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Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology

Employer
Kenai Peninsula College
Location
Soldotna, Alaska
Salary
Salary commensurate with education and experience, and includes a full employee benefits package.
Posted Date
Sep 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary:

Kenai Peninsula College invites applications for a tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor of Biology in the College of Arts and Science as part of the University of Alaska Anchorage system. Primary duties include teaching general biology courses, Anatomy and Physiology and related science courses, participating in university/professional/ and community service programs and developing and implementing undergraduate research opportunities.

Duties:

Teaching day or evening courses, including face-to-face and distance delivery in 100/200 level biology courses; Developing research partnerships and opportunities for undergraduate students; Providing community service related to the biology department and university/college service; Holding weekly office hours appropriate for the course(s) being taught; Advising and mentoring students interested in the field of biology

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES:

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills in an environment involving a variety of cultures, backgrounds and age levels.
  • Evidence of a potential for successful teaching.
  • Ability to create meaningful undergraduate research opportunities.
  • Ability to publish peer-reviewed scientific articles.
  • Demonstrated commitment to taking on the tasks associated with being a productive member of a small faculty, such as committee membership and community service.
  • Demonstrated involvement with professional and/or academic organizations. Demonstrated success working with diverse populations.
  • Ability to advise and mentor students in a culturally diverse environment. Ability to teach in face-to-face, hybrid delivery, and distance delivery formats.


Preferred
Ability to provide general oversight for biology offerings at KPC, including review and selection of adjuncts as necessary, and providing coordination for biology courses in related programs.
 

TYPICAL EXPERIENCE:

Significant coursework development and experience in teaching introductory biology courses.
Experience teaching at an accredited institution of higher education.
Experience designing curriculum for and teaching for both distance and face to face courses.
Experience with learning management systems such as Blackboard.
Experience in university research consistent with job duty description.

Preferred:
Experience teaching human anatomy and physiology.
Experience teaching upper division biology courses.
Current research experience focusing on biological systems with potential to focus specifically on Cook Inlet and/or the Kenai Peninsula.
Experience in the field or post-doctoral activity.
Experience utilizing innovative technologies in a teaching setting.
Experience working as a member of university service organizations (Faculty Senate, Curriculum Committee).
Experience in offering community-engaged or placed-based teaching opportunities for students.
Experience with culturally responsive teaching/multicultural education.
Experience working with community and other constituencies.
 

REQUIRED EDUCATION OR TRAINING:

PhD in Biology or related field from a regionally accredited university.

Successful applicants must provide official transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment. Qualifying earned degrees must be conferred either by institutions of higher education which are accredited by one of the six US regional accrediting associations or by an equivalent international institution of higher education as determined by UAA based on a review by a foreign educational credential evaluation service and recognized by UAA.

SALARY INFORMATION The position is effective August 2023 and is a 9-month per year position which supports the university tripartite mission of teaching a 5-part workload with three parts teaching, one part research and one part university/community service. Salary commensurate with education and experience, and includes a  full employee benefits package.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date, October 26, 2022, 11:55pm Alaska Standard Time, and include required application materials. The search committee may choose to leave the position open but has the option to close it at any time after the review date.

We especially encourage applications from candidates who understand the diversity present in Alaska, our local community and student body, and who will enhance and promote engagement with other cultures.

IMPORTANT: Please document all of the listed required and preferred education, knowledge, skills, abilities and experience.

Please submit your online application and electronically attach the following documents:

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vita
3. Three professional references, including the names, titles, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses
4. One-page teaching philosophy statement
5. Unofficial Transcripts (Successful candidate will provide official transcripts when hired)

In addition to an interview, finalists will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation showcasing a biological sciences portfolio and a 15-minute teaching presentation pertaining to a 100/200 biological sciences related topic typically delivered in a classroom.

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SUMMARY: Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) is a campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage. The college has three locations and is comprised of: 
-Kenai River Campus, Soldotna 
-Kachemak Bay Campus, Homer 
-Resurrection Bay Extension Site, Seward 


This position will be located at the Kenai River Campus situated on 309 acres along the banks of the beautiful Kenai River, the ancestral homelands of the Dena'ina Athabascan, Ahtna Athabascan, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq and Eyak peoples. The area is known for its wildlife splendor, mountain viewscapes, world-class fishing and hunting, hiking, canoe trails and winter outdoor adventure. And yet, Anchorage, Alaska's largest city is just a 2.5-hour drive or 20-minute flight away.

KPC offers two-year Associates of Arts and Associates of Applied Science degrees, as well as courses leading to occupational certifications and UAA baccalaureate degrees, such as Psychology, Art and Anthropology.  The college has 24 full-time faculty, 55+ staff, 15+ student employees, and 65+ part-time faculty each semester. KPC enrolls more than 1,800 students/semester.

We honor diverse experiences and perspectives - including differences in ideas, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, culture, nationality, age, disability, veteran and socioeconomic status-and strive to create welcoming and inclusive learning environments where all are treated with respect.

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*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

 

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

 

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

 

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

 

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

 

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