Instructor of Anatomy


The Department of Anatomy, College of Graduate Studies, invites application for a full-time (1.0 FTE) non-tenure track faculty position at the level of Instructor of Anatomy. The instructor will provide support for the Anatomy Department which is responsible for teaching four disciplines: gross anatomy, histology, embryology, and neuroscience. The instructor will mostly be involved with the laboratory portions of courses taught by the Department, especially gross anatomy courses with use of human dissections and prosections. The instructor will be also given the opportunity of in class lecture delivery. Finally, if desired, the instructor can participate in ongoing research projects or develop an individual project in the anatomical science field. This position reports to the Department Chair of Anatomy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

-Work closely with the Course Directors, the faculty, and Anatomical Laboratory Manager to successfully deliver the Anatomy Laboratory curriculum
-Teach in the laboratory portions of our gross anatomy, histology, and neuroscience courses under the supervision of the individual Course Directors
-Work with the Course Directors in all aspects of educational assessment (e.g., laboratory practical exams), including exam construction (e.g., anatomical labeling, proctoring)
-Prepare prosected specimens as needed


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

-A Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences is preferable. No post-doc experience is required.
-Alternatively, a master’s degree in Anatomical or Biomedical Sciences with 1-3 years of teaching experience is required.
-Expertise in and experience teaching a dissection-based, human gross anatomy course.
-While gross anatomy experience is the primary focus of the position, preference will be given to candidates with additional experience in histology and neuroscience as well as some record of scholarship in research.

Software Skills:

Must have proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of the job the employee is occasionally required to sit and frequently required to stand and walk. This job requires an extensive use of hands (fine sensory and motor functions are essential) and arms. The ability to talk and hear is also required. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. This individual will be occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently exposed to fumes or airborne particles and toxic or caustic chemicals.

Application Process:

Please include the following in your application packet:

-Cover letter
-Contact information for 3 references

Applicants may send inquiries to Erin Leslie, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, Department of Anatomy, College of Graduate Studies, Midwestern University, 555 31st St., Downers Grove, Illinois, 60515,

Midwestern University is a private, not-for-profit organization that provides graduate and post- graduate education in the health sciences. The University has two campuses, one in Downers Grove, Illinois and the other in Glendale, Arizona. More than 6,000 full-time students are enrolled in graduate programs in osteopathic medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nurse anesthesia, cardiovascular perfusion, podiatry, optometry, clinical psychology, speech language pathology, biomedical sciences, public health, precision medicine and veterinary medicine. Over 500 full-time faculty members and 400 staff members are dedicated to the education and development of our students in an environment that encourages learning, respect for all members of the health care team, service, interdisciplinary scholarly activity, and personal growth. The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, accredits the University. We encourage you to visit for additional details about our dynamic University.

The Downers Grove, IL campus of Midwestern University is located on a beautiful, wooded, 105- acre campus just 25 miles west of Chicago, IL. There is easy train and expressway access to the academic, cultural and recreational amenities of the city and greater Chicagoland area.

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