Assistant Professor, Biology
- Salt Lake Community College
- Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
- Category: Faculty-Science-Biology
- Posting Date: 05/03/2019
- Application Deadline: Open until filled
Position TitleAssistant Professor, Biology
Open Internally or ExternallyExternal
If faculty, tenure track statusTenure Track
Reports to (title)Associate Dean, Biology
DepartmentBiology -2G7 (School of STEM)
Initial Work LocationVaries
Starting Salary$44,394-$66,591 (Academic Yr)
Job Open Date01/25/2019
Open Until FilledNo
Priority Review Date03/05/2019
Salt Lake Community College is located in the Salt Lake Valley, nestled in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains. This area boasts more than just winter recreation; it is also the cultural heart of Utah. The cities and surrounding area offer year round, world-class recreation, sporting events, history, arts and entertainment. Utah consistently earns top accolades for its exceptional economy, affordable cost of living and strong communities.
Salt Lake Community College strives to be a model for inclusive and transformative education and therefore is seeking to hire an active, culturally and academically diverse faculty who is skilled in the scholarship of teaching, discovery, application and integration of knowledge. Specifically, the Biology Department is seeking a person who can provide an inclusive, engaging and rigorous educational experience to our pre-major biology students. The successful candidate will join a vital and innovative department as its members are reflective practitioners and knowledgeable teachers in their respective fields. Such faculty members actively serve students in obtaining the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in their careers.
The purpose of this faculty position will be to prepare and teach college-level pre-major courses related to organismal biology (e.g. zoology, botany, anatomy, and physiology) as well as other lecture and lab courses as assigned. The faculty member may be assigned to any SLCC location and may be assigned alternative work schedules (e.g. evenings) on an annual basis with variable teaching schedules. All faculty are expected to teach classes in accordance with established guidelines (e.g. Faculty Handbook) and policies (e.g. Academic Freedom, Professional Responsibility and Tenure Policy – Ref#C4S01.01), to conduct other instructional activities including student advising and developing curriculum, to participate in scholarly study and/or research and service and to be involved in academic governance, institutional support activities and oversight responsibilities (e.g. course leads) as assigned.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties
Teaching: Demonstrate a depth of understanding in the field of Biology as well as the ability to teach Biology courses. Effectively prepare and teach college biology courses and labs, in particular, College Biology I and II and associated labs, and other courses as assigned. Develop, revise, distribute and adhere to current course outlines, objectives and syllabi. Develop, revise, evaluate and maintain student assessments and performance records. Incorporate technology and high-impact practices into curriculum. Encourage students to complete student evaluation surveys and discuss results with Department Associate Dean. Maintain college-level standards in concurrent enrollment courses
Service: Serve on Department, School, and College committees and other governance activities as needed to assist in policy and curriculum development, procedures, and policies, or other matters that benefit students, the Department, School and College.
Professional Activities: Maintain and develops one’s field knowledge, credentials and pedagogy by pursuing professional development activities. Maintains and participates in professional organizations.
Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued
Attend regularly scheduled meetings, workshops, forums, college event-contract days.
Maintain regularly scheduled office/consultation hours. Advise students on program and/or course requirements.
Participate in curriculum development and textbook selection.
Accept other duties as assigned (e.g. Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Lead Instructor, search committees etc.
Maintain collegiality and a supportive attitude toward work, students, colleagues and administration. Demonstrate and support professional commitment to Department and College mission and Values.
1. PhD in Biology or closely related field.
2. Demonstrated teaching expertise in multiple areas of organismal biology such as zoology, botany, anatomy and physiology in both face-to-face and online delivery formats.
3. Experience in teaching biology lab classes.
4. Experience with Biology curriculum development.
5. Evidence of successful participation in department, college and professional activities.
6. Demonstrated commitment to improving access to, and retention in, higher education for students from communities traditionally under-represented in higher education and unique communities.
7. Demonstrated expertise or interest in the use of Open Education Resources and/or Pedagogy.
1. Master’s Degree in Biology or a closely related field with 18 or more graduate credits in organismal-related specialties..
2. Teaching experience in biology courses at the college level.
3. The following credentials do not meet the minimum requirements for this faculty position:
a. Master’s degree in Education.
b. PhD in Education without a MS degree in Biology
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, culture, ethnic background, and abilities.
• Ability to maintain good working relationships and collegiality with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities and special needs.
• Demonstrated knowledge in the discipline of organismal biology such as zoology, botany, human anatomy and physiology, and college biology.
• Demonstrated knowledge of Universal Design Principles for learning.
• Demonstrated knowledge and skills in technology and innovation as it relates to academia.
Priority Review Date March 5, 2019: All applications received by this date receive first priority in screening.
Required Documents for Application: Please attach a copy of your transcripts and resume/curriculum vitae and a cover letter for the committee to review. Additional documents for the committee to review are encouraged.
The committee will select final candidates for a classroom teaching demonstration.
The SLCC HR Dept will conduct criminal background checks on the selected finalist. In addition, official transcripts from the selected finalist are required before offering employment.
SLCC offers a comprehensive benefits package for FT Faculty members. More Information can be found at: http://i.slcc.edu/hr/benefits/full-time-employees.aspx
Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.
SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).
This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.