Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Assistant Teaching Professor for Field Biology (Initial Review 10/17/22)
Position title: Assistant Teaching Professor The Assistant Teaching Professor title confers the rights and responsibilities of membership in the Academic Senate, and it has the payroll title Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). An LPSOE is eligible for promotion to "Security of Employment," which is analogous to tenure.
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis)
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023, with the academic year beginning in September 2023.
Open date: August 17, 2022
Next review date: Monday, Oct 17, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at the University of California (UC), Santa Cruz invites applications for an Assistant Teaching Professor for Field Biology. The primary focus of this position is the teaching of introductory field courses within the undergraduate curriculum in EEB, including student-centered, inquiry-based courses with overnight field trips. A key aspect of the position is guiding student-led research projects on a wide range of organisms and habitats. The successful candidate should be a skilled instructor with experience in immersive field-based teaching, who is familiar with evidence-based pedagogy and learning assessment methodologies and is innovative and entrepreneurial with respect to developing instructional initiatives. As a member of the Academic Senate, the successful candidate will be an important resource for undergraduate curriculum development and will participate in departmental and university committees as needed to enhance teaching and learning. The successful candidate will share evidence-based teaching methods and be a resource for innovative teaching practices, particularly in field-based learning. The successful candidate must demonstrate professional achievement and intellectual leadership through publication, creative accomplishments, or other professional/scholarly activity. Such activity may include mentoring undergraduate field research projects that lead to publications and/or conducting STEM education research.
UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who support these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) with a high proportion of first-generation students. The successful candidate will clearly articulate an understanding of the barriers facing individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM and in higher education and will leverage innovative teaching practices to reduce gaps among students from different educational backgrounds. We particularly seek candidates who have experience in equity and diversity with respect to teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Activities promoting equity and inclusion at UC Santa Cruz will be recognized as important university service during the faculty promotion process. More information can be found at https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html.
The chosen candidate will be expected to sign a statement representing that they are not the subject of any ongoing investigation or disciplinary proceeding at their current academic institution or place of employment, nor have they in the past ten years been formally disciplined at any academic institution/place of employment. In the event the candidate cannot make this representation, they will be expected to disclose in writing to the hiring Dean the circumstances surrounding any formal discipline that they have received, as well as any current or ongoing investigation or disciplinary process of which they are the subject. (Note that discipline includes a negotiated settlement agreement to resolve a matter related to substantiated misconduct.)
Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or a related field; record of field-based teaching; record of professional achievement and activity; record of contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position
- Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements (see https://apo.ucsc.edu/diversity.html) before preparing their application.
- Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
- Statement of Teaching - Statement describing teaching philosophy, experience in field courses, examples of the use of evidence-based teaching practices, teaching interests especially as they would be envisioned at UC Santa Cruz, and professional achievement and activities related to teaching and mentoring
- Sample course materials - Sample may include sample syllabus, example activities, or other course materials .
If submitting multiple samples, please combine into one PDF.
- Evidence of teaching - At least one set of student evaluations of teaching (if available); teaching evaluations will be considered holistically, with an equity lens, and only during the final round of candidate selection. Other evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., reports from peer observations) may be included if available.
If submitting multiple samples, please combine into one PDF.
- 3-5 letters of reference required
Applications must include confidential letters of recommendation.* A minimum of 3 are required. Two additional letters may be included; these may be letters from teaching assistants or students. Please note that your references will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.
*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSCs confidentiality statement at http://apo.ucsc.edu/confstm.htm.
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