Adjunct Instructor in Microbiology, Spring 2021

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Job DetailsLevel ExperiencedJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAEducation Level Graduate DegreeJob Category EducationDescription The Oglethorpe University Biology Department is searching for a part-time instructor for spring 2021 to teach an intermediate-level elective, Microbiology (BIO 290A). The position includes teaching 1-2 lecture sections (4 teaching credits each) remotely.

Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe is Atlanta’s leading liberal arts and sciences university, located with the limits of this diverse and dynamic city. Our student body of approximately 1400 students represents about 30 states and over 20 countries, and over half identify as non-white. Approximately one-third of Oglethorpe students are first-generation college educated. Oglethorpe is ranked in the top 15% of many polls and rankings of US colleges for diversity in metrics such as ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin. Oglethorpe accepts and embraces the diversity our students bring to our community. Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpe’s success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement state an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and wider Atlanta community we serve.

Microbiology (BIO 290A) is one of several elective courses open to any student who has completed one semester of General Chemistry with lab (CHM 101 and CHM 101L) and our innovative introductory biology course, Biological Inquiry (BIO 110) and its sister course BioStatistics (BIO 111). In this course, students are introduced to the vast microbial world, including bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses. Focus is placed on prokaryotes, particularly bacteria, in functional ecosystems, research, and human health and disease. Specific topics will include: bacterial cell structure and growth, genetics, metabolism, growth control, the human microbiome, and symbiosis in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. In the optional associated lab, taught by a full-time faculty member, students learn the fundamental morphological, metabolic, and genetic characteristics of bacteria and basic techniques for identification. Each class section will meet for 3 hrs. per week in 1-hour sessions. The course uses Prescott’s Microbiology, 11th ed. (McGraw-Hill) and McGraw-Hill’s Connect platform, but students are also expected to read from the primary literature. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lecture component will be delivered remotely and the instructor will not need to be on campus.

Faculty at Oglethorpe implement innovative teaching methods (e.g., active learning and service learning); in the sciences we also emphasize utilization of the scientific method to explore biological principles. Given remote delivery, we are looking for individuals who are particularly creative with their teaching methodologies and are comfortable working with a variety of software platforms, such as Zoom and VoiceThread. The instructor, once hired, can expect to coordinate with a team consisting of two student peer-instructors, a part-time assistant instructor, and the full-time professor leading the associated lab.


M.S., Ph.D., or ABD in Biological Science; preferably in Microbiology. A record of prior successful experience as a teacher is desirable.

Compensation per lecture section

$750.00 /credit (or $3,000 total) for Master’s degree; $785.00 /credit (or $3,140 total) for Ph.D.

Starting and Ending Dates

The first class day of the Spring 2021 is Monday February 8th but applicants should be prepared to work in the week prior to the start of school to work on course development with the rest of the BIO 290A team. The last day of spring semester classes is Monday May 10th. Final grades are due by Thursday May 20th.

To Apply

Applicants are asked to submit a brief letter of interest, C.V. (including contact information), and the name and contact information of two references, one of whom must be able to speak to the applicant’s teaching skills (no letter necessary at this point) as soon as possible. Interviews will begin immediately upon receipt of materials from qualified applicants. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until an instructor is hired.

Oglethorpe University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.




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Posted: 12/18/2020
Application Due: 1/22/2021
Work Type: Full Time