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Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Pennsylvania State University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Non-Tenure Track Teaching Faculty - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State seeks to hire two Assistant or Associate Teaching Professors in the areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and/or Microbiology. Prior teaching experience is recommended, and successful applicants will demonstrate a potential and desire to achieve excellence in inclusive and engaging teaching.

A number of exciting opportunities to teach inquiry-based microbiology labs, course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs), a number of biochemistry labs, as well as lectures in biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, and non-major biological sciences are all possibilities depending on the applicant's qualifications. Applicants with experience or a desire to teach inquiry-based labs and CURE courses are encouraged to include this information in their application. Appointments will also involve undergraduate student advising and service to the department or college through committees. Work expectations for the position include fall, spring, and summer duties, with time for curriculum development and improvement over the summer. Professional development opportunities are also supported and encouraged. Appointments are limited term, full-time, non-tenure-line positions, funded for two years from the start date, with and an excellent possibility of renewal.

If you have the ability to teach a CURE lab based on antibiotic discovery that includes learning objectives common to an introductory chemistry lab, we have such a CURE designed and coordinated with the chemistry department. However, such a skill set is not a requirement for these positions.

Competitive applicants will have:
  • Ph.D. in appropriate field
  • Ability to achieve teaching excellence at both introductory and advanced undergraduate levels
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive community in the practice and teaching of science

Applications must be submitted electronically and should include:
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation
  • Teaching dossier including: a cover letter, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, evidence that demonstrates a commitment to excellence in teaching and improving pedagogical practices, and a diversity statement (all compiled into one document). The diversity statement should describe your past, present and future planned contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion that will advance our institutional diversity and equity goals (

As a part of the teaching dossier, applicants are asked to submit materials that demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence. Please submit materials to These materials may include, but are not limited to:
  • a recorded lesson (with real or mock students) with a personal reflection on the lesson
  • results from a teaching practices inventory (e.g. CSWEI teaching practices inventory) with reflection
  • syllabi that you have authored for a taught class or a class that you would like to teach
  • student or peer evaluations from previous teaching experiences
  • example teaching materials that candidate has developed
  • peer reviewed articles authored on teaching related topics
  • awards and recognition for teaching and teaching-related scholarly activities (brief explanation for why you had been recognized should be provided)
  • other materials that can demonstrate candidate's understanding of and commitment to research-based teaching practices

Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Preferred start date is July 1, 2022 but is negotiable. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a community with a strong commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusive excellence in all areas.

The Pennsylvania State University is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity in society and nature, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission.

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