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Lecturer of Biology (Microbiology)

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

Position Summary

The Department of Biology at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for a one-year, non-tenure track lecturer position to begin August 2024. This full time appointment has the opportunity to be renewed. This position is focused on teaching key department courses with strong and/or growing enrollment primarily in the field of Microbiology, although other courses may be taught based on the applicant’s background. For more information on the Department of Biology, please visit: .

MSU Denver and the Department of Biology are committed to active and strategic initiatives in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Biology are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our biology-focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to the discipline, the community, and society.

At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.

MSU Denver enrolls over 17,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), an INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity ( HEED ) Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only Seal of Excelencia certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.


Teach 30 semester credit hours per academic year, including all required laboratories. The successful candidate will teach lower division courses that may include Introductory Biology, Introductory Microbiology for Nursing Students with Lab, General Microbiology with Lab, and upper division microbiology courses that could include microbial physiology, pathogenic microbiology, microbial genetics, virology, immunology, microbial ecology, and mycology. The position’s teaching role will primarily be in person, with an option for online and/or hybrid instruction for some non-lab courses. A candidate with the appropriate background may also be expected to teach non-microbiology/non-introductory courses such as vertebrate zoology. The successful candidate will also be expected to hold five office hours per week.

Expectations for teaching, academic advising, and service are clearly defined by university and departmental guidelines for retention.

Required Qualifications
  • Earned master’s degree in Microbiology or closely related discipline completed no later than the start of the fall 2024 semester in early August
Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned PhD in Microbiology or closely related discipline completed no later than the start of the fall 2024 semester in early August
  • Demonstrated ability to teach introductory-level biology courses and lower and upper division college microbiology courses, such as general microbiology, microbial physiology, virology, or similar courses as evidenced by teaching experience, graduate training, and/or professional expertise. Additional teaching expertise outside of microbiology is welcome
  • Experience with teaching, mentoring, and/or advising a diverse urban student population including but not limited to students of color, LGBTQIA students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, nontraditional students, student veterans, and English-language learners
Salary for Announcement

The salary range for this position is $55,000 - $57,000 at Lecturer level. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by March 13, 2024 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. Interested applicants must apply online at MSU Denver’s career site, and search for JR102063.

In order for an applicant to be considered for the position, the applicant must have a complete file with the following:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Cover letter explicitly relating education and experience to the qualifications and responsibilities listed in the position summary
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts. If you do not have unofficial transcripts at the time you apply, you must email them to Tanya Rogowsky in Human Resources at by the full consideration date of March 13, 2024
  • A list of three professional references and their contact information
NOTE: Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. ​Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday Home page, searching 'Find Jobs'.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky

Posting Representative


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

Employee Benefits Offerings

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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