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Biology Visiting Faculty (Teaching Specialist or Lecturer)

University of Minnesota - Rochester

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Job Title: Biology Visiting Faculty (Teaching Specialist or Lecturer)
Location: Rochester
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 353632
About the Job

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) invites applications for a visiting faculty position in biology (non-tenure track) for its undergraduate degree program, the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS). The position is teaching-focused, including classroom and lab instruction and JustASK hours (100% teaching). This is a 9-month, annually renewable position, beginning August, 2023, through May, 2025, with the possibility for extension.

The instructor will join the Center for Learning Innovation (CLI), an innovative, interdisciplinary department. The CLI coordinates the development and teaching of an integrated, writing-enriched curriculum for a baccalaureate degree in the health sciences. It promotes a learner-centered, undergraduate environment in which ongoing assessment informs pedagogical and curricular choices and is the basis for data-driven research on learning.

    We are seeking a qualified instructor who has significant interest in supporting student learning in a high-contact model inside and outside of the classroom and will work closely with other faculty to coordinate and teach anatomy and physiology and introductory biology courses for health sciences undergraduates. The successful instructor will have experience in implementing pedagogical strategies and supporting a diverse student body population as UMR has growing populations of students of color and first generation college students. The instructor should be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in biology and student focused courses in the Center for Learning Innovation, such as first-year Cornerstone or senior year Capstone courses, to support student success.

    Duties include assisting preparation and team-taught delivery of course content in the interactive learning classroom, assisting in preparing and teaching laboratory sessions, grading, holding weekly hours in the Just ASK tutoring center, assisting in ordering laboratory supplies, supervising undergraduate teaching assistants, facilitating department-wide data collection efforts that coincide with course delivery duties, and other related duties as assigned.


    A master’s or doctorate degree in biology or a closely related field that includes a strong background in human anatomy and physiology is required for this position.

    The successful candidate will also have excellent communication skills (both written and verbal). Experience in laboratory instruction and interdisciplinary teams, as well as a commitment to exemplary teaching are preferred. The successful candidate is also comfortable working independently.

    The University of Minnesota requires that an employee has authorization to work in the US in which the role is based. In the event an applicant does not have current work authorization, the University of Minnesota will determine, in its sole discretion, whether to sponsor an individual for work authorization. However, based on immigration requirements, not all roles are suitable for sponsorship. This role is available for candidates already authorized to work in the United States.


    The University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

    • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
    • Low cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
    • Health care and dependent daycare flexible spending accounts
    • Excellent retirement plans with employer match
    • Disability and employer paid life insurance
    • Wellbeing program with reduced insurance premiums
    • Tuition reimbursement opportunities covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition
    • Opportunities for growth and promotion
    • Employee Assistance Program
    How To Apply

    Review of applications will begin February 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, with the expectation of starting August, 2023 (Fall Semester). Applications must be submitted online at Search postings for Job Requisition #353632 for application instructions and links. In addition to the Faculty/Academic Application for Employment form, applicants must attach to the online application: (1) a cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) description of teaching experience and philosophy, and (4) a statement of commitment to diversity with an example of addressing diversity in an undergraduate setting/classroom. For more information, e-mail [email protected]


    The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

    The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

    Employment Requirements

    Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

    Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

    About the U of M

    University of Minnesota Rochester Vision and Core Values:
    The University of Minnesota Rochester is nationally recognized for inspiring and empowering undergraduates to solve the health care challenges of the 21st-century. UMR core values are embedded in our Vision: community, respect, diversity and inclusivity, evidence-based decision making, and human potential. To build and sustain collaborative communities that move us toward our Vision while creating a culture of trust, accountability and belonging, we necessarily place high value on diversity and inclusiveness. As a diverse and purpose-driven community, we value human potential and the significance of every person, compelling us to make evidence-based decisions that will empower individual learning and development so that students, staff, faculty, and community partners will flourish. To learn more about our campus diversity and inclusion, please go to:


    Working at University of Minnesota - Rochester

    UMR offers distinctive health sciences and biosciences education to prepare students for a broad spectrum of current and emerging careers, ranging from patient care to pure and applied research.

    The campus community serves approximately 750 undergraduate and graduate students in the heart of downtown Rochester.

    Vision: The University of Minnesota Rochester will inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the grand health care challenges of the 21st century.

    Founded: 2006

    First Graduating Class: 2013

    Location: Downtown Rochester, Minnesota -- in the heart of the medical world

    Specialty: Undergraduate Health Sciences

    UMR Majors:

    Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)

    • An innovative degree program with an integrated curriculum to provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences field.

    Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP)

    Enrollment: Enrollment varies by class, but maximum enrollment is approximately 1,000.

    Average Incoming High School Cumulative GPA: 3.6

    Average Class Size: 21

    Median ACT: 22-27

    Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1

    Note: There are no Teaching Assistants. There are no lecture halls. Faculty are available in JustASK Centers daily.

    Financial Aid: 97% of students received financial aid in 2017.

    Diversity Profile: University of Minnesota Rochester

    The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) has always prided itself in its diverse student body. UMR is different from other colleges and universities, having a single focus in providing degrees in health care. At this innovative campus, students who are traditionally in underrepresented populations in higher education (students of color, first-year generation students, Pell Grant-eligible students) are not only being retained but are also graduating in four years at rates above national numbers. Last year’s incoming class included 35.7% students of color.


    Faculty and staff build relationships with students, connecting them to resources that contribute to student success during their time at UMR. Each student is paired with a success coach and given access to learning cohorts, Living Learning CommunitiesJustASK centers where faculty are readily available, bridge programs, and first-year student research teams.


    More than 90% of UMR graduates complete their education and earn their degrees in four years or less, reducing the debt that they incur compared to other universities. Because of the specialized degrees offered at UMR, alumni graduate into a field where they are able to find jobs quickly, fulfilling a workforce shortage. 100% of Bachelor of Science in Health Professions students are employed in their field post-graduation.  


    Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degree continue their studies in medicine, mental health, public health and research.


    UMR is constantly being driven to discover new, innovative ways to serve its students. One of the ways this is accomplished is through faculty’s primary research being conducted on student learning. The results of this research is seen in UMR’s unique flipped classrooms, active classroom environment (rather than traditional lecture-based classes), consistent group work, and most notably, the intersection between various subjects. Faculty in UMR’s Center for Learning Innovation offer an integrated curriculum, enabling students to develop critical thinking skills, empowering them to be exceptional learners whose careers address real life and real-world problems in the health care arena.


    As the workforce demand in the health care industry increases, as well as the diversity among graduating high school seniors, not only in Minnesota but also around the country and world, UMR is poised to welcome underrepresented students to its purpose-driven campus. UMR’s evidence-based, relationship-driven practices are propelling the University to inspire transformation in higher education through innovations that empower graduates to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

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