Fixed-Term Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences - Michigan State University

The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University welcomes applications for a full- time, 9-month, fixed-term faculty position beginning January 1, 2018. The position is renewable based on satisfactory performance. The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to work with faculty to develop and teach capstone writing courses for life-science majors, including those in our Human Biology Program. These writing intensive capstone courses will provide senior-level students with opportunities to integrate critical and scientific thinking skills with foundational knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology. Students will also develop their abilities to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information in the biological sciences. Candidates for this position should have both disciplinary expertise in the biological sciences and a record of proficiency with scientific communication.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in the biological sciences or an equivalent discipline, scientific writing experience, and undergraduate teaching experience. The candidate must have a strong commitment to student success and to creating an inclusive learning environment for a diverse group of students. The candidate must also be committed to continued professional development and is expected to become part of the vibrant community of scholars engaged in improving STEM education at MSU. Prior experiences in course or curriculum development and use of evidence-based pedagogical strategies to teach scientific writing at the undergraduate level are highly desirable.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a scientific writing sample (e.g. research manuscript, medical communication, technical report, science blog post, news article), and a teaching portfolio (limited to 10 pages) consisting of a teaching philosophy with documentation of philosophy implementation such as syllabi, assessments, student evaluations, or personal reflections to (Job No: 453469). The applicant should also arrange for 3 letter of recommendation to be submitted to the posting. The letters should address both the candidate’s teaching and writing experience.

Review of applications with begin September 5, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions regarding the position to Cori Fata-Hartley, Human Biology Program Director and Chair of the Search Committee (

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees’ work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.