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Assistant Professor in Biology Education at Santa Clara University

The Department of Biology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, is currently accepting  applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology Education beginning Fall 2024. We seek candidates interested in conducting research in biology pedagogy or biology education with an emphasis on higher education. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Biology Education, or a related field. A postdoctoral experience in Biology Education is recommended. The Biology department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences at SCU, which is entirely dedicated to undergraduate students. Therefore, ideal applicants must have experience and passion for teaching undergraduates and a strong record of scholarship with the potential to include undergraduates as research assistants.  Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU’s goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and who provide evidence of experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students. The candidate should be prepared to teach Introductory Biology courses as well as additional upper-level or non-majors courses in their area of expertise. Apply through this link - https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu/scu/job/Tenure-Track-Assistant-Professor-in-Biology-Education_R3887

Santa Clara is a Jesuit, Catholic, private university located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley. Faculty are teaching scholars who balance a commitment to high quality instruction with active research programs and creative scholarship. Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are all undergraduates. Ideal candidates should, therefore, demonstrate potential for excellent undergraduate teaching and show promise in sustained research and scholarly publication, and service to the department, College and University, as well as an understanding and support of the University’s mission, identity, values, and goals. 

The successful candidate will be expected to teach six undergraduate courses per year on the quarter system (i.e., two courses per quarter), successfully develop a research agenda that leads to peer-reviewed publications, and provide service to the department, College, University, and the profession. Applicants are invited to visit the University’s website (www.scu.edu) for more information on Santa Clara’s mission, scope of programs and degrees offered, and faculty opportunities for interdisciplinary programs and research.

The College of Arts & Sciences is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion among the faculty and is currently conducting its third cluster hire in the area of Inequality & Social Justice. If the person hired for this position has research and teaching interests that are aligned with this program, they may be included in the Fall 2024 cohort. Participants in the cluster hiring program will receive mentoring, frequent group sessions that offer peer support, and access to an interdisciplinary intellectual community to help them with their scholarly and creative work.

Salary Range:

Tenure-stream assistant professor starting salary can range from $98,135 to $109,000, based on the number of years of higher ed teaching experience. Benefits are competitive. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established two housing assistance programs for qualified faculty: [1] a rental assistance program and [2] a purchase assistance program. For details, please refer to: https://www.scu.edu/provost/policies-and-procedures/support-for-faculty/housing-assistance/

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly encourages applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability. 

Starting Date: September 1, 2024

Application Deadline: November 1, 2023

Application Procedure

Application materials should be submitted via WorkDay (https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/scu/scu/job/Tenure-Track-Assistant-Professor-in-Biology-Education_R3887) and must include (1) a cover letter that addresses how your expertise and experience aligns with the position; (2) a current curriculum vitae; (3) a research agenda highlighting how you will involve undergraduate students; (4) a teaching philosophy statement describing your approach to teaching and that highlights your prior teaching experiences; (5) a statement describing your experience and skills in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion; and (c) the applicant’s understanding of the mission of Santa Clara, and how they might contribute to the College or University priorities; (6) the names and contact information of three references. Three letters of recommendations will be requested for candidates advancing beyond initial review. Applicants should identify in their application materials any areas of intersection between their teaching, research, and their diversity goals and the academic mission of Santa Clara University. Inquiries regarding the position may be emailed to Dr. Brian Bayless at biology@scu.edu.

Position: Assistant Professor in Biology Education at Santa Clara University
Organization: Santa Clara University
Location: Santa Clara,  CA 
United States
Salary: $98,135 to $109,000
Posting Start Date: 8/28/2023
Date Posted: 8/28/2023

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Completion of the Ph.D. by the time of appointment.

2. Evidence of potential for effective and excellent university-level teaching in lower- and/or upper-division classes

3. Evidence of a research program and promise of publication in the area of expertise.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with inclusive pedagogical practices that advance SCU goals of equity and support student success. Experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students Postdoctoral experience in Biology education research.

Status: This listing expires on: 11/26/2023
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Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara,  CA 95053
United States
Brian Bayless