University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Teaching Assistant Professor of Biology

Biology Teaching and Learning

The Department of Biology Teaching and Learning has two openings for Teaching Assistant Professors. We seek to recruit two enthusiastic and talented instructors to join our Department, which consists of 11 tenure-line faculty and 13 teaching faculty, located on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

The primary role of both Teaching Assistant Professor positions is to provide high-quality biology instruction in introductory biology courses (delivered in-person or online) with an emphasis on ecology, evolution, population biology, or physiology. The Teaching Assistant Professor is expected to be experienced in the use and development of student-centered/inquiry-driven teaching approaches that enhance student learning and further the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive (80%) but includes expectations for scholarship (10%) and service (10%), including engagement in research related to biology teaching and learning and provision of guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise.

Two renewable 9-month appointments available, one starting spring semester 2022 and the other starting fall semester 2022. These positions are newly-added to the Department roster and are expected to be long-term continuing positions, with opportunity for advancement to Teaching Associate Professor and Teaching Full Professor.

Successful candidate must possess:

  • Ph.D. degree in a biological science, with a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience in biological research or other relevant work experience.
  • At least one semesters’ teaching experience as instructor of record at the undergraduate level.
  • Demonstrated experience with active learning approaches to undergraduate instruction.

Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Sufficient breadth of biology background to teach a variety of biology disciplines.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with a background in ecology, evolution, population biology or physiology.
  • Demonstrated experience with non-majors biology courses.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop clear, appropriately demanding expectations of students, effectively meet teaching responsibilities, and achieve successful student learning outcomes.
  • Interest and ability to conduct pedagogical research.

More information and/or to apply for the position:

Institution: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Application Due: 4:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021; Evaluation of applications will begin October 4, 2021
Type: Full-time, Non-tenure track
Salary: commensurate with experience but expected to be $58,000-$60,000

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Last updated: 2021-09-27