Director, Center for Biotechnology Education/ Sr. Lecturer

Institution Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) is a division of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU). As the nation’s oldest and one of the most prestigious research universities, Johns Hopkins offers high-quality master’s degrees and post-baccalaureate education to students in the mid-Atlantic region and online. In addition to the online programs, AAP also offers master’s degrees and graduate certificate programs at its Washington, DC, Center and at the Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD. AAP enrolls almost 5,000 students each academic year. JHU is committed to hiring candidates who, through their teaching and service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Position Description:

The Advanced Academic Programs (AAP) division seeks a Faculty Center Director to teach in and provide administrative leadership to the Center for Biotechnology Education. The AAP Center for Biotechnology Education is home to eight master's degrees and three certificate programs. Its extensive outreach activities serve as a pipeline of students, faculty, and professionals in the fields of biotechnology, bioinformatics, regulatory science, and biotechnology enterprise and entrepreneurship to its programs.

In both academic and administrative leadership roles, the Center Director oversees the curriculum, students, faculty, and staff for all of the program offerings. There are currently 1,322 active students, one staff position, ten full-time faculty, two part-time faculty, and over 130 active adjuncts.

The Center Director is also responsible for the development and oversight of new initiatives. Currently, the Center is working on the launch of a new degree: the MS in Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies, a timely new offering that will attract a significant number of new enrollments. In addition to managing a large faculty and new initiatives, the Center Director advises roughly 150 active students as they progress through their degree each term.

The Center Director role is critical to maintaining the overall high quality of the Center’s offerings, and ensuring that some of AAP’s largest programs continue to exceed enrollment goals. Of particular interest are candidates who have experience teaching and engaging students from diverse backgrounds. The Faculty Center Director is a full-time, non-tenure-track, 12-month renewable faculty position with the academic title of Senior Lecturer. The Center Director also serves as the Program Director for one or more programs within the Center. The Center Director reports to the Program Chair for Biotechnology and the Associate Dean for AAP. This position will remain open until filled.

The Center Director will have the following faculty and administrative responsibilities:

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Teaching 3 graduate courses per year, including the preparation for and time spent in the classroom (online or onsite), using best practices for online teaching, engaging and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds in the learning process, responding to student questions;
  • Advising up 150 students in the Center for Biotechnology Education, including thesis and/or capstone or Independent Research Project advising;
  • Providing innovative leadership for curriculum design and new course development to ensure the growth and delivery of quality programs;
  • submitting educational grants and serving as a principal investigator (PI).
  • Other academic duties normally performed by full-time or regular part-time faculty, such as participating on committees, attending academic events, or contributing to other academic service.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Providing overall supervision for the eight programs and three certificates within the Center for Biotechnology Education
  • Serving as Program Director for one or more programs within the Center
  • Overseeing full-time and adjunct faculty hiring, development, and evaluation; making personnel decisions in consultation with Program Chair and KSAS Dean or designee
  • Overseeing the budget for the Center for Biotechnology Education
  • Overseeing program admissions processes, including reviewing and approving prospect admission materials
  • Coordinating program promotion and outreach, including interacting with outside groups and developing external / internal partnerships
  • Coordinating with staff in student and faculty services, online education, marketing, finance, and enrollment services departments on operational issues related to program administration
  • Service on the AAP Academic Policy Committee
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree in the biological sciences
  • 3-5 years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level
  • 3 or more years of experience at the Program Director level, or equivalent administrative experience
  • the ability to teach a wide variety of courses in the biotechnology and biological science fields
  • demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and innovation in curriculum design

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5 or more years of higher education teaching experience online and/or at the graduate level;
  • 3-5 years of related professional work experience outside of academia within the biological sciences, including but not limited to consulting or collaborative work or research with organizations like FDA, NCI, NIH, HHS, Biotechnology Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies, or Professional Associations;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment with competing demands and multiple deadlines;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience managing a degree or certificate program
  • Experience managing laboratory environments

Application Instructions

Candidates must submit the following via Interfolio:

  • a cover letter
  • curriculum vitae
  • 3 references and their contact information
  • Teaching evaluations for the most recent two semesters.

The selected candidate will be expected to undergo a background check and to submit proof of educational attainment.

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