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Utah State University


The Department of Biology at Utah State University (USU) invites applications for a dynamic and collaborative teacher and department member for a full-time Lecturer position beginning as early as 1 January 2020. This is a 9-month non-tenure-track faculty position at the Logan campus. The role assignment for this position is: 90% teaching and 10% service. Principal responsibilities include the teaching, design, and lead instructor responsibilities of the BIOL 1010 –Biology and the Citizen (Breadth Life Science - BLS) general education course at Utah State University.

In each fall and spring semesters, responsibilities will include teaching two face-to-face BIOL 1010 sections (enrollment of 200-300 each section) at the Logan campus, and coordination and assessment of BIOL 1010 statewide through broadcast, concurrent enrollment, and China/Korea courses. There will be opportunities to teach a lower- or mid-division BLS or Depth Science Course (DSC) (e.g., genetics, ecology, evolution, organismal biology) related to incumbent’s expertise. Core duties include continual development of the BIOL 1010 curriculum aligned with Biology Department learning objectives; preparing in class learning activities; developing student outcomes and administering assessments; coordinating Biology standards across all USU BIOL 1010 sections (statewide, and can include out-of-state sites); contributing to university and department service; demonstrating commitment to teaching and mentoring students from diverse populations; and supervising teaching assistants, graders, and undergraduate teaching fellows. The teaching load will be 12 credits per fall and spring semester.

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The Department of Biology offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree. Majors complete a core of courses that provide an understanding of biological principles. Upper-division courses provide integration, in-depth study, and an opportunity for specialization within the different degree emphases. Additional coursework in chemistry, physics, statistics, and mathematics provides knowledge and analytical skills in these important related fields. This position will play a lead role in providing high quality general education in the breadth life sciences to students across Utah State University. Visit for more information.


A master’s degree in biology or closely related field is required; ability to serve as a mentor, advisor and role model to students and graduate teaching assistants; ability to work productively and cooperatively with colleagues; and excellent oral, written, and problem solving skills. Evidence of proficiency in teaching is required, including a background in pedagogy.

Preferred experience includes additional academic preparation beyond the master’s level; successful postsecondary teaching experience and an ability to communicate effectively both in oral and written discourse; practiced experience with different learning technologies; academic experience in program and curriculum building, such as creating new courses, student outcomes, and course outlines; experience with courses for both biology majors and nonmajors is strongly preferred. Evidence of strong interpersonal communication and management skills; and a demonstrated ability to work with a diverse population.


Applicants must apply electronically, using the online system Applicants are required to submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, teaching portfolio (including statement of teaching philosophy and teaching methodology and examples of teaching materials), transcripts, and the names and contact information (including email addresses) for three references. References will be contacted upon submission of application and asked to upload a letter of reference to a box link. Applications will only be accepted through the online system. For further information or inquiries, please contact Nancy Kay Pierson, Search Manager, The Department of Biology has nearly 600 undergraduate students, over 50 graduate students, more than 45 faculty at 6 campuses across the State, 11 administrative staff members, and well over 100 hourly employees. Biology instructors serve over 4,380 students each year through our general education courses. The Department of Biology maintains a large research enterprise. Biology and USU fosters innovation and support of faculty in their efforts to enhance student learning and engagement in offering support of continued professional association membership, conference/academy attendance, and an Empowering Teaching Excellence program offered by the Provost’s Office.

More About USU

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 28,000 students (25,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students) on the Logan main campus, six statewide campuses, and 28 centers throughout the state. USU offers 162 undergraduate majors, 153 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. The 2018 rankings from Washington Monthly ranked USU as one of the top 30 national Universities and the 5th best public national university in the nation. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found at: A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good. The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region. Additional information about Logan can be found at: USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement ( USU is an AA/EO employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Learn more at USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program. Additional information can be found at:

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