Biology Department

The Biology Program

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To contact us:
Dr. Jenn Dearolf, Chair
1600 Washington Avenue
Conway, Arkansas 72032

The Biology Department of Hendrix College has the good fortune to reside in an excellent facility, have the breadth of interests among the faculty appropriate for a small liberal arts college, and to attract talented, highly motivated students. The Donald W. Reynolds Life Science Center  houses the Departments of Biology and Psychology. The Life Sciences Center provides a fully modern facility for teaching science, both in the lecture hall and the laboratory. The Center also has dedicated space for undergraduate research, greenhouses, and a small-animal care facility.

There are twelve biology faculty in the Department; our academic and research interests span the breadth of biological science. We differ from biology departments in larger, research-oriented schools in that quality teaching is our foremost professional goal and, because of our limited numbers, we must be generalists rather than specialists. While this means that we may lack some bits of a specialist's knowledge of a particular aspect of science, it also means that we have the generalist's love of biological science as a whole and the ability to impart this appreciation of biology to undergraduates.

Biology is a popular major at Hendrix College; approximately 35 to 40 Hendrix students graduate as Biology majors each year from a graduating class of approximately 220. Most of our graduating majors have participated in undergraduate research while at Hendrix and a large majority will go on to professional or graduate programs in biology or medicine.

Departmental Philosophy

As a Department, we are strong supporters of a Liberal Arts education, convinced that broadly educated students will experience greater personal and professional satisfaction than those narrowly trained for a specific job. This breadth of education is obtained by taking a wide variety of non-science courses and continuing that breadth of coursework within the major. Therefore, all biology majors must take a series of "core" courses that provide significant coverage across all aspects of biological science. Upon successful completion of the core, students take upper level elective courses in those particular aspects of biology that they find of greatest interest. Students are also encouraged to participate in a research project, either at Hendrix or using a summer break to work in a larger laboratory at a research university, clinical or industrial setting. Students are also strongly encouraged to participate in organizations and clubs, e.g., volunteer groups, the pre-professional club (AED) , the Hendrix Biological Society (BBB), BCMBjc.

Faculty Openings

Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology 

Hendrix College invites applications for a one-year term position for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology to begin in August 2017.  The College seeks to extend its tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship by attracting faculty who combine mastery of their disciplines with broad intellectual interests and commitment to the aims of a liberal arts college.  Responsibilities will include teaching an introductory-level biology course for majors, and introductory-level botany course, an upper-level botany course and a general education course in plant science.  Each course will include a laboratory component.  Doctorate is preferred :ABD will be considered. 

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the candidate's interest in teaching in a demanding liberal arts environment, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and copies of graduate and undergraduate transcripts.  In addition, three letters of recommendation should be requested and sent by e-mail to facultyrecs@hendrix.edu.  Address cover letter to Dr. Mark Sutherland.  Review of materials will begin March 6, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.  


Hendrix is a distinguished liberal arts college located in Conway, Arkansas, thirty miles from Little Rock at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  The College, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, has a strong commitment to excellence in teaching liberal arts.  Hendrix College is an equal opportunity employer, and all applications will be considered without regard to race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristic specified by law. The College is committed to maintaining an atmosphere of civility and respect for all students, faculty, and staff.