Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Assistant Teaching Professor - Biology-First-Year Research Initiative Coordinator

Department of Biology

The Department of Biology at The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) invites applications for a non-tenure track assistant/associate teaching professor starting in the Fall 2023.

As coordinator of the First-Year Research Initiative (FRI) laboratories, the candidate will collaborate with a team of undergraduate Teaching Assistants and faculty to facilitate an undergraduate research experience across two semesters and multiple laboratory sections. As part of the FRI team, the candidate will mentor first-year students in an inquiry-driven laboratory environment focused on independent research skills associated with Fall semester Introductory Biology (BIOL 110) and Spring semester Molecules and Cells (BIOL230W). Lastly, as FRI coordinator, the candidate will establish relationships with tenure-track faculty to partner with students on authentic research in the Spring semester.

Additional responsibilities will include teaching, as part of a team, in the BIOL110 and BIOL230W lecture. BIOL 110 covers basic concepts and biodiversity, while BIOL230W covers the introduction to basic principles of cell and molecular biology. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in these topical areas and experience with using active learning and other best practices in large lecture settings.

Biology teaching faculty at PSU are typically on 36-week appointments with a 15-credit equivalency, which in this case is teaching in two introductory courses and the FRI laboratories associated with those courses, in addition of two semesters of FRI laboratory coordination. Additional responsibilities may include recruiting and training laboratory teaching assistants and lecture learning assistants to be effective members of an instructional team, creating/implementing inquiry-based class exercises, and assisting with curriculum design and assessment. This position is initially for the 2023/2024 academic year and will be evaluated for renewal and extension after successful completion of year 1. Innovative, effective contributions to the instructional mission of the department can lead to continuation in a multiyear appointment. Promotion through instructional ranks is available for this position.

The ideal candidate will have a Master's Degree with Ph.D. preferred in a Biological field with some experience publishing original research and at least two years of teaching experience in relevant courses. A demonstrated interest in pedagogy and the application of research-based teaching methods is highly desirable. Undergraduate teaching experience that implements active learning strategies is required and documented excellence in teaching is important.

Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, concise statement of teaching/ teaching research philosophy and experience, relevant teaching evaluation summary, and the names and contact information of three professional references. Full review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

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Last updated: 2022-07-21