Renewable Term Lecturer in Biology (Non Tenure-Track)

California, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Sep 23, 2020
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Hiring Range: Salary will be based on the number of courses taught and years of teaching experience; benefits eligible. Recognizing the high cost of housing in the local area, the University has established a rental assistance program for qualified faculty. For details, please refer to:


Job Description: The Department of Biology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, invites applications for a full-time Lecturer to address persistent teaching needs. We seek candidates with demonstrated expertise in teaching undergraduate biology courses in Anatomy and PhysiologyCandidates should possess a PhD/MD, or equivalent advanced degree in a biology-relevant field, including biology education. Teaching experience is required. 

Lecturers at SCU are primarily committed to high quality teaching, which broadly defined also includes curriculum development, instructional leadership, and student advising. Lecturer appointments are initially three years with reappointment terms of three years, followed by ongoing reappointment terms of six years depending on performance and programmatic need. Lecturers are integral and valued members of departments and are offered the opportunity for promotion to Senior Lecturer after nine years. Please contact the Biology department chair, David Hess at with questions about the position of Lecturer at Santa Clara University. These teaching-related activities make up 70% of the expected job responsibilities. Lecturers are also expected to engage in service at the departmental level or higher (15%) and in professional activities that are appropriate to their discipline and contributes to their primary responsibility for teaching (15%). The successful candidate will teach seven undergraduate courses per year on the quarter system. This is a nine-month, full-time, non-tenurable appointment that may be renewed for additional terms contingent upon availability of funds, ongoing need, and superior teaching, service, and professional activity. This position starts September 1, 2021. 

Additional information on the SCU Biology Department, can be found on our website at Inquiries can be sent to the search committee by email at Applications must be submitted through the HR portal, and received by 11/01/20.

Located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, SCU is a private, Jesuit, Catholic university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Applicants are invited to visit the University’s website ( for background on Santa Clara’s mission, scope of programs and degrees offered, and the multicultural student population we serve.

Santa Clara University and the Biology department more specifically are committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. 

Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.


Basic Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a biology relevant field including biology education. Applicants who are ABD or possess a Master’s degree, accompanied by commensurate academic experience in Anatomy, Physiology, or a closely-related field (3-4 years of college or professional teaching) will be considered.  Demonstrated excellence in teaching Anatomy and Physiology at the college level.  Demonstrated interest and experience with inclusive teaching strategies.



Duties include but are not limited to:

1.         Teaching

  • Typically teach the equivalent of 7 courses per year, usually 3 upper-division courses with labs and one additional course without lab.
  • Use appropriate measures of student performance, providing timely feedback to students.
  • Assign grades and offer substantive feedback that offers an accurate and fair assessment of student work. 
  • Post and maintain regular office hours. 
  • Serve as an advisor to assigned students.
  • Develop courses that align with departmental needs and student interests.

2.        Professional Activities

  • Engage in creative work or professional practice in the discipline so as to contribute to improved teaching, this includes engagement in education research.

3.         Service

  • Engage in service to the Department, College, University, and the profession. 

Deadline for Applications: 11/01/20

Start Date: 09/01/21


Application Procedure

Applicants should provide:

  • curriculum vitae,
  • sample syllabi and teaching evaluations (if available),
  • contact information for three references
  • a cover letter and/or personal statement(s) describing:
             a) teaching interests and philosophy,

             b) experience working with people of diverse cultures and identities,

             c) experience with curriculum development for Anatomy/Physiology or relevant courses

All application materials, except for confidential letters of recommendation, should be submitted online in electronic form via the Workday system at Confidential letters of recommendation should be emailed to Attention: Search Committee Chair, Christelle Sabatier, at 


Work Authorization:

Santa Clara University does not sponsor any visa applications for this position. The successful candidate must be able to provide evidence of identity and legal authorization to work in the United States.

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