Faculty - Tenure-Track - Biology - General Education
: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)
The Department of Biology at Utah Valley University invites
applications for an open-rank tenure-track faculty position, to
begin in August 2022. We seek an outstanding candidate with a
background in undergraduate biology education research. The
successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to
effective teaching utilizing inclusive, data-driven pedagogies.
Teaching responsibilities for this position include our non-majors
biology course (BIOL 1010) and the candidate will also hold a
leadership role in guiding the improvement of the BIOL 1010 course
through curricular design, assessment, and collaboration with
faculty teaching the course. Additionally, candidates may be asked
to teach other courses as needed by the department and may develop
new courses within their area of expertise. Applicants with
experience and interest in teaching hybrid and/or online
instruction are especially encouraged to apply. In addition, the
candidate should demonstrate their ability to establish an active
and welcoming research program that centers around the mentoring of
diverse undergraduates and leads to peer-reviewed publications. The
ideal candidate will have research expertise in undergraduate
biology education, which will allow them to support course
improvement efforts and effective teaching in the department.
Specific areas of research may include, but are not limited to,
formative and summative assessment, student motivation, student
cognition/metacognition, science literacy, optimizing active
learning strategies, inclusive pedagogy, or other related fields
that can contribute to the growing expertise on teaching/learning
found in the department. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate
a willingness to engage in professional development, collaborate
with faculty, staff, and students to promote the university's
mission and values. They must also serve on department, college,
and university committees and engage in service as fitting a
tenure-track position. UVU is committed to preparing all students
for success in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized
society. We value and promote collegial relationships and mutual
respect among students, faculty, staff, and the community. We
acknowledge and seek to address the needs of populations who are
underserved as well as students with varying levels of academic
preparation. As such, we welcome applicants with diverse
backgrounds who are eager to help construct and maintain a culture
of inclusion within biology education and research, and who act
with a resolute commitment to eliminate barriers to college access,
success, and completion. UVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity/ Equal Access employer. Utah Valley University is the
largest public university in the state of Utah with over 40,000
undergraduate students, and one of a few in the US offering a
dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a
first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational
programs of a community college. As an open-enrollment institution,
UVU serves a diverse population that includes many working,
non-traditional (24+ years old), and first-generation students. UVU
is located in Orem, Utah, at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch
Mountains about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. UVU offers an
excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy,
12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options,
life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate
resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer
contribution to a retirement plan.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate in
biology/biology education or related biological discipline
- Evidence of experience teaching non-majors biology to
- ABD applications will be considered if doctorate verification
is received by May, 31 2022.
- Experience and/or training in inclusive teaching and mentoring
- Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice in
undergraduate biology education and quantitative and/or qualitative
methods in the field.
- A record of incorporating evidence-based pedagogy, such as
active-learning techniques, and innovative use of instructional
technology in the classroom.
- A record of curricular development, effective verbal and
written communication, and the ability to work collaboratively with
faculty, staff, and students.
- The ability, desire, and skills to mentor undergraduate student
- A growth mindset approach to supporting non-majors students in
- Strong knowledge of active learning pedagogies and an
established record of incorporation of those techniques in the
classroom (especially in non-majors biology courses).
- Experience or strategies for teaching at open-enrollment
- Publication record that reflects contemporary best practices of
undergraduate biology education in the candidate’s area of
expertise and mentorship of undergraduates.
- Experience in, and/or commitment to, hybrid and online
Ability to function effectively in classroom and laboratory
UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous
leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental
insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver
(undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and
substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.
Review Start Date:
Open Until Filled:
Special Instructions to Applicant:
To apply, visit: https://www.uvu.jobs/postings/25150
Employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant’s
qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to
race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability,
veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related
conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by
applicable federal, state, or local law.
- Reference letters are not required. Instead please provide a
list of 3-5 references who may be contacted at some point during
the screening and selection process for a verbal exchange and/or a
letter of recommendation.
- Must include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
uploaded as “Other document #1”. The statement should describe the
candidate’s contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion,
their understanding of these topics, and specific plans and goals
for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UVU.
- Required research statement should include a plan for a
research program incorporating undergraduates and addresses the
feasibility of that research program at a primarily undergraduate
- Required Teaching Philosophy is encouraged to include evidence
for teaching effectiveness based on your philosophy.