Director of First-Year Biology Laboratories
Southwestern University - Georgetown, TX

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The Department of Biology at Southwestern University seeks applicants for a full-time, nine-month Director of First-Year Biology Laboratories beginning in August 2014. This position is a renewable non-tenure-track staff appointment with faculty rank commensurate with experience and terminal degree. Opportunities are available for summer teaching, research with students, and faculty development.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: teaching up to five first-year laboratories, employing the inquiry-based learning model; preparing all reagents and needed materials for lab set-up; verifying that students are registered for the appropriate lecture and lab, with revisions made and communicated, as necessary; creating quizzes and handouts; grading all classwork, including papers, quizzes, exams, and lab reports; administering practical exams; participating in departmental assessment activities; assisting students as needed and serving as an academic advisor; adhering to all safety standards and work practices established by the University; promptly reporting on-the-job accidents and assisting supervisor with safety initiatives.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in Biology or related field; competence in all areas of biology, including biodiversity, cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics and evolution; strong record of teaching excellence; experience in teaching college-level biology labs and with inquiry-based teaching techniques; familiarity with OSHA and other safety-related rules/regulations; demonstrated willingness to collaborate with faculty and staff within and outside of the department; excellent interaction and communication skills (verbal and written). Preferred Qualifications: PhD in biology or related field. Candidates who have a strong commitment to enhancing diversity in academia are also preferred.

Southwestern University is a selective, undergraduate institution committed to a broad-based liberal arts, sciences, and fine arts education. Southwestern currently enrolls approximately 1,500 students and maintains a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. In addition to a number of other national organizations, Southwestern University is a member of two consortia of liberal arts colleges, the Associated Colleges of the South and the Annapolis Group. Located in Georgetown, Texas, 28 miles north of downtown Austin, Southwestern is affiliated with The United Methodist Church. Southwestern University is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups traditionally under-represented in academia.

To apply: Through Interfolio, applicants should submit a cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment, a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, and a brief statement of teaching philosophy. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. More information is available at Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of the University’s Background Check Policy process. Southwestern University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE/M/F

Posted March 11, 2014.

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