Adjunct Instructor in BioStatistics 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 one new section of our problem-based introductory statistics course for Biology students (BIO111 BioStatistics) that is a co-requisite with our lab-focused introductory biology course, Biological Inquiry (BIO110). Each section of BIO111 meets remotely for 2 70-minute periods per week.

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.

BioStatistics (BIO 111) is a new offering as of fall 2016 that resulted from a biology curriculum rework aimed at creating a co-requisite 3-credit problem-based introduction to descriptive statistics and statistical inference to illustrate and support the inquiry-intensive component of our 5-credit BIO 110 Biological Inquiry introductory biology course. This single-semester course replaces our traditional semester-long MAT 111 Statistics course, offered by our mathematics department. This course focuses on the application of statistical methodologies to biology-focused examples intrinsic to the course and generated in student-created and executed experiments in the BIO 110 course. The test The Analysis of Biological Data (Whitlock & Schluter, MacMillan) uses the analysis of real, case-study data sets to illustrate the formulation of both biological and statistical conclusions. In addition to having the text, students are required to have a student license for the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) as a resource in the course and the BIO 110 course. Class periods normally begin with a short lecture, followed by a significant portion of the class devoted to hands-on problem solving and interpretation.

The syllabus and course structure are well worked out and the successful applicant will have a variety of resources at their disposal to assist in course development, delivery, and student assessment. A syllabus is well worked out and PowerPoints are available to guide preparation and delivery. A senior member of the department will be on hand to mentor and consult.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course will be delivered remotely (synchronously or in combination with asynchronous instruction) 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. The section taught by the instructor enrolls no more than 20 students, a small enough size to allow for meaningful and intimate one-on-one interactions in support of student learning, personal development and hands-on skills development. 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. In addition, they must be comfortable with SPSS. The section will be a newly created one, so days and time are negotiable, though the course is typically delivered twice weekly (M/W or TTh) in a 70-minute block between 11:30am- 1:00pm.

Qualifications M.S., Ph.D., or ABD in Biological Science or Mathematics; preferably in an area relevant to course objectives. A record of prior successful experience as a teacher and laboratory instructor is desirable.


$750.00 /credit (or $2,250 total) for Master’s degree/ABD; $785.00 /credit (or $2,355 total) for Ph.D.

Starting and Ending Dates

The first class day of the Spring 2021 semester is Monday February 8th but applicants should be prepared to work in the span prior to the start of school to work on course development and in consultation with BIO 110 faculty. 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: 1/6/2021
Application Due: 4/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time