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Lecturer - History of Life Sciences

Arizona State University
Arizona, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Jan 26, 2022

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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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The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure eligible Lecturer position with an anticipated start date of August 2022. Subsequent academic year renewals are contingent upon performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the unit.

Within the School of Life Sciences, the successful candidate will join a substantial and vibrant scholarly community engaged with issues at the intersection of biology and society, including through undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a number of large enrollment courses, such as History of the Life Sciences (BIO 316/HPS 330), History of Medicine (BIO 318/HPS 331), History of Science (HPS 322 and 323), and Biology and Society (BIO 311/HPS 340). The School of Life Sciences is distinguished by its commitment to interdisciplinary research, innovative teaching, diversity, inclusion, and student success. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the School of Life Sciences have to offer by visiting and

Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, rethinking university education, and integrating excellence in research and teaching. The university has been ranked #1 for innovation by the US News & World Report for the past seven years.


Essential duties:

  • Deliver instruction at the undergraduate level, including through in-person and online formats
  • Contribute to curriculum development
  • Supervise and mentor teaching assistants
  • Participate in internal and external committees


Minimum Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent advanced degree in History of Science, History and Philosophy of Science, or closely related field by time of appointment
  • College or university teaching experience in one or more of the following subjects: history of the life sciences, history of medicine, biology and society, or history of science, or a closely related subject


Desired qualifications:

  • Two years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated success creating courses, including lectures, formative and summative assessments, and classroom activities
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of underrepresented student populations or reaching out to diverse communities
  • Teaching experience with asynchronous online courses, with a demonstrated commitment to serving and understanding the particular needs of students in these courses
  • Teaching experience with large courses that use interactive techniques for engaging students and assessing their learning
  • Experience mentoring and supervising teaching assistants
  • Engagement in collaborative activities with biological scientists or teaching in the life sciences
  • Participation in the higher education community and professional development activities (e.g., authoring educational and scientific publications, presenting at conferences, attending workshops, etc.)


To apply, please go to to submit the required application materials electronically. Materials shall include (1) a cover letter, (2) a comprehensive curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching statement that incorporates specific examples of ways you aspire to excellence and innovation (e.g., successes with creative instructional techniques or approaches; engagement in professional development activities and how they have changed your teaching practices and outcomes), (4) a sample syllabus for a course appropriate to this position, (5) a statement addressing how your past and/or potential future contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence, (6) names and contact info (including email address) for 3 references who may be contacted at a later stage of consideration. All applications must be submitted electronically.

Application deadline is March 13, 2022. If not filled, applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment.


COVID-19 Vaccination - Arizona State University is a federal contractor and subject to federal regulations which may require you to produce a record of a COVID-19 vaccination. For questions about medical or religious accommodations, please visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion’s webpage.


ASU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. Further information on ASU’s policies can be found at and its complete non-discrimination statement at


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