We are hiring faculty for our new Life Science concentration and this year we have two openings – one for an Open-rank Tenured/Tenure-track professor of Biochemistry (https://apply.interfolio.com/65303), and one for an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry (https://apply.interfolio.com/65303).

We are completing a new Science Hall featuring 91,000 of advanced laboratory and classroom spaces (opening Spring 2020), and the successful candidate would be expected to help develop our new program and establish a productive research program that engages our talented undergraduate students. We welcome applications from candidates who can help us build our new Life Science that embodies the latest advances in learning science and trains students for future careers in medicine, public health, biology and related fields.

Position descriptions and links to apply are below. We are especially interested in any candidates who come from traditionally under-represented groups, as Soka University of America is strongly committed to diversity in our faculty and students as an institutional goal.

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

Any questions about SUA or our the positions can be sent to facultyrecruiting@soka.edu.


Open Rank Professor of Biochemistry

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a position for a full-time tenure-track Professorship (Open-Rank) in Biochemistry beginning August 2020. 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 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 Biological Science or Physical Science. 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.

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. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.  About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over 45 other countries.

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 or other chemistry courses, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Benefits / Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications:  Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy (which should also address how the candidate would fulfill the teaching responsibilities described above), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Bryan Penprase, Ph.D., Dean of Faculty and submitted directly from referees through the Interfolio platform. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check. All materials must be received by November 15, 2019.

Please apply by clicking on this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/65303 

Email:  facultyrecruiting@soka.edu


Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Soka University of America (SUA) seeks to fill a position for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biochemistry beginning August 2020. 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 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 Biological Science or Physical Science. 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.

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. SUA is open to students of all nationalities and beliefs and is committed to diversity in its academic community.  About half of SUA students have come from the US, and half have come from over 45 other countries.

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 or other chemistry courses, and will have demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

Benefits / Salary: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. All full-time faculty members are eligible for medical, dental, and retirement benefits.

Deadline for applications:  Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of teaching philosophy (which should also address how the candidate would fulfil the teaching responsibilities described above), evidence of teaching effectiveness, a one-page statement of research interests and three confidential letters of recommendation to be addressed to Bryan Penprase, Ph.D., Dean of Faculty and submitted directly from referees through the Interfolio platform. Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check. All materials must be received by November 1, 2019.

Please apply by clicking on this link: https://apply.interfolio.com/65338

Email:  facultyrecruiting@soka.edu