Clinical Faculty - Biology

Employer
University of St. Thomas
Location
Minnesota, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted
Sep 14, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
OVERVIEW

THE UNIVERSITY

Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and is Minnesota’s largest private university. Its 10,000 students pursue degrees in a wide range of liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs.

As a community, the University of St. Thomas is committed to:

  • Pursuit of truth - We value intellectual inquiry as a life-long habit, the unfettered and impartial pursuit of truth in all its forms, the integration of knowledge across disciplines, and the imaginative and creative exploration of new ideas.
  • Academic excellence - We create a culture among faculty, students and staff that recognizes the power of ideas and rewards rigorous thinking.
  • Faith and reason - We actively engage Catholic intellectual tradition, which values the fundamental compatibility of faith and reason and fosters meaningful dialogue directed toward the flourishing of human culture.
  • Dignity - We respect the dignity of each person and value the unique contributions that each brings to the greater mosaic of the university community.
  • Diversity - We strive to create a vibrant diverse community in which, together, we work for a more just and inclusive society.
  • Personal attention - We foster a caring culture that supports the well-being of each member.
  • Gratitude - We celebrate the achievements of all members of our community in goals attained and obstacles overcome, and in all things give praise to God.

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

The University of St. Thomas invites applications for a full-time, 10-month Clinical Faculty position in Biology for the university’s two-year college, the Dougherty Family College. This is a non-tenure-track, renewable position.

Faculty will teach 100-level courses in Human Biology (with a blended lab experience) and serve as academic advisor and mentor to a cohort of students. We seek colleagues with a record of success in teaching Biology courses, expertise in culturally responsive pedagogy, and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Faculty are expected to teach 3 courses per semester and provide intensive mentoring and advising. The successful candidate will teach an online course during January and every other summer (additional compensation is given for online courses). This is a full-time 10-month non-tenure track, renewable positon (starting August 1, 2021).

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities, and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our mission to inspire our students, using the Catholic intellectual tradition, to think critically, work skillfully, and act wisely – all for the common good.  A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS/EDUCATION

We seek candidates who recognize the value of high expectations, student-teacher relationships, and home-school-community connections for students’ academic achievement. Competitive candidates will demonstrate how their teaching record fosters successful learning communities reflective of their students' diverse cultures. Candidates will also demonstrate how their teaching has prompted students to make use of their culturally embedded knowledge, resulting in meaningful learning that affirms their students' social identities and connections while promoting high academic performance.

Successful candidates will have a background in critical and/or culturally responsive pedagogies and recognize their own cultural experiences, identities, manifestation of privilege, and the dynamics these evoke in and outside of the classroom. Candidates will embrace self-reflection, value excellence through educational equity, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing culturally responsive learning in a collaborative, collegial environment.

We are seeking highly motivated, innovative, and creative educators who will provide intensive mentoring and advising to students. Faculty mentors are expected to help students earn their associate of arts degrees and prepare them with the solid educational foundation to successfully complete their bachelor’s degrees. Faculty are expected to be on campus and available to students at least four days a week 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. The academic class schedule is very structured. The Biology class is scheduled for a 2 1/2-hour block twice a week (total of 5 hours of instructional time per class each week, this includes the blended lab). Faculty will meet with each advisee (approximately 25 advisees) for individual mentoring sessions at minimum 30 minutes a month. Faculty will meet with their entire cohort in Leadership Advisory Groups (LAG) at minimum 1 hour a month.

In addition to teaching, mentoring, and advising, faculty are expected to work with students during the August summer enrichment program and perform other responsibilities related to college program development and assessment. Required Master’s degree in Biology or closely related discipline.

COMPENSATION

This is a full-time 10-month non-tenure track, renewable positon (August 1- May 31). The successful candidate will receive a competitive compensation package and comprehensive employee benefits. The successful candidate will teach online courses during January and every other summer (additional compensation is given for online courses).

TO APPLY

Application Deadline: January 25, 2021. Applications should be submitted online at https://jobs.stthomas.edu and include the following: cover letter; CV that includes at least three references who can specifically address the candidate’s teaching experience; a one-page statement that presents the candidate’s philosophy of developing and leading initiatives to support a culturally responsive curriculum (discuss culturally responsive pedagogy in statement); and evidence of teaching excellence with underserved students (e.g., student feedback on your teaching).

 

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.


The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at www.stthomas.edu/jobs.


The University of St. Thomas is an Equal Opportunity Employer.