Biology Chair

Aurora University is an independent, comprehensive institution founded in 1893 offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Our two campuses are located in Aurora, Illinois and on the shores of Geneva Lake in Wisconsin. Additionally, we have an Educational Center in Woodstock, Illinois. We seek people passionately involved in the educational process who will help us realize our vision.

We seek talented faculty who are passionate about teaching and learning. As a private institution, Aurora University expects faculty to be involved in the lives of students through mentoring, student support, enrollment initiatives, and other activities related to the college experience. To facilitate this highly interactive faculty/student relationship, the typical teaching load is three 4 credit-hour courses per semester and student advising is supported by professional staff. Evidence of successful teaching, or a strong potential for successful teaching, is required for all positions. Undergraduate faculty share in the delivery of the general education program, most often by teaching within the university's interdisciplinary core.

Aurora University’s STEM Agenda

In recent years, Aurora University has earned national recognition as an innovator in STEM education. Drawing on a unique vision of public-private partnership and the great resources of the Chicago metropolitan area, our faculty have developed ground-breaking STEM curricula for students in primary, secondary and tertiary education. The Department of Biology has been instrumental in this and other efforts to advance the university’s STEM agenda. The expectations of the campus community are high. The department works closely with the School of Nursing and Allied Health, and the School of Education and Human Performance. It further collaborates with the new Human Animal Studies program. In addition, Biology offers exciting majors preparing students for further study in graduate or professional school. Through its STEM and pre-professional programs, the university has attracted strong students from diverse backgrounds.

As a service department with a large number of majors in its own right, Biology will play a crucial role in our efforts to expand the recruitment of highly qualified students.  It will also be critical in helping the university achieve its mission of transforming lives through education. Many of our students are first generation and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Biology and our other STEM programs enable these students significantly to improve their lives by preparing them for careers in healthcare, industry, and in scientific research. Chicagoland is home to numerous healthcare providers, biomedical and biotechnical firms, medical schools and first-rate graduate programs in the sciences. We seek to prepare our graduates to take advantage of these exciting opportunities and thus for successful careers and lives.

The Biology Chair

(Applications submitted by 15 March 2017 will receive full consideration)

We seek a qualified, dedicated, passionate and innovative professional to become the next chair of the Biology department. The successful candidate will have excellent teaching skills and experience in supervising faculty. In addition to teaching, the faculty member will be expected to participate in curricular development, program assessment, student mentoring, and engage in institutional service, scholarship, and university STEM education initiatives. A Ph.D. or other terminal degree in Human Biology or related discipline is required. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate teaching effectiveness and a strong commitment to student learning.

All faculty positions offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including health, dental, vision, life, long term disability, a 403(b) retirement plan through TIAA, and tuition remission included for benefit-eligible positions. Applications must include a letter of intent including description of education, certifications held, and all relevant experience, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references including phone numbers (candidates will be notified prior to references being contacted). Electronic applications welcomed. More information can be found at

Please submit application materials as follows:

Hardcopy submissions:
Faculty Search, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs
Aurora University
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506

Electronic submissions:

Aurora University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to becoming a model university of the 21st century. Toward this effort we are determined to have a faculty, staff and student body reflecting the cultural demographics of the greater Chicago area.