We are searching for faculty for our new Life Science concentration and have four positions open for faculty in biology, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology and mathematics. Three of the positions are open-rank, and we welcome applications from candidates who can help us build our new Life Science curriculum and establish a new program that embodies the latest advances in learning science and trains students for future careers in medicine, public health, biology and related fields.

Soka University of America (SUA) is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging B.A. in the liberal arts. The university is committed to cross-disciplinary education and aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty and students through mentorship. An appreciation of the centrality of peace, freedom and human rights to the happiness of the individual and the world provides the founding impetus for the university and its mission. The University has some good ranking data as well – which are below (from USNews):

   • Best National Liberal Arts Colleges – #22 (tied)
   • #1 Financial Resources among National Liberal Arts Colleges
   • #2 Faculty Resources among National Liberal Arts Colleges
   • #2 Ethnic Diversity among National Liberal Arts Colleges
   • #11 Best Value School among National Liberal Arts Colleges

Below is our advertisement for the positions, which is featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications.

Descriptions of each of the positions is below, with links for more information and our application site.  Any questions about the positions can be sent to facultyrecruiting@soka.edu.


Professor of Biology (open rank)

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full time tenure-track Professorship (open-rank) in the Biological Sciences beginning August 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Program to be housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching new biology and interdisciplinary classroom and/or laboratory courses for these programs. In addition, the faculty member may develop and teach courses designed for students not concentrating in Life Science that meet the General Education course requirements in “The Natural World.” All faculty members also teach at least one course in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions see our catalog at www.soka.edu). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses. Applicants from all fields of biology are welcome, with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new life sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in biology, medicine and public health.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an appropriate area, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

More information and application instructions are available at this link:   http://apply.interfolio.com/54221 


Professor of Molecular and/or Cell Biology (open-rank)

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time tenure-track Professorship (open-rank) in the Biological Sciences beginning August 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Program to be housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching new biology and interdisciplinary classroom and/or laboratory courses for these programs. In addition, the faculty member may develop and teach courses designed for students not concentrating in Life Science that meet the General Education course requirements in “The Natural World.” All faculty members also teach at least one course in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions see our catalog at www.soka.edu). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses. Applicants from all fields of biology are welcome, with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields such as molecular and cellular biology, microbiomics, genomics, developmental biology, physiological ecology, immunology, neuroscience, epidemiology and related fields.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in an appropriate area, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

More information and application instructions are available at this link:    http://apply.interfolio.com/54105


Professor of Biochemistry (open-rank)

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time tenure-track Professorship (open-rank) in Biochemistry beginning August 2019. The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and interest students in small classroom and laboratory settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship. This position will support SUA’s new Concentration in Life Sciences and Pre-Health Program to be housed in a new state-of the-art science teaching and research facility. The teaching responsibilities of this position include developing and teaching new biochemistry and interdisciplinary classroom and/or laboratory courses for these programs. In addition, the faculty member may develop and teach courses designed for students not concentrating in Life Science that meet the General Education course requirements in “The Natural World.” All faculty members also teach at least one course in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; for course descriptions see our catalog at www.soka.edu). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses.

Qualifications: Applicants from all fields of biochemistry are welcome with preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our new life sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in biology, medicine and public health. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Biochemistry or an appropriate area, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization, such as organic chemistry and other chemistry courses, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

More information and application instructions are available at this link: http://apply.interfolio.com/54250


Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship in Mathematics beginning August 2019.  This position will support SUA’s General Education curriculum for Liberal Arts majors. The teaching load per academic year is five courses.  The teaching responsibilities include introductory-level courses in mathematics and statistics, as well as at least one cross-disciplinary course (Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster; see our catalog at www.soka.edu for course descriptions).  The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to engage students in small classroom settings and to develop a productive program of research and scholarship.

Qualifications: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in mathematics or a related field, and preferably will have postdoctoral experience.  Experience in teaching an introductory Statistics course, or an introductory Computer Science course, is a plus. Applicants should be versatile enough to teach outside their area of specialization, and demonstrate excellence in teaching and research.

More information and application instructions are available at this link:  http://apply.interfolio.com/54253