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Cornell University

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Cornell University invite applications for a full-time teaching postdoctoral associate to join a team of faculty and teaching assistants to further develop and assess pedagogical tools for the course BIOMI2900 General Microbiology Lectures. The successful candidate will design, implement, and assess improved strategies for teaching BIOMI2900. The postdoctoral associate will develop a Teaching Assistant (TA) training program, and associated training materials, and oversee the initial implementation of this program. In addition, the associate will coordinate with instructional staff in both the Fall and Spring semesters to develop and implement active learning exercises and other instructional interventions; meet with staff at the Center for Teaching Innovation to design assessment strategies for determining the impact of teaching strategies on student learning outcomes; coordinate with the registrar as appropriate to collect data for assessing student learning outcomes and for developing an assessment dashboard for facilitating assessment of student learning outcomes. The postdoctoral associate will be expected to contribute to teaching the active learning sections, to TA training, and as needed to develop and assess new teaching strategies. The associate will be expected to analyze assessment results and prepare these results in manuscript form for publication in the literature relating to teaching of college level science.

Required Qualifications include a PhD in microbiology or related field; strong background in teaching of microbiology, and knowledge of teaching research and pedagogy. This is a full-time position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

For more information and to apply, please visit the full job posting here. Qualified applicants should submit (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest providing, including a brief description of how this position relates to their career plans, and (3) the names and contact information of three references. Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Patti Brenchley at

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