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Job Description: Furman University invites applications for one tenure-track position in Biology at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor to begin in August 2022.


The position is for a biologist who studies plants, algae, or multicellular fungi at any scale (from cells to global change) addressing fundamental or applied questions. Teaching expectations for this position will include introductory and upper-level classes in our department. The field of specialization for this position is flexible and should augment existing strengths in the Department of Biology. Interdisciplinary scientists are encouraged to apply. We are committed to hiring faculty members with diverse perspectives who will foster innovation in our curriculum, provide a rich and varied educational experience for our students, enhance diversity and inclusion in STEM, and advance the liberal arts mission of the university.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. by August 1, 2022, and show evidence of teaching excellence and commitment to establishing a productive research program that leads to publications with undergraduates. Startup funds will be provided. For additional information on our department, please visit

Upload all application materials as a single PDF in the order listed below at the website linked here. Submit a cover letter  (2 pages maximum); curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching credentials and philosophy (2 pages maximum); a statement of research interests and future research priorities that engage undergraduates (2 pages maximum); an initial research plan for work with undergraduates (2 pages maximum); a diversity statement describing how your teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service will contribute to a liberal arts community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values (2 pages maximum); all unofficial transcripts; and names and contact details for three references. Review of applications begins on October 15, 2021 and continues until the position is filled.

Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by a team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high-impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. Furman’s location and its proximity to the award-winning downtown in the city of Greenville provide ample opportunities for integrating field experiences into the curriculum.

Furman University is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create an anti-racist community through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming.  Numerous initiatives and programs are underway or planned to promote these ideals, including historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, and a new major in Africana Studies. The successful candidate will have the ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color, and be committed to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence.

The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including, but not limited to, gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits.

The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities, The Riley Institute, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities.

Furman is in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.