Marine Mammal Science Job Openings

Term Assistant Professor of Biology

Job Category: Faculty Level Positions
Date Posted:

Kenai Peninsula College is accepting applications for a Term Assistant Professor of Biology at its Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska.

We are looking for a colleague who has a passion for working with students who would be those taking 300- and 400- level courses in our unique Semester by the Bay Program, as well as students just beginning their higher education studies in biology. Expected courses include: Marine Mammal Biology and lab, Advanced Skeletal Articulation, Marine Mammals of Alaska and lab, Internship in Biology, and Anatomy and Physiology and lab.

This position supports the University of Alaska bipartite mission which includes a 5-part workload with four parts teaching and one part university/community service. This position accommodates a schedule with options to teach day, evening, in-person, hybrid, and online classes. Many of the Semester by the Bay courses include experiential and field trip activities.

Professional interpersonal and communication skills are a must to thrive in an environment involving a variety of cultures, backgrounds and age levels. We prefer candidates with experience teaching biology courses, especially to a wide variety of student populations using innovative student-centered teaching practices, current teaching technologies, learning management systems (such as blackboard) and distance delivery methodology. Our preferred candidate will have significant graduate-level education in marine mammal biology, ideally in anatomy, ecology, or behavior, as well as interest supporting the health professions by teaching online A&P. You will be a productive member of a small faculty department, taking on diverse tasks such as mentoring students, planning field trips, and community service, including involvement in other professional and/or academic organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

You will need a PhD in Biology or a related field from a regionally accredited university and completed by the employment start date in August of 2024.

Position Details:

This position is located on the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. This is a full-time, 9-month, term faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options and tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Salary based upon level of academic appointment, applicable academic preparation and experience.

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date of March 17, 2024, 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time. The search committee may choose to leave the position open but has the option to close it at any time after the review date.

Please submit your online application and electronically attach a cover letter, comprehensive vitae, *unofficial transcripts, three (3) professional references, and a philosophy of teaching statement as related to the teaching of composition.

*Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.

KPC will conduct the first set of interviews on zoom. Candidates moving to in-person interviews will participate in a question and answer session, provide a 15-minute presentation showcasing a biological sciences portfolio and a 15-minute teaching presentation pertaining to a 100- and 200- biological science-related topic typically delivered in a classroom.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who understand the diversity present in Alaska, our local community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.


This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC).

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

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If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Marci Lea, HR Coordinator, at or 907.262.0318.