University of Calgary


The Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, at the University of Calgary invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Instructor in Biological Sciences, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. The primary activity for faculty members in the Instructor stream is in teaching and learning, especially in undergraduate programs. Scholarship (pedagogical and discipline-specific) and service are also expected, but form smaller components of the position.

The successful candidate will teach in and enhance the Department’s current undergraduate courses in the Biological Sciences program. These will include foundational (core) courses, quantitative courses and capstone courses. The foundation (core) for the Biological Sciences program, the largest in the department, is a series of first- and second-year core courses that span a range of topics including introductory biology, cell biology, ecology, genetics, organismal biology and biochemistry. The successful individual would contribute to teaching in and coordination of one or more of these core courses, according to their expertise. Descriptions of these core courses (BIOL 241, 243, 311, 313, 331, 371 and BCEM 393) are available at and learning outcomes for the courses are provided at

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to teaching in at least one of the core courses at the first- or second-year level. They would also contribute to teaching and developing quantitative courses, such as BIOL 315 (Quantitative Biology I), for students at the second-year level. Our BIOL 315 (Quantitative Biology I) course introduces students to programing with R and thus the successful applicant requires experience with R programing.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development and delivery of capstone courses that provide experiential education to students in the Biological Sciences program, through authentic undergraduate research experiences

and/or community-based learning.


A PhD in one of the biological sciences with strong working knowledge of advanced quantitative analysis is required by the time of application. The successful candidate will have a strong record of teaching experience and possess a broad knowledge of and interest in undergraduate biology education. Post-doctoral experience and/or direct experience with the scholarship of teaching and learning, or discipline-based biology education research, as well as authentic undergraduate research experiences or community-based learning is a requirement.

Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and learning as evidenced by established successes and use of contemporary approaches to teaching, a strong commitment to evidence-based pedagogy, and a desire to support student learning inside and outside of the classroom.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach to undergraduate teaching, and the ability to work effectively as part of a teaching team and within the department.

Application Information:

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online at the University of Calgary Careers web site ( via the ‘Apply Now’ link. Applications should include a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three references.

Questions may be addressed to:

Dr. Douglas Storey, Head, Department of Biological Sciences

University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive

Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Fax: (403) 289-9311


Application deadline is March 2, 2020. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In support of University of Calgary's promotion of a diverse workforce, the Faculty of Science is committed to showing leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion and nurturing a healthy and respectful workplace environment for all.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

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