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Lawrence University


The Department of Biology at Lawrence University invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor as an Inclusive Education Specialist beginning September 1, 2020. This two- year position is being funded by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support inclusive STEM education. Responsibilities include 60% teaching in the candidate’s area of expertise (including but not limited to organismal biology, cell or molecular biology, ecology, or computational biology) and 40% as a pedagogical innovator. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with members of the Biology Department in building inclusive learning modules particularly for introductory biology courses. The successful candidate will have experience in inclusive learning pedagogies, including but not limited to the use of flipped- classroom activities, building decolonized curricula, mitigation of stereotype threat, or building agency and growth mindset in a diverse group of students. Laboratory space, funds to support research, and support for professional development will be made available. We encourage applications from individuals who will help us create a more inclusive Lawrence by: (1) further diversifying the faculty; and/or (2) demonstrating experience with successful diversity-related initiatives, creative activity or research; in addition to helping us to develop inclusive pedagogies to address the needs of a diverse student body. Candidates with a Ph.D. in Biology, Science Education, or related fields are welcome to apply.

Lawrence University is a selective undergraduate liberal arts college and conservatory of music located in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lawrence is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and provides a variety of social and mentoring opportunities for employees from underrepresented groups. The Department of Biology has excellent facilities to support faculty research and teaching, including state-of-the-art facilities for use in cell culture work and several model genetic and ecological systems, biological imaging, and plant and animal terrestrial and aquatic science research. Recent postdoctoral and adjunct faculty have been highly successful at obtaining tenure-track positions.

Application information

Candidates should submit the following at

(1) a letter explaining your interest in Lawrence and describing ways you can help Lawrence become more inclusive,

(2) a curriculum vitae, including names and contact information for three individuals who can be solicited for letters of recommendation (two of whom can attest specifically to teaching),

(3) a single pdf with separate statements on teaching, scholarship, and diversity; in their teaching statement, candidates must address their commitment to fostering a truly engaged and supportive experience for a diverse community of learners,

(4) graduate transcripts.

The position will remain open until filled; for best consideration, submit materials by March 30, 2020. See for more information about Lawrence and the surrounding community. For further information, please contact Judith Humphries (, Associate Professor of Biology and search chair.

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