Assistant Professor-FixedTerm

East Lansing MI
Jul 31, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Human Biology Fixed Term Assistant Prof.

Position Summary

The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University welcomes applications for a full-time, 9-month, fixed-term faculty position beginning as early as January 1, 2018. The position is renewable based on satisfactory performance.  The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to develop and teach capstone writing courses for life-science majors, including those in our Human Biology Program. These writing intensive capstone courses will provide senior-level students with opportunities to integrate critical and scientific thinking skills with foundational knowledge in chemistry, mathematics, physics,and biology. Students will also develop their abilities to obtain, evaluate,and communicate information in the biological sciences. Candidates for this position should have both disciplinary expertise in the biological sciences and a record of proficiency with scientific communication.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biological sci. or equivalent discipline

Minimum Requirements

A Ph.D. in the biological sciences or an equivalent discipline, scientific writing experience, and undergraduate teaching experience.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who have a strong commitment to student success and to creating an inclusive learning environment for a diverse group of students. The candidate must also be committed to continued professional development and is expected to become part of the vibrant community of scholars engaged in improving STEM education at MSU. Prior experiences in course or curriculum development and use of evidence-based pedagogical strategies to teach scientific writing at the undergraduate level are highly desirable.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a scientific writing sample (e.g.research manuscript, medical communication, technical report, science blog post, news article), and a teaching portfolio (limited to 10 pages) consisting of a teaching philosophy with documentation of philosophy implementation such as syllabi, assessments, student evaluations, or personal reflections. The applicant should also arrange for 3 letter of recommendation to be submitted to the posting. The letters should address both the candidate’s teaching and writing experience.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on September 5, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please direct questions regarding the position to Cori Fata-Hartley, Human Biology Program Director and Chair of the Search Committee (

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions.

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