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Associate Director D, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
May 30, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Associate Director D, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination or a University authorized exemption is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Associate Director D, Undergraduate Neuroscience Program

Job Profile Title
Associate Director D, Student Services, Academic Programs

Job Description Summary
The Undergraduate Neuroscience Program in Penn Arts and Sciences is seeking an Associate Director, with a start date of mid-July or Aug 1, 2023. The Associate Director supports the Undergraduate Neuroscience Program through teaching and administrative work. The Associate Director is responsible for teaching two (2) undergraduate neuroscience courses each year, as well as advising students on the major requirements, research opportunities, study abroad, career options, and other issues as they arise. The Associate Director provides oversight for course rostering and enrollment management, as well as Program teaching needs and teaching performance. They act as the liaison to other university offices, participate in program meetings, help plan and implement solutions to problems that impact the program, and perform other duties as necessary.

Job Description

The Neuroscience Program is home to an interdisciplinary major and several minors, in which students explore biological, psychological, computational and clinical approaches to understand the nervous system as the basis of behavior, perception, memory, motivation, and emotion. Faculty from a variety of departments contribute to the teaching of course in this major, as well as several full-time lecturers. In addition to teaching, the program supports outreach activities, the undergraduate Penn Neuroscience Society, and an annual research symposium for majors.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide support for the major, including advising of majors, updating of student worksheets, oversight of course rostering and management of enrollment, as well as other pertinent details that allow the Program to function smoothly. Work with students who have issues that go beyond normal advising discussions, including those with academic difficulty, prospective students and international students.
  • Teach two (2) neuroscience courses that support the Program curriculum each academic year.
  • Manage curriculum planning and identify and engage instructors and teaching assistants for NRSC courses as necessary.
  • Identify any problems with major-related courses and implement solutions, including managing enrollments.
  • Act as a liaison between the Program and NRSC course instructors, the SAS College Office, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).
  • Participate in Program meetings, coordinating responses to any issues that arise.
  • Perform other duties as necessary as requested by the Program Director.

Qualifications: PhD in neuroscience or similar field and one year of experience is required; Teaching experience at the college level; administrative experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Arts and Sciences

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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