conducive to undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) mentorship
  • Record of research publications
  • Record of presentations of research
  • Grants/fellowships/awards
  • Active membership & service, prof. orgs.
  • Prior University service and community outreach

You may potentially be eligible for benefits that could add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:

  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • paid holidays and sick days.
  • sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL.
  • after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
  • benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.

Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

Information about UWL and the Surrounding Region

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.

With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education.

The UW-La Crosse campus is in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

AA/EO Statement
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply. UWL, in compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

DEI Statement
UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by (ACO).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (Clery Act)
For the UWL Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports (i.e., Clery Report), which includes statistics about reported crimes and information about campus security policies, contact the University Police Department at 608.785.9000.

The Biology Department at UWL values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We are seeking a colleague who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and inspirational mentor for students with varied backgrounds, preparation, and career goals. Our department’s achievements in teaching and undergraduate research have been recognized through a UW System Regents Teaching Excellence Award, as well as state and national teaching awards to individuals. Additionally, the faculty members in our department have had success in obtaining external and internal funding to develop productive research programs that involve both undergraduate and graduate students.

We work closely with other departments, as well as local and regional organizations, including the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Army Corps of Engineers, WiSys (UW System Technology Transfer), Mayo and Gundersen Health Systems, and the US Geological Survey Upper Mississippi Environmental Sciences Center. Our highly productive and collegial faculty and staff create a supportive atmosphere for professional and personal achievement. Our new Prairie Springs Science Center and herbarium facilities provide an excellent setting for collaborative research projects. UWL has a national reputation for excellence in mycology education and research. UWL mycology faculty and students regularly participate in local and regional field activities including the A.H. Smith Lake States Mycological Foray and the Driftless Area BioBlitz. La Crosse is located within the Driftless region, with a unique geological history that provides outstanding opportunities for field research and outdoor recreation.

Application deadlines
TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION: Priority consideration is given to those candidates who apply by the listed ‘First Review Date’.
Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated, and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process. Incomplete and/or late application materials may not receive consideration. If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

Confidentiality of Applicant Materials
UWL is a state agency and subject to Wisconsin’s Open Records Law. UWL will not, however, reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing except as may be required by Wisconsin’s Open Records law. In certain circumstances, the identities of “final candidates” and/or the identity of the appointed applicant must be revealed upon request.

CBC & Reference Check Policy
All candidates for employment are subject to a pre-employment screening which includes a criminal background check, work authorization, and verification of education. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

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