Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Biology

Position Details

Appointment Appointment: August 15, 2020 or as negotiated

Position Summary

The Department of Natural Sciences at Northwest University invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2020. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry or a related field (ABD or Master’s Degree considered) and have a proven track record as an adept teacher of undergraduate students. Interest in developing a research program that emphasizes undergraduate research and in helping to lead international trips in science is highly beneficial. This full-time position involves teaching 24 credits a year. 

Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging and culturally-engaged faith. Candidates with experience and evidence of mentoring diverse students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences, are preferred. 

Application review will begin December, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will occur in January 2020. Members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in the Natural Sciences Department.
  • Advise undergraduate students.
  • Work with the program chair and dean to revise science curriculum as needed.
  • Develop new courses in the candidate's area of research and teaching.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.
  • Engage in scholarship related to his or her field of study.


  • Ph.D. in in Biology, Biochemistry or a related field. Highly qualified candidates with an ABD and/or Master’s Degree will be considered
  • Undergraduate-level teaching experience, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.
  • A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with other disciplines and departments.
  • A demonstrated, vibrant evangelical faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University.
  • Willingness to apply a faith-based worldview to course design, instruction, and advising.


Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule starting at the assistant professor rank.

Application Requirements

For full consideration, please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae (including a list of courses taught)
  • Teaching philosophy
  • A list of three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to the field of Biology or other related areas of study.
  • A brief narrative describing the candidate’s personal faith journey and church involvements.
  • A one-page research statement which outlines research projects suitable for undergraduates.

Applications may be submitted by email as PDF attachments to Dr. Sarah Drivdahl, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at sarah.drivdahl@northwestu.edu.

Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International. The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. In addition, the School of Nursing has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. The University is also approved by the Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification. It is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Northwest University's doctoral program in counseling psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

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