University of La Verne: Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Biology

The College of Arts and Sciences aims to provide broad access and transformative learning that leads to life and community success. The core of our model for transformative learning is a teacher - scholar model and the La Verne Experience, a University-wide initiative that integrates evidenced based curricular pedagogies, co-curricular activities, and community engagement. As a holistic educational approach, the La Verne Experience focuses on Learning Communities, Theory-to-Practice, Experiential Learning, and Integrated Learning. Candidates will be expected to collaborate in departmental efforts with the La Verne Experience, including interdisciplinary approaches to education and innovative pedagogies.

The University of La Verne is a 125-year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in Southern California with strong emphasis on teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts, and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. The University of La Verne has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The University is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Job Description Summary

The Department of Biology at the University of La Verne invites outstanding applicants to apply for the Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair in Computational Biology- a full-time tenured-track or tenure position at the rank of associate or Full Professor. The specific field of expertise in biology is open, although interdisciplinary connections and a health focus is highly desirable. Examples of such interdisciplinary connections could include (but are not limited to) modeling of biological networks, big data analytics, and integration of genomic and health datasets for improvement of public health. The College’s Fletcher Jones Endowed Chair is provided by the generosity and philanthropic support of the Fletcher Jones Foundation. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching. Candidates must have a strong record of peer-reviewed publications and obtaining research funding. Candidates must possess a strong desire to teach undergraduate courses and establish research projects that provide valuable learning opportunities for undergraduates. The position includes a dedicated budget to support community outreach activities and research, so candidates should demonstrate an interest in community engagement.

Specific Duties

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the life and health sciences curriculum. Other responsibilities include: teaching a portion of the introductory course for first-year students, academic advising, mentoring, faculty committee participation, and the development of an extramurally funded research program involving undergraduates, with a focus on computational biology. The ability to teach biochemistry, genetics, cellular biology, and/or an undergraduate course in bioinformatics is desirable.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in a field related to computational biology and credentials that merit tenure at the associate or full professor rank. In addition, the applicant will demonstrate expertise in the field of computational biology with strong computer programming skills and/or experience with computer simulation, epidemiology, and/or mathematical-modeling with a background emphasis that could be applied to one or more of the fields within the Natural Science Division (Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, and Chemistry).

Preferred Qualifications

The preferred candidate will also have a history of active participation in professional development as evidenced by presentations and publications; display a readiness to work closely with undergraduate students and faculty colleagues through research and service initiatives; and exhibit the leadership abilities necessary to expand our distinctive, interdisciplinary, and increasingly health-oriented initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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last updated 26-Jan-2017