The Program in Biology at Brown University is seeking applicants for a lecturer track faculty position with expertise and teaching experience in general introductory biology, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry. The position involves teaching contributions in up to four undergraduate courses per year, formal academic advising, and service to the Program in Biology.
Teaching contributions will include instruction in the Program’s gateway course Foundations of Living Systems and the Program’s Biochemistry course. Both courses enroll a large number of students from the biological sciences and other STEM concentrations, as well as the University’s pre-med population. The Lecturer will also contribute teaching to additional (new or current) undergraduate Biology courses, based on their expertise and Program needs. In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include academic advising of first year and sophomore students, advising of concentrators in the biological sciences, and service associated with the undergraduate program.
Engagement with evidence-based STEM pedagogy is an essential component of this position. We seek candidates with demonstrated success teaching undergraduate courses in the biological sciences that enroll, support and assess diverse student learners. The Program in Biology values inclusive teaching and advising, innovative pedagogy, and especially welcomes candidates interested in STEM education scholarship within the context of their teaching. Lecturers in Biology have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate research projects through independent study courses and contribute to new and ongoing curricular and co-curricular programs.
Lecturers, Senior Lecturers and Distinguished Senior Lecturers at Brown are part of the regular faculty with voting rights. The position will be based in the Biology Education Section of the Medical Science Academic Unit in the Division of Biology and Medicine and have a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry. The initial appointment would be a renewable 3 to 6 year appointment, depending on rank, performance and review. Lecture track positions are 10 month appointments from September through June. Opportunities to supplement income in July and August are available by teaching in the University’s Pre-college and Summer Undergraduate programs. Sabbatical/paid Scholarly Leaves are available after accumulating the requisite number of semesters in the position
The Program in Biology strives to build a diverse and inclusive environment for all members of our community, and so we are particularly interested in candidates whose teaching, advising, service, and scholarship (if applicable) can further our efforts. Brown University aims to foster a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment, and its detailed vision and action plan for realizing this commitment is articulated in Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion. The Program in Biology is similarly committed to building a diverse faculty and strongly encourages women, underrepresented minorities, and those who can contribute to the excellence, diversity, and inclusivity of our academic community to apply.
The position is expected to start September 2022. In selecting candidates, we will consider evidence of effective undergraduate teaching in the biological sciences (specifically in general biology, molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry), commitment to diversity and inclusion, and compatibility with the area needs and interests of the Program, as well as potential for effective participation in department or university activities.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
PhD in the Biological Sciences.
A minimum of three years experience teaching undergraduates in general biology, molecular biology, cellular biology, and biochemistry. Qualified teaching experience includes primary/secondary instructor appointments above the level of a teaching assistant.
Experience with college advising and/or mentoring is preferred.
Experience with course design and formal assessment is desirable.
Experience teaching large introductory courses is desirable.
Ability to work collaboratively with different stakeholders: students, faculty, senior administrators and staff.
Exemplary professionalism as demonstrated by excellent communication skills, collegiality, ability to administer the needs of a large number of stakeholders (course enrolled students and advisees)
Applicants should submit the following:
Cover letter addressing interest and fit.
A maximum two page statement that describes contributions to university level biology-based education: instruction, course design and assessment, curricular contributions, and advising. The teaching statement should include future goals as an educator and specific examples of why and how inclusive classroom practices as well as other high-impact practices are integrated into current/past courses.
Names and contact information (including email addresses) for three professional references.