Cornell University, Vice Provost Units

Position ID:Cornell University-Vice Provost Units-LSCBIOLEC [#14024]
Position Title: Biology Lecturer, Learning Strategies Center
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14850, United States
Subject Area: Biology / Biology
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/07/09, finished 2020/06/07)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications is accepted. ***

About the Learning Strategies Center: The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) is the central academic support unit for all undergraduates at Cornell University. Through program offerings that encourage students to develop effective approaches to mastering the academic rigors of Cornell, the LSC strives actively to engage students in the learning process and support their efforts to continually grow as learners. We are committed to addressing the emerging needs of Cornell’s diverse student body – in order that all students meet and exceed Cornell University’s high academic expectations. Last year, more than 20,000 student-visits were made to LSC office hours, tutorials, consultations, and workshops, and more than 2,500 students participated in LSC courses.

Position Description: The Learning Strategies Center at Cornell University seeks an experienced instructor to teach support/supplemental courses designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge students need to succeed in rigorous introductory biology courses. The student-centered support courses will be based on active learning pedagogies that encourage students to be independent and efficient learners. The person in this position will develop materials that guide student learning, and in addition to teaching will work with students in office hours. The ideal candidate will have experience training, managing, and mentoring undergraduates to provide peer-led learning support, and will contribute to the assessment of the courses they teach and of the peer-led learning support programs. They will be responsible for understanding content in the parent courses and coordinating that content with the supplemental courses they teach. The person in this position will assist with running the biology tutoring center, will supervise other biology academic peer mentors, and will assist in planning the biology component of the Prefreshman Summer Program. In order to provide the best support possible for our students, the candidate will be responsive to the emerging needs of the students, the courses they work with, and the LSC.

This is a three-year renewable, full-time, 9-month academic appointment.

Responsibilities: As a member of the Learning Strategies Center, the candidate is expected to participate in LSC meetings, meet regularly with LSC leadership, and contribute to unit-wide goals. Contributions to the LSC are a critical component of the position as we work together to develop and document best practices for supporting our students across disciplines.

• Teach 2 sections each of LSC’s BIOMG 1035 and BIOG 1044 courses in Fall and Spring semesters. These are 1-credit supplemental review courses for BIOMG 1350 (Cell & Development) and BIOG 1440 (Comparative Physiology). Emphasis is on deep learning of biology, and supporting students as they access and apply prior knowledge (from biology and other disciplines) to their coursework.
• Attend BIOMG 1350 and BIOG 1440 (parent courses) lectures and course staff meetings in order to be knowledgeable in content, concepts, and approaches, as well as the specific learning outcomes and topics for each class.
• Develop activities and materials for weekly sections that enhance conceptual learning of topics covered in parent courses to help students succeed.
• Include in the support course transferable skills that incorporate successful strategies for the deep learning of biology, such as critical thinking and reading, effective note-taking, prelim preparation, stress reduction, time-management, and procrastination reduction.
• Promote the ability of students to learn in groups and independently.
• Offer at least 7 regular office hours per week.
• Provide feedback on students’ academic progress.
• In collaboration with LSC leadership, assess the effectiveness of the supplemental courses in fostering student learning and success.
• Submit reports on student use of supplemental course support and recommendations for future support.
• Assist in planning biology instruction for the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP), including course development, pretest design and coordination, textbook selection, and recruiting/interviewing undergraduate course assistants.

Assist with Peer-led learning support-
• Be familiar with course offerings and content in the introductory biology courses.
• Assist in the hiring for and running of a general biology tutoring center.
• Assist in the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of course assistants/peer led learning assistants and/or study group leaders, depending on program needs.
• In collaboration with the LSC leadership and others, report on and assess the effectiveness and impact of the peer-led learning support and make recommendations for future support.

On-going needs & communication-
• Collaborate with the LSC Director, OUB and the Biology faculty to determine if there are alternatives to current LSC support that would allow for more individualized preparation for and support of success in biology courses. Evaluate courses that need additional LSC support. Develop, implement, and assess new approaches as necessary.
• Regularly reach out to faculty in Biology to increase awareness of LSC support for students in their courses. Develop strategies, in consultation with Biology faculty, to communicate LSC support to students.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have:
• A deep knowledge of teaching biology (specifically cellular and development biology and/or comparative physiology, with an interest in learning new material), and will hold an advanced degree in biology or in a related topic or in teaching biology; PhD preferred.
• A minimum of two years of experience teaching college-level biology.
• Knowledge of effective pedagogies and learning strategies, and an understanding of the importance of continuing learning and growth in these areas.
• Demonstrated commitment to supporting academic achievement of students from diverse backgrounds. • Ability to work with minimal supervision and to have a team-oriented approach to student learning.
• Excellent planning, organization, coordination, and communication skills.
• Experience in curricular development and assessment preferred.

Application Requirements:
• CV
• General letter of interest
• Teaching statement
• Evaluations of teaching by students, peers, or supervisor
• 2 letters of reference

In addition, applicants may be asked to provide names and contact information of three people able to provide information on the applicant’s teaching and her/his ability to work with students from diverse backgrounds.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

Background check may be required.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
337 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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