Biology Visiting Faculty (Teaching Specialist or Lecturer) at UMR

Biology Visiting Faculty (Teaching Specialist or Lecturer)
Center for Learning Innovation
University of Minnesota Rochester

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) invites applications for a visiting faculty position in biology (non-tenure track) for its undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). The position is teaching-focused, including classroom and lab instruction and JustASK hours (100% teaching). This is a 9-month, annually renewable position, beginning August, 2022, through May, 2025, with the possibility for extension.

The instructor will join the Center for Learning Innovation (CLI), an innovative, interdisciplinary department. The CLI coordinates the development and teaching of an integrated, writing-enriched curriculum for a baccalaureate degree in the health sciences. It promotes a learner-centered, undergraduate environment in which ongoing assessment informs pedagogical and curricular choices and is the basis for data-driven research on learning.

We are seeking a qualified instructor who has significant interest in supporting student learning in a high-contact model inside and outside of the classroom and will work closely with other faculty to coordinate and teach anatomy and physiology and introductory biology courses for health sciences undergraduates. The successful instructor will have experience in implementing pedagogical strategies and supporting a diverse student body population as UMR has growing populations of students of color and first generation college students. The instructor should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in biology and student focused courses in the Center for Learning Innovation, such as first-year Cornerstone or senior year Capstone courses, to support student success.

Duties include assisting preparation and team-taught delivery of course content in the interactive learning classroom, assisting in preparing and teaching laboratory sessions, grading, holding weekly hours in the JustASK tutoring center (JustASK | University of Minnesota Rochester), assisting in ordering laboratory supplies, supervising undergraduate teaching assistants, facilitating department-wide data collection efforts that coincide with course delivery duties, and other related duties as assigned.

Position requirements: A master’s or doctorate degree in biology or a closely related field that includes a strong background in human anatomy and physiology is required for this position.

The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills (both written and verbal). Experience in laboratory instruction and interdisciplinary teams, as well as a commitment to exemplary teaching are preferred. The successful candidate is also comfortable working independently.

The University of Minnesota offers: Competitive wages with opportunities for growth and promotion; excellent benefits, including retirement plans with employer match, disability and employer paid life insurance, wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums, tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition, Employee Assistance Program, and more (see: Benefits | Office of Human Resources).

University of Minnesota Rochester Vision and Core Values:
The University of Minnesota Rochester is nationally recognized for inspiring and empowering undergraduates to solve the health care challenges of the 21st-century. UMR core values are embedded in our Vision: community, respect, diversity and inclusivity, evidence-based decision making, and human potential. To build and sustain collaborative communities that move us toward our Vision while creating a culture of trust, accountability and belonging, we necessarily place high value on diversity and inclusiveness. As a diverse and purpose-driven community, we value human potential and the significance of every person, compelling us to make evidence-based decisions that will empower individual learning and development so that students, staff, faculty, and community partners will flourish. To learn more about our campus diversity and inclusion, please go to: Diversity and Inclusion | University of Minnesota Rochester.

Review of applications will begin April 11, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of starting August, 2022 (Fall Semester). Applications must be submitted online at Find a Job | Office of Human Resources. Search postings for Job Requisition #346767 for application instructions and links. In addition to the Faculty/Academic Application for Employment form, applicants must attach to the online application: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) description of teaching experience and philosophy, and (4) a statement of commitment to diversity with an example of addressing diversity in an undergraduate setting/classroom. For more information, e-mail umrhr@r.umn.edu.

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