Assistant Teaching Professor, Coordinator of Educational Innovation in Biology

Notre Dame, Indiana, United States

Job description

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame seeks a visionary biology educator to develop and teach courses that are aligned with programmatic values and provide students with opportunities to build integrated foundational knowledge and develop enthusiasm for biology. The primary role of this Assistant Teaching Professor involves the design, implementation, and teaching of a new Introductory Biology sequence with lab, in collaboration within a team of departmental faculty. This new curriculum will be based on the framework provided by AAAS Vision and Change and will incorporate innovative design, student centered pedagogies, as well as smaller class sizes.

The successful candidate will have an opportunity to engage in new course development, teach in active-learning classrooms, mentor course-based undergraduate research, carry out scholarship related to teaching and learning, and design faculty and future faculty development programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

The candidate must possess a Ph.D. in biology, biology education, or related field with teaching experience, preferably at the collegiate level.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in curricular development including research based lab courses, assessment of university-level courses and skill development, educational research, and implementation of active learning strategies.

The Department of Biological Sciences is a dynamic and vibrant academic unit dedicated to excellence in undergraduate education to develop the next generation of leaders in the life sciences. The Department is highly interdisciplinary and in an excellent position to fulfill the promise of a new integrative approach to teaching biological sciences.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to provide the following upon submitting their online application:

Cover Letter

Teaching Philosophy that includes:

A brief description of the pedagogies that best support college student learning in biology
Your vision of introductory biology education as it relates to student engagement in the Big Questions course (please see link below)
Your ideas to build a strong knowledge base in introductory students, while also allowing undergraduates to think like a biologist and develop and sustain enthusiasm for biology
The role of the laboratory experience in an introductory course.

Please see the following documents with further details: Introductory Biology Conceptual Frameworkand Introductory Biology

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This appointment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Applicants will be asked to identify all felony convictions and/or pending felony charges. Felony convictions do not automatically bar an individual from employment. Each case will be examined separately to determine the appropriateness of employment in the particular position. Failure to be forthcoming or dishonesty with respect to felony disclosures can result in the disqualification of a candidate. The full procedure can be viewed at


The University of Notre Dame seeks to attract, develop, and retain the highest quality faculty, staff and administration. The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to building a culturally diverse workplace. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates and those candidates attracted to a university with a Catholic identity. Moreover, Notre Dame prohibits discrimination against veterans or disabled qualified individuals, and requires affirmative action by covered contractors to employ and advance veterans and qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with 41 CFR 60-741.5(a) and 41 CFR 60-300.5(a).

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