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University of California Santa Barbara

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The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology and the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a Program Manager position, at the rank of Academic Coordinator I. The Program Manager assists in administering course activities in the Introductory Biology Program consisting of a laboratory course and one or two lecture courses per quarter These courses have enrollments of approximately 800-1100 in each course every quarter of the regular academic year and 300-400 during the summer session. Thus, the program will administer between 2,000 to 3,000 students each quarter. The Program Manager provides logistical assistance to the operation of both lecture and laboratory courses. This includes: production of materials required for instruction and the preparation, administration, and scoring of lecture and laboratory exams. In addition, the Program Manager will work collaboratively with the Academic Coordinator II to maintain the grade books (for both lecture and lab courses) and correspond with students regarding lecture and laboratory administration. For the lecture courses, the Program Manager: 1. oversees the daily operation of lectures including live streaming, video capture, iclicker use and data processing, satellite room coordination, and assistance with other instructional technology; 2. produces the syllabi and other instructional materials and distributes teaching materials to faculty; 3. maintains the course websites (Moodle-based course management system), and 4. maintains attendance records for honors sections. For the laboratory courses, the Program Manager: 1. creates and maintains the course website (Moodle-based course management system); 2. manages online course components (web conferencing, Panopto, qauchocast, quizzes, etc.); 3. coordinates with approximately 20-25 TAs per quarter (4-5 in summer) and organizes the TA laboratory schedule and TA office hour schedule; 4. resolves student and TA issues related to scheduling, switching or adding laboratory sections. Additionally, the Program Manager will assist in supervising, facilitating, and evaluating teaching in the laboratory. The Program Manager will acquire and analyze data on learning measures in the lecture and laboratory by categorizing exam questions and using grading software to tabulate student responses across all lecture courses. A thorough understanding of the course material and objectives, and the ability to assess how material from different parts of the course(s) relate to one another will be necessary to complete this task. The program manager will work with the Academic Coordinator II to compile and analyze this data for presentation to the faculty. The Program Manager will be included in lab planning and assist with the supervision of both Student Research Assistant (SRAs) and lead Teaching Assistants to provide redundancy in management should any team member need replacement due to illness, vacation, leave, jury duty, etc. The Program Manager will report to the Academic Coordinator II and will work closely with all members of the Introductory Biology Program management team but must be capable of all duties with a minimum amount of supervision. This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Biology or a related field. The candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to integrate material from different parts of the Introductory Biology course(s) and understand how they relate to one another, for example by providing evidence of previously managing an instructional program in the Life Sciences. Candidates with prior experience coordinating and managing large (several hundred students) lecture/laboratory courses in biology are preferred. The ideal candidate will have 2-5 years of experience coordinating and managing large (several hundred students) Lecture / Laboratory courses in biology and have a thorough understanding of the course material and objectives. For more information and to apply, please visit the full job posting here. The departments are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. This position will start as soon as possible and will be for an initial period of one year with the possibility of a yearly reappointment. The position will remain open until filled.

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