The School of Biological Sciences at UCI is hiring an Assistant Professor of Teaching with the potential for security of employment. The faculty member will initially implement a dry laboratory experience coordinated with the first-year core biology undergraduate curriculum (Bio 93 – DNA to Organisms; Bio 94 – Organisms to Ecosystems). We seek a scholar who would be responsible for the development, deployment and assessment of this new first-year laboratory course for biology majors. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching utilizing inclusive, data-driven pedagogies and an interest in pursuing discipline-based education research. We encourage applicants that are committed to inclusive excellence and that value a thriving, diverse and collaborative university culture.
The position requires a Ph.D. in the life sciences and expertise in undergraduate biology education and pedagogy. Review of applications will begin June 27, 2021. For application instructions, and to apply for the position, please go to https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/JPF06780. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales
The UCI School of Biological Sciences is recognized as a national leader in the development of programs designed to increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the biomedical sciences (https://port.bio.uci.edu/about/) and is firmly committed to the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion (https://inclusion.bio.uci.edu/). UCI is an Hispanic-Serving Institution, an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander – Serving Institution, and a charter member of the AAAS SEA Change initiative that supports institutional efforts to increase access and success for students, faculty and staff from groups marginalized in STEMM (https://www.aaas.org/news/four-new-charter-members-join-sea-change). Programs are available to meet the needs of dual-career academic partners. Faculty are eligible for subsidized housing and a Mortgage Origination Program. UC Irvine (https://uci.edu) is located 10 minutes from the coast, is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 public universities, and has recently been designated the #1 university doing the most for the American dream. The city of Irvine is home to excellent parks, schools, entertainment opportunities, and a diverse citizenry.
Teaching Professor Faculty are full members of the Academic Senate. Advancement in this series is based on excellence in teaching, research in a specific discipline and/or pedagogy, and service. It is expected that the successful candidate will engage in undergraduate instruction, conduct biology education research, and collaborate with teaching and research faculty to develop, implement and assess innovative pedagogical initiatives.
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, as well as a commitment to addressing all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine conducts institutional reference checks for candidate finalists to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer of appointment into Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full). The institutional reference checks involve contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Irvine requires all candidates of Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into AP RECRUIT as part of their application. If the candidate does not include the signed authorization to release information with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete. As with any incomplete application, the application will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists (i.e., those to whom the department or other hiring unit would like to extend a formal offer) considered for Ladder Rank Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e., assistant, associate, and full) positions will be subject to institutional reference checks.
Criteria for research, teaching, and diversity statement is available here:
Research Statement (3 pages). This statement should:
1. Detail the candidate’s specific area of expertise, with a description of their contributions to the field.
2. Provide a detailed plan of their future independent research program, and how this program will be leveraged to obtain extramural funding.
3. Indicate how the candidate’s research program will synergize with the research environment at UCI.
Teaching Statement (1 page). This statement should:
1. Indicate the candidate’s teaching experiences to date, including experience with teaching/lecturing to undergraduates/graduate students, or other populations, as well as their areas of interest. This should also include mentorship that they have given to others in the line of research or outreach activities.
2. Detail the candidate’s teaching approaches and philosophies, as to how they will engage in effective teaching strategies.
3. Provide evidence (if any) of effectiveness of previous teaching.
Diversity Statement (1 page). The UC Statement on Diversity is available at: http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/governance/policies/4400.html. Applicants will be evaluated on their required statements of their contribution to diversity. This statement should:
1. Indicate how the candidate has demonstrated awareness of the issues faced by historically underrepresented or economically disadvantaged groups and the benefits of a diverse and inclusive faculty.
2. Provide evidence (if any) of the candidate’s track record and success in activities aimed at reducing barriers in education or research for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
3. Detail specific plans (if any) to contribute through campus programs, new activities, or through national or off-campus organizations.
The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.