Lecturer - Full Time - Marine Biology

Seattle, WA
Sep 09, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Lecturer - Full Time - Marine Biology

Seattle, WA
Open Date:
Jan 28, 2019

The School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington seeks an innovative Lecturer to lead the instruction of courses in the School and contribute to the development of the Marine Biology Major with an anticipated start date of Fall Quarter 2019. The School is dedicated to providing high quality, experiential classes that maximize the learning of a diverse student body, regardless of enrollment size. The position combines course development, instruction, coordination and administration, and requires strong disciplinary knowledge of marine ecology and evolutionary and organismal biology, as well as educational approaches aimed at maximizing student learning.

Lecturing faculty are integral to the faculty of the School. Reporting to the School’s Director, the position will carry the rank of Lecturer and is a three year, nine-month position at 100% FTE, with renewal decision at the end of year two. This position includes faculty voting rights but is not tenure eligible. Research (particularly aimed at advancing pedagogical approaches) is encouraged and supported, but is not required. The position is promotion eligible and has potential to expand to additional instruction roles. Details on benefits associated with this position can be found on the UW human resources website: https://hr.uw.edu/benefits/benefits-orientation/benefit-summary-pdfs/.

The UW is located in the greater Seattle metropolitan area, with a dynamic, multicultural community of 3.7 million people and a range of ecosystems from mountains to ocean. The UW serves a diverse population of 80,000 students, faculty and staff, including 25% first-generation college students, over 25% Pell Grant students, and faculty from over 70 countries. A recipient of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Award to increase the advancement of women faculty in science, engineering, and math (see https://advance.washington.edu), the UW offers a wide range of professional development and networking opportunities for faculty.

Primary Responsibilities:

The duties assigned to this position are commensurate with being the lead instructor for two classes in each of the fall, winter and spring. However, actual duties will depend on the needs of the department on an annual basis, including assisting faculty with the latest approaches for evidence-based teaching, developing new classes, serving as the course coordinator and lead laboratory instructor for a 200-level Marine Physiology class, and a 300-level Marine Evolutionary Biology class, which includes supervision, organization and instruction of laboratory sections, supervision of teaching assistants, and administration of the classes. The Lecturer will be expected to advise, teach and mentor a student body that is diverse with respect to socio-economic status, culture, academic interests, and career paths. The successful applicant will lead in the use of evidence-based pedagogical approaches to enhance student learning and will mentor faculty in implementing these approaches across a wide range of disciplines.

  • PhD degree in Biological Sciences, or foreign equivalent, with a strong emphasis on marine sciences. A background in physiology, ecology and evolution is required.
  • At least two years leading classes and coordinating instruction at the University level.
  • Strong communication and organization skills, and ability to work collaboratively with faculty, student teaching assistants, and staff.
  • Strong technology skills, and experience in successful implementation of these skills in diverse classroom settings.
  • Extensive knowledge of the natural history and organismal function of marine organisms.
  • A proven track record of excellence in teaching, incorporating science from diverse constituencies and representing social viewpoints linked to a broad range of communities.

Application Instructions:

Candidates should submit their application via Interfolio including the following information: 1) curriculum vitae, 2) statement of teaching philosophy, including pedagogical approach to enhancing student learning (4 pages maximum), and 3) names and contact information for three professional references. Priority will be given to applications received by March 15, 2019, and consideration of applicants will continue until the position is filled. Questions pertaining to this search can be addressed to Prof. Kerry Naish, Search Committee Chair [email protected]

Questions regarding potential disability accommodations during the application process should be directed to Katie Effert at [email protected]

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