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Temporary, Part-Time Biology Instructor - (Unsolicited)

Millersville University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 7, 2024

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Temporary, Part-Time Biology Instructor - (Unsolicited)
Millersville University

Department: Biology
Nature of Position: Temporary, part-time

Job Summary/Basic Function
The department of Biology is accepting applications for part-time instructor responsible for teaching undergraduate biology courses on an as-needed basis. The Biology Department at times needs temporary part-time Instructors to fill in for faculty on sabbaticals or leaves.

Temporary, part-time instructor responsible for teaching biology courses, including both lecture and laboratory, at the introductory level. Relevant courses include, but are not limited to, BIOL 100 (General Biology) and BIOL 101 (Foundations of Biology).

  • While the Department's primary instructional need is for BIOL 100/101 instructors, additional opportunities to teach “core” lab-based courses, such as Concepts of Botany, Concepts of Zoology, Cell & Developmental Biology, or Genetics & Molecular Biology are possible based on situational need.

The purpose of this posting is to generate a pool of qualified faculty. Applications submitted will be reviewed on an as needed basis based on enrollment. Anyone meeting the qualifications may be contacted for an interview and potentially hired when a need exists. In the event that you are interviewed but not immediately hired, your application will remain in the departments pool of qualified faculty.

A complete application will include:
  • Cover letter describing qualifications for the position and teaching philosophy.
  • Current curriculum vitae or professional resume.
  • Copies of registrar-issued transcripts for all degrees conferred and in progress.
  • Two letters of professional reference dated within the last 12 months.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials far enough in advance of the closing date to allow time for their references to respond. If you choose to provide additional documentation, please upload these items as optional documents.

Please do not link your application to the position until you have uploaded all of the required documents and any optional documents you want to provide. You will not be able to change the materials submitted or upload any new additional materials, after the application process has been completed and you receive a confirmation number.
Located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Millersville University of Pennsylvania is one of the 10 public universities of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. Our pillars of distinction include exceptionally strong student-faculty relationships, numerous programs of distinction, a beautiful campus and vibrant location, and successful job placement for our students. Our students' success, both inside and outside of the classroom, is our highest priority, and we provide numerous opportunities to facilitate their academic, personal, and social growth and development. Almost 70 baccalaureate programs are available for our 6,000 students to find their path.. Approximately one thousand graduate students enroll in 21 master's and three doctoral programs. Our faculty are highly respected in their fields and dedicated to the success of students in the classroom, research labs, and in campus life. Over 66,000 alumni live in all 50 states and in 72 countries around the world. We seek individuals who embrace and value our EPPIIC values of exploration, public mission, professionalism, inclusion, integrity, and compassion.

At Millersville University we are committed to fostering a learning and working environment that promotes diversity to foster a climate of inclusion. EPPIIC values and the principles of Inclusive Excellence are an essential part of the foundation for our learning and working environment. Millersville University is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

The State System Employee Benefits Summary for faculty can be found at:

Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Biology or related discipline.
  • One degree (Bachelor’s or Postgraduate) must be in the Biology and the other in the same or a related discipline.
    • Related disciplines to Biology include: Life Sciences, Medical, or Biochemical, or any other academic science degree with ≥12 credits of Biology or Life Science courses, or a degree in any other academic field accompanied by a significant number (≥18 credits or equivalent) of Biology or Life Science courses. Work/research experience in the Life Sciences may also be counted towards course/credit equivalency at the discretion of the TPTF search committee.

  • Broad experience with fundamental biological concepts.
  • Evidence of ability to successfully teach diverse student populations.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication skills.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Successful interview.
  • Successful teaching demonstration for class teaching assignments.
    • Teaching demonstrations will be lecture-based and focus on a committee-selected topic representative of fundamental biological content taught in the course(s).
  • Successful completion of three background checks.

Preferred Qualifications
  • PhD or ABD in Biology or related discipline.
    • Related disciplines include: Life Sciences, Medical, or Biochemical, or any other academic science degree with ≥12 credits of Biology or Life Science courses, or a degree in any other academic field accompanied by a significant number (≥18 credits or equivalent) of Biology or Life Science courses.
    • Life Science degree may include an M.D. or D.V.M. provided that transcripts confirm ≥3 semesters of Biological/Life Science courses.

  • Prior college-level teaching experience.

Job Description
TEACHING AND PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:The Millersville University Biology Department is commitment to creating inclusive, accessible, and equitable learning environments and emphasizes active and learner-focused approaches to instruction.

The ability to teach fundamental biological concepts in lecture and laboratory settings to both majors (BIOL 101, Foundations of Biology) and non-majors (BIOL 100, General Biology) is essential. BIOL 100 is an introduction to biology with emphasis on cell structure, metabolism, genetics, behavior, ecology, adaptations, organ systems and evolution. BIOL 101 provides the foundation of modern biological knowledge essential for all higher-level courses at Millersville University. Topics include cell structure and function, cellular reproduction, energy acquisition, biochemical pathways, mechanisms of inheritance, natural selection, speciation and evolution.
While the Department’s primary instructional need is for BIOL 100/101 instructors, additional opportunities to teach “core” lab-based courses, such as Concepts of Botany, Concepts of Zoology, Cell & Developmental Biology, or Genetics & Molecular Biology are possible based on situational need.
Part-time faculty members shall maintain a prorated number of office hours each week, at a minimum of twenty-five (25) minutes for each workload hour taught, at such days, times and locations as will accommodate the needs of the students.

This position requires in-person instruction on Millersville University’s campus. This position is contingent upon sufficient enrollments in assigned classes.

The Biology Department, within the College of Science and Technology, has a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through a variety of supported programs and activities, as exemplified by Insight Into Diversity’s Inspiring Programs in STEM award for its Biology Mentoring program.

For details, please see:
  • The CBA, Article 12.B.1, Effective teaching and fulfillment of professional responsibilities (p. 27);

CONTINUING SCHOLARLY GROWTH AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT and SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY AND/OR COMMUNITY: In addition to teaching, there is an expectation for scholarship and service commensurate with the assignment.
OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES: Other reasonable duties assigned within the faculty member’s field of competence.
PERFORMANCE REVIEW / EVALUATIONS: Please see the CBA, Article 12, Performance Review and Evaluation of Faculty (pp. 27-39).
DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION: The Department of Biology, in the School of Science and Technology, is comprised of 16 faculty members, 4 support staff, 650-700 students, and offers degree programs in Bachelor of Science Biology (BS BIOL), Bachelor of Science Allied Health (BS ALHT), and Bachelor of Science Education in the field of Biology.

Essential Functions
Working Conditions and Physical Effort - (Essential Functions)
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
  • Ability to:
    • sit or stand while teaching.
    • speak clearly.
    • communicate via writing exceptionally well
    • understand verbal communication (read and understand verbal messages).
    • use construction tools safely.
    • move to and from campus buildings, offices, classrooms and stage areas.
    • climb ladders.
    • stoop or bend to pick things up.

  • Must be able to lift/pull/push up to 10 pounds without assistance.
    • lift student paper bundles, small boxes, scene shop equipment and materials.
  • Must be able to occasionally lift/pull/push heavier items with assistance.
  • Teach courses face-to-face and online if necessary at the higher education level using lectures, demonstrations, class discussion, using online tools and/or equipment and/or other appropriate tools appropriate modes of education delivery.
  • Able to record and calculate grades, prepare course outline and syllabus, develop course and lesson plans, engage in the selection of appropriate textbooks and other teaching aids necessary to the delivery of instruction.
  • Use computer for email, obtain information on websites, prepare class documents, grade papers, submit final grades online and other duties related to teaching and advising students and serving the department, college, university and community.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risks.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and mouse.

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