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Teaching Assistant Professor/Instructor

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Dec 1, 2023

Job Summary

The Continuing Education department at the University of Colorado, Boulder is pleased to invite applications for a full-time instructor position in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) with a start date of Fall 2024. This position will require experience teaching in an online, asynchronous format. EBIO’s online courses are offered through Continuing Education and are available to all CU students, including post-baccalaureate students and those who are completing their degree remotely. We seek an individual who sees teaching as a passion and will create effective learning environments in a variety of formats. The successful candidate will inspire students by creating a compassionate, inclusive learning environment. We expect candidates to have demonstrated experience in innovative, evidence-based, and student-centered teaching practices. At the same time, candidates should have sufficient research experience to be able to support students seeking in-depth scholarly experiences and to train students for careers in research and professional fields. Candidates will actively contribute to, and provide, leadership in social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts in the department.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

We seek a person who will form a bridge between the Division of Continuing Education (with its online curriculum and particularly diverse student body) and the EBIO department. The successful candidate will be a member of the EBIO department that strives to offer a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, and supportive environment for all of our faculty. We aim to enhance student learning and create a compassionate, inclusive environment. We aspire to support CU-Boulder’s common curriculum by enabling students to support a sustainable future through habits of mind (including discovery, reflection, and engagement) and through acquisition of skills (including critical thinking, information literacy, and communication). Specifically, teaching in EBIO aims to provide practice in using the principles of ecology and evolution to develop an understanding of biological processes across multiple scales as well as how biology connects to other disciplines and big questions. We also provide opportunity for engagement in observation-, discovery-, and hypothesis-driven studies of biology, collaboration across diverse knowledge and perspectives, evaluation of scientific claims, and effective communication of scientific ideas.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The successful applicant will:

  • Be rostered in Continuing Education with an assignment of 80% Teaching and 20% Service (all service in the EBIO department).
  • Teach five courses per academic year through Continuing Education in an asynchronous online format plus one (synchronous) in-person lecture course directly for EBIO per academic year (topic TBD). Continuing Education courses are small classes with a maximum of 35 students each. Possible courses to be taught through Continuing Education may include the EBIO courses General Biology 1 and 2, Evolution, Ecosystem Ecology, Biostats, and/or others. There will also be an opportunity to develop a new upper division course based on the candidate’s specialty!
  • Contribute actively to continuous improvement of course content, delivery, and related support.
  • Actively foster social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in the department.
What You Should Know

The contract will be renewable on a three-year basis.

What We Can Offer

The hiring range for this position will be $62,000 - $68,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require
  • PhD (awarded no later than May 2024) in a relevant field of biology that allows the individual to support the EBIO curriculum.
What You Will Need
  • Experience teaching in an online, asynchronous format.
  • Demonstrated organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with various on-campus constituencies.
  • Demonstrated research expertise in EBIO as a field.
  • Experience successfully managing and training others, especially college-age students.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and commitment to, diversity and inclusion in undergraduate education.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with undergraduates, including in a role of course of instructor.
  • Scholarly expertise that demonstrates the ability to integrate and connect.
  • Experience in designing innovative course material for EBIO students.
  • Demonstrated ability to assess the impact of a program.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks)
  4. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Example syllabus of a lecture course taught.
  7. A statement describing the applicant's approaches to online, asynchronous teaching using specific examples.
  8. Some form of evaluation of teaching performance by students (a synopsis of student ratings and written answers) and, if available, by peers.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

To ensure full consideration, please apply by December 15, 2023 . Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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