University of Washington Tacoma, Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

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Position ID:UWT-Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences-LBIO [#10915]
Position Title: Lecturer in Biology
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Tacoma, Washington 98402, United States [map]
Subject Area: Biology
Starting Date:2018/09/16
Appl Deadline:2018/03/23 finished (2018/02/26, finished 2018/09/30)
Position Description:    

*** The account for Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma has expired, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Full-Time Lecturer in Biology

The University of Washington Tacoma (UW Tacoma) invites applicants for one full-time Lecturer position in Biology in the Division of Sciences and Mathematics (SAM) within the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time renewable position with an appointment term of one to five years and a nine-month service period beginning September 16, 2018. The successful candidate will be expected to engage with culturally diverse populations in higher education, integrate evidence-based and inclusive pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching and learning, and mentor students in the sciences. They will also support the division, school, and institution through service. The ideal candidate will be passionate about teaching lower-division biology, particularly the Introductory Biology sequence (biodiversity, ecology, evolution; cellular and molecular biology; and plant and animal physiology), and able to teach upper division or general education courses based on area of expertise. There will also be opportunities to work with peers to coordinate, develop and expand the biology curriculum. The position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree or foreign equivalent in biology (or a related field), and experience teaching introductory courses at the university or college level.

We are especially interested in applicants committed to implementing best practices in teaching underserved populations, and who are prepared to develop and teach courses serving students from majors including environmental science, biomedical sciences, and pre-health students, as well as non-science majors and pre-majors. Ideally, candidates will demonstrate versatility in teaching a range of courses within our existing curriculum, including lower division biology and upper division courses in our Conservation Biology and Ecology option. The successful candidate will become an integral member of a dynamic, interdisciplinary faculty and staff committed to excellence and innovation in teaching at an urban-serving campus. All University of Washington faculty engage in teaching and service.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its core. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has an urban-serving mission, with access as a central value. More information about UW Tacoma and its strategic plan can be found here: Our university strategic plan foregrounds our commitment to access in all of its forms. With this in mind, we affirm our commitment to value diverse experiences and perspectives and to strive to fully include everyone who engages with the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

One critical feature of this commitment is accessible technology. Inaccessible information technology negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions. The UW community is collectively responsible for assuring the technologies we choose, use, and create are fully accessible.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire that is linked to the confirmation e-mail. This information will not be shared with the search committee.

Application Instructions To apply, please submit:

  1. A letter detailing your interest in the position and outlining how your qualifications and experience match the position’s description and the mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences and UW Tacoma,
  2. A statement (one page maximum) detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarly engagement has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion,
  3. Curriculum vitae,
  4. A complete list of courses you have taught, including when you taught them and your role in the course (e.g. primary instructor versus teaching assistant), as well as a list of courses you would be able to teach,
  5. Statement of your teaching philosophy, no more than two pages in length,
  6. Evidence of teaching effectiveness [such as peer reviews, sample materials, a contextualized summary of course evaluations], and
  7. We are not requesting letters of reference at this time. If you are selected for an initial interview, we will request at least three letters of reference that address your teaching.

Submit all application materials through Academic Jobs Online. Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin March 23, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, e-mail Dr. Bonnie Becker, search chair, at

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98402

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