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Instructor in Microbiology

Oregon State University
Oregon, United States
$55,000.00 - $62,000.00
Closing date
May 21, 2020

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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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Instructor in Microbiology

Department of Microbiology

Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon 97331


Instructor in Microbiology. The Department of Microbiology at Oregon State University (OSU) invites applications for a full-time, 12 month renewable position. The appointment is intended to be a long-term professional teaching position with opportunities for promotion and advancement. The successful candidate is expected to actively participate in the departmental undergraduate teaching and academic advising program. Instructors in the Department of Microbiology contribute to the continued innovation of the department's undergraduate curricula and academic programs and participate in faculty governance. Apply by 1 December 2017 for full consideration; closing date: 31 January 2018; start date: 1 March, 2018


The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate courses in the Microbiology and BioHealth Sciences majors delivered through the Department of Microbiology, at a level of about 10 courses per year. Instruction is delivered throughout the year in a variety of formats, including lecture, laboratory, distance learning, and experiential. The assignment includes teaching one BioHealth Sciences Writing Intensive Course per term (e.g., BHS 323 Microbial Influences on Human Health) and developing and delivering an online course variant of BHS 316 Principles of Immunology (introductory immunology). Other course assignments may include MB 302 General Microbiology, MB 303 General Microbiology Laboratory, and MB 435 Pathogenic Microbes Laboratory. The successful candidate is also expected to provide academic advising to about 120 Microbiology majors, supervise and train graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, participate in educational outreach activities, and serve on departmental and institutional committees. Contribution to an inclusive department-wide culture of providing equal learning opportunities to students with diverse backgrounds and learning styles is expected.


The position requires a Ph.D. or an equivalent terminal degree in microbiology or a related field, one year of instructional or teaching experience, and demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing equal opportunity and diversity. Preferred qualifications are formal experience in teaching in large lecture and online formats, in teaching a laboratory class, in undergraduate academic advising, experience or interest in teaching scientific writing, participation in community outreach events or in experiential learning activities for students, as well as research or professional experience in a medically-related field of microbiology.


Apply at, posting P01662UF

Provide: 1. CV/resume

  • Cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position (1 page).
  • Statement of your teaching and advising philosophy, in which you also address your experience and ideas about teaching writing to science students (1-2 pages).
  • Document describing how your teaching philosophy and practices promote diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion in the classroom and broader community (1 page).
  • Names and contact information of three references whose recommendation letters you have arranged to be submitted by 1 December, 2017.
  • Screening Criteria that will be used by the Search Committee


    1. Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in microbiology or related field 
    2. One year of instructional or teaching experience 
    3. Demonstrated commitment to enhancing and promoting equal opportunity and diversity


    1. Formal experience in teaching in a large lecture format
    2. Formal experience in teaching a laboratory class
    3. Formal experience in teaching an online course
    4. Formal experience in undergraduate academic advising
    5. Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching scientific writing
    6. Participation in community outreach event or in experiential learning activities for students
    7. Research or professional experience in medically-related field of microbiology


    OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

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