Preparing for a faculty position at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI)


This article originated from discussions in a workshop held by the Primarily Undergraduate Institution Section of the Botanical Society of America (BSA) at our Botany 2022 meeting in Anchorage. We hope this article will provide some useful ideas and tips for people interested in applying for faculty positions at bachelor’s degree granting Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUIs). We recognize that our experiences are not universal. While our trajectories toward, and experiences in, our current positions as PUI faculty members may vary, we share Preparing for a Faculty Position at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution (PUI) a common passion for undergraduate mentoring and teaching in plant biology. Our perspectives reflect our experiences as botanists within PUI institutions, and while we offer these suggestions in the hopes of fostering more successful academic botanists, much of the content in the article could apply to other subdisciplines within biology. In this article, our intent is to share our collective perspectives to help others explore strategies about how to successfully chart their own path towards a PUI faculty position.

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Spring 2023

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