Assistant Professor in Biology Education Research

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Assistant Professor in Biology Education Research



About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, its many units, and the University of Georgia are committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and students and to creating a work and learning environment that is inclusive. Women, people from historically excluded groups, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Benefits Eligible

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Candidates must submit the following application materials to be considered:

• Cover letter
• Curriculum vitae
• Contact information to solicit 3 references
• A statement of biology education research plans that align with the goals of the cluster (no more than 2 pages)
• A teaching portfolio of up to 8 pages including, but not limited to: evidence of effective teaching instruction, examples of the use of evidence-based and inclusive teaching strategies, and descriptions of efforts to develop and improve as a teacher. The portfolio may also include example teaching materials (syllabi, assessments, etc.).
• A statement of the candidate’s plans and vision for advancing the priorities and goals in the UGA Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Plan ( through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or service/outreach. This document should be no longer than 1 page and uploaded as “other documents #1”.

For questions, please contact Dr. Vincent J. Starai at [email protected] or 706-542-5755. Applications received by February 24, 2023 will receive full consideration, but the position is open until filled.

Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Faculty Rank:

Assistant Professor

Contract Type:

Academic (9 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should hold a PhD in life sciences, education, or related fields.

Position Summary:

The Department of Microbiology at the University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Biology Education Research. The appointment will begin on August 1, 2023. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to instructional excellence in undergraduate teaching and to establish and maintain an externally-funded educational research program in the broad area of biology educational research.

The successful candidate will use data science, machine learning, learning analytics, or educational data mining to tackle pressing challenges and/or generate foundational knowledge in biology or STEM higher education. Responsibilities include teaching courses in introductory biology, developing a well-funded educational research program, working closely with departmental colleagues to establish cutting-edge teaching techniques and enhance current instructional practices across the course catalog, and training/mentoring education-focused undergraduate and graduate students in research experiences.

As a member of the internationally-renowned Department of Microbiology, the candidate will join 19 faculty members dedicated to furthering the knowledge of microbial physiology and ecology. The Department is highly committed to the undergraduate and graduate teaching mission, with several faculty members and graduate students recognized by institutional teaching awards. This position will also be part of the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence to Advance Teaching & Learning Cluster, a group of six tenure-track faculty hired in the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences and the Mary Francis Early College of Education. Scholarship conducted by cluster faculty has the potential to enhance assessment and active learning in classrooms; illuminate previously unseen inequities in classrooms and educational systems; transform educational data into new insights that benefit students, teachers, and administrators; and improve data science education in K12 and higher education. This cluster will strengthen and expand UGA’s position as a national leader in discipline-based education research and build on existing core strengths in data science and artificial intelligence for teaching and learning.

The candidate will also join a growing community of 10 biology education researchers, plus discipline-based education researchers in physics, chemistry, and engineering. The cluster faculty will be able to work closely with the Scientists Engaged in Education Research (SEER) Center, the Artificial Intelligence for STEM Education (AI4STEM Education) Center, the Digital Humanities Lab, and the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research. Coupled with the extensive educational resources available at the Center for Teaching and Learning at UGA (, these institutions provide an extremely supportive and collaborative environment to utilize discipline-based data to improve and advance STEM teaching and learning across the College.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

Candidates should have have at least one year of postdoctoral experience in education research or teaching, and have at least one semester of teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

Highly competitive applicants will have a track record of publication in the field of biology education research, will use scholarship to examine equity in science education, and demonstrates a commitment to maintaining diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in science and education.

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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