The Biology Department at Portland State University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Biology beginning September 2015. This faculty position is supported in part by a grant to Portland State University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Education Program. Candidates must have a Ph.D. and record of research in biology or a closely related field, and an established scholarly agenda in science education. Postdoctoral experience in science education research is preferred.
The successful applicant will work collaboratively with Biology faculty to develop, validate, implement, and assess innovative pedagogical changes in our introductory Principles of Biology series and other courses. The candidate will also be expected to establish and sustain an externally-funded research program focused on issues in undergraduate biology education such as: active learning approaches to science education, development of authentic research-based lab courses, improvement of equity and access in biology education, and assessment of student success. The successful applicant will have knowledge of the national STEMeducation agenda and current research on evidence-based best practices. Preference will be given to applicants with strong records of research in biology and STEM education; experience teaching at the undergraduate level; strong skills in statistical and model-based analysis; and demonstrated capacity for successful collaborative work. Expertise in an interdisciplinary research environment and strong communication skills are important.
We seek outstanding candidates who will contribute to a tradition of high-quality teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Initial teaching responsibilities will include Principles of Biology, and intermediate and/or advanced undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the candidate’s area of specialization.
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