Postdoctoral Teaching Associate/Postdoctoral Scholar The University of Tennessee - Knoxville: College of Arts and Sciences


Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has opened a full-time, in-person, Postdoctoral Scholar
position under the direction of Dr. Elisabeth Schussler (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology [EEB]). The position is affiliated with an exciting new College of Arts and Sciences
initiative to support a culture of innovative teaching across the unit. This 3-year project will
engage with faculty across the College to identify teaching values, pedagogical practices aligned
with those values, and mechanisms to assess those practices. The Postdoc will spend 50% of
their time working with Dr. Schussler on the research side of the project; the other 50% of time
will be apportioned to teaching in either EEB or General Biology. General Biology courses could
include (Organismal or Cellular or Genetics); EEB courses could include Ecology and Society or
Perspectives in Ecology and Evolution. A 50% teaching assignment typically entails one large or
two small lecture classes per semester.

The position is funded by the College, but the Scholar will work in the Department of Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology, joining a lab of three graduate students working with Dr. Schussler on
Biology Education research projects. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, sits on the Eastern
side of the state, nestled between the Cumberland Mountains and the Smoky Mountains. The
Smoky Mountain National Park is less than an hour’s drive from Knoxville. Knoxville is a
dynamic mid-sized city that is located three hours from Nashville and Atlanta, with airport
service to several hubs. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is one of the
premiere EEB departments in the nation, with numerous faculty, graduate students, and postdocs
engaged in exciting research and committed to quality teaching.

The position appointment is for one-year initially, with a maximum length of three years. The
starting salary is $45,000 with benefits. There are funds for conference travel. The start date will
be August 1, 2022.

The ideal candidate for this position will hold a Ph.D or equivalent in the biological sciences or
ecology and evolutionary biology, with a specialty in Biology Education research. Quantitative
and qualitative methodologies will be necessary to enact this project, so experience with each is
ideal. The candidate should have demonstrated teaching excellence and experience with
innovative, high-quality pedagogical practices.

Application Instructions
The review of applications will begin on March 31, 2022 and will continue until a candidate is
selected. Applications are via interfolio: Apply - Interfolio

Applicants should submit (as a single pdf file) a cover letter describing their interest in and
experience related to the position, CV, a teaching statement, a research statement describing their education research experience, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three
individuals who can serve as references. Questions can be emailed to

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gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and
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the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education
Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with
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TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be
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