Utah State University - Lecturer; Department of Biology

Overview

The Department of Biology at Utah State University (www.biology.usu.edu) seeks a full-time, 9-month, non-tenure-track Lecturer to serve a lead role teaching Introductory Biology I and II, BIOL 1610 and BIOL 1620. The position appointment is 90% teaching and 10% service with a proposed start date of 1 July 2022.


Responsibilities

As lead instructor, the Lecturer will be responsible for development, design, instruction, grading, and assessment of all sections of these high enrollment courses taught on the Logan campus (550-1022 students per course during past 5 years). The Lecturer will coordinate course content and learning objectives with the lead instructor of the complementary Introductory Biology I and II Laboratory courses (BIOL 1615 and 1625) to enhance students’ learning experiences. The Lecturer will manage the course Canvas site and communications with students, including supervision of undergraduate teaching fellows and assistants, and supplemental instruction assistants. The Lecturer will communicate with BIOL 1610/1620 instructors at statewide campuses to facilitate coordination of course content and assessment. A goal is for the Lecturer to develop an Honors section of each BIOL 1610 and 1620 to provide a smaller enrollment experience for USU’s high achieving students. The Lecturer will lead coordination of Biology’s student learning assessment (based on NSF GenBio-MAPS) for BIOL 1610 and 1620, including alignment of learning objectives to assessments in the course Canvas sites, where data is gathered from students in early-, mid-, and late-degree stages to evaluate progress in supporting ongoing curriculum revision, and compare performance to peer institutions. Additionally, BIOL 1620 serves as a Breadth Life Science (BLS) course for Biology majors. The lead lecturer will facilitate General Education assessment activities in this course, again with coordination across campuses. Biology I (BIOL 1610) is a critical course for prediction of student retention and success at USU [based on Civitas analyses, the percentage of students with D/F/W’s in BIOL 1610 is much higher than the average course (21% vs 11%), and these students are far less likely to graduate than classmates with higher grades (32% vs 65%). Improving the introductory biology course experience for USU freshman and sophomores will have significant impact in assisting early-degree students to transition from a high school to university learning environment, and improve their chances of retention and interest in the biological and life sciences fields. Additionally, effective assessment of student learning is critical to the Biology Department in better serving the needs of our students. Engagement with science pedagogy is a critical component of this position. Utilization of evidence-based educational approaches is critical to training our students how to be modern scientists to support future STEM needs of society. Promoting student academic success is critical to their retention in STEM majors. Support for professional development and opportunities to engage in independent and collaborative science education research and pedagogical products/outcomes is an important element of this position. The teaching load will be 9-12 credits of face-to-face instruction in each fall and spring semester. Two to three general sections and one Honors section of Biology I and II (3 credits each) will be offered based on enrollment demands. The Honors section will be developed during the first year of appointment with plans to offer it the second year. There is no requirement for summer teaching load, but development of summer courses is an option that can be used to earn summer salary. Service expectations will include participation on department and university committees, engagement in student mentoring, and engagement in professional teaching associations and teaching professional development.


Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a MS in Biology or a closely related field is required.

  • Prior teaching experience in introductory biological science courses is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in Biology or a closely related field

  • Demonstration of proficiency in science education pedagogy, implementation of active-learning and evidence-based instruction skills, and a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM education are strongly preferred.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

  2. Cover Letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

  3. Teaching Philosophy and Goals to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

  4. A vision statement for career-long engagement and contributions to diversity and inclusion to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

  5. Names and contract information (including email addresses) for three professional references

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**


Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


ADA

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.


College/Department Highlights

The Department of Biology offers BS and BA degrees in Biology with emphases in Biology, Human Biology, Ecology/Evolution, and Cellular/Molecular Biology. Additionally, BS and BA degrees are offered in Biological Science-Composite Teaching and Public Health (BS only) (https://biology.usu.edu/education/undergraduate-program/undergraduatedegrees). The Department of Biology has over 700 undergraduate and 60 graduate students, 47 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, and has taken a leadership role in promoting engagement of STEM students from diverse backgrounds in research. Biology and USU fosters innovation and professional development of faculty in their efforts to enhance student learning and engagement by offering support of professional association membership, conference/academy attendance, and an Empowering Teaching Excellence program offered by the Provost’s Office.


University Highlights

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 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. 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 here. 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. Notice of Non-discrimination In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266 Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266. For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.

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