The Department of Biology at Utah Valley University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at any rank, to begin in August 2020. We are seeking an outstanding candidate with a background in molecular biology to teach BIOL 1610 College Biology I and other courses. The successful candidate should have a strong commitment to undergraduate education and a research program amenable to undergraduate students. Candidates must have a doctorate degree, research background in molecular biology or a related discipline, and a strong commitment to effective teaching utilizing data-driven pedagogies in the classroom. Teaching responsibilities include: College Biology I (BIOL 1610), Molecular Biology (BIOL 3550), Experiments in Molecular Biology (BIOL 3555), and/or other courses within the successful candidate’s area of expertise, or as needed by the department. The successful candidate is expected to establish an active research program that includes mentoring of undergraduates and leads to peer-reviewed publications. The ability to contribute to a proposed Genomics/Bioinformatics B.S. degree program would be desirable. Additional responsibilities include working collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to promote successful growth of the department and serving on department, college, and university committees as fitting a tenure-track position. Applicants with experience and interest in teaching hybrid and/or online instruction are especially encouraged to apply. Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah with over 40,000 undergraduate students, and one of a few in the nation offering a dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. UVU is located in Orem, Utah at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains about 30 miles south of Salt Lake City.
Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate in molecular biology or related biological discipline required. Evidence of experience teaching general biology to undergraduate students.
● Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of molecular biology and general biology, and research methods in the field of molecular biology.
● A record of incorporating evidence-based pedagogy, such as active learning techniques, and innovative use of instructional technology in the classroom.
● A record of curricula development, effective verbal and written communication, and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students.
● The ability, desire, and skills to mentor undergraduate student research.
Strong knowledge of active learning pedagogies and an established record of incorporation of those techniques in the classroom (especially in general biology and molecular biology courses). Experience or strategies for teaching at open-enrollment institutions. Publication record that indicates successful use of molecular biological methods and mentorship of undergraduates. Experience in or and/or commitment to hybrid and online instruction.
May be required to teach evening or weekend classes (negotiable).
Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’s qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Please list a minimum of three references. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a letter of recommendation.