Assistant Professor - Biology Education

Eastern Washington University and the Department of Biology invite applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biology Education to begin September 16, 2018.

This position will have several key responsibilities:

  1. Teach courses: Biology Teaching Methods, Science Teaching Methods, Science Teaching Capstone, and could include introductory biology and other biology courses.
  2. Manage the biology education programs and advise/mentor students in said programs.
  3. Develop and sustain an active research program that includes Science Education.
  4. Supervise Master's and undergraduate level research.
  5. Seek external funding to support scholarly activities and support students.
  6. Professionally engage with the local community.
  7. Participate in service activities to the department, college, and university.
  8. Engage in effective teaching and assessment of learning outcomes.

About the Department and BAE Program:

Our faculty members are committed to teaching, mentoring and engaging students in their education so they are equipped to open doors to professional success, advanced degree options and civic responsibility. We set high expectations asking students to apply their knowledge beyond the walls of lecture halls and facilitate these opportunities.

Goals for students within the BAE program include:

  • Create a community of diverse learners who construct meaning from their science experiences and possess a disposition for further exploration and learning
  • Organize a safe and effective learning environment
  • Interrelate and interpret important concepts, ideas and applications in the field of biology and conduct scientific investigations
  • Develop strategies for teaching that organic evolution is a unifying theme
  • Engage students both in studies of various methods of scientific inquiry and in active learning through scientific inquiry
  • Construct and use effective assessment strategies to determine the backgrounds and achievements of learners and facilitate their intellectual, social and personal development

Review of applications for this tenure track position will begin October 1, 2017; applications will continue to be accepted until further notice. Materials will be held in strict confidence, and references will not be contacted prior to candidate notification.

About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Required Qualifications:
  1. Ph.D. in Biology Education, Biology or a related area. ABD candidates may be considered, but Ph.D. must be completed no later than the candidate's start date for the position.
  2. Demonstrated ability to teach science education courses. Ability may be demonstrated by prior successful teaching experience, courses taken, research and publications, and/or other professional experiences.
  3. Significant and diverse biology coursework at the graduate level.
  4. Capacity to develop a research program in science education.
  5. Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is sensitive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, administrators and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • At least one year of post-doctoral experience.
  • Teaching experience in secondary Science Education (grades 7-12).
  • Experience in teaching core courses in introductory biology.
  • Record of successful grantsmanship.


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