Human Biology, Fixed Term, Instructor

Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
May 19, 2021
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description

Position Summary


The College of Natural Science at Michigan State University welcomes applications for a full-time, 9-month, fixed-term instructor position beginning August 1, 2021 (with the expectation of yearly re-appointments based on satisfactory performance and continued funding). The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be to work with faculty and graduate/undergraduate teaching assistants to teach science writing and communication courses for our Human Biology Program. These writing-intensive courses provide students with opportunities to integrate critical and scientific thinking skills with foundational knowledge in evolution and human biology. Students also develop their abilities to obtain, evaluate, and communicate information in the biological sciences. Candidates for this position should have both disciplinary expertise in the biological sciences and a record of proficiency with scientific communication. 


Required Degree

Master or Ph.D


Minimum Requirements

  • Successful candidates will have a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in the biological sciences or an equivalent discipline
  • Scientific writing experience, and undergraduate teaching experience
  • Prior experiences with teaching science communication, community engaged learning, and other evidence-based pedagogical strategies at the undergraduate level


Desired Qualifications

  • The candidate must have a strong commitment to student success and to creating an inclusive learning environment for a diverse group of students
  • The candidate must also be committed to continued professional development and is expected to become part of the vibrant community of scholars engaged in improving undergraduate STEM education at MSU


Required Application Materials

A complete application must include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter (which discusses your interest in the position, includes a brief teaching philosophy, and addresses how issues of diversity and inclusion shape your pedagogy) to (posting #707650).
  • Contact information for 3 professional references; letters will be requested during the screening process



Please direct questions regarding the position to Elizabeth Tinsley Johnson, Assistant Professor of Human Biology and Chair of the Search Committee (


MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity.  The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities