Diversity Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Biology Education Research

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University of San Diego

The Biology Department at the University of San Diego seeks a recent Ph.D. who has a proven record and commitment to empowering students from communities that are underrepresented in academia through research, creative activity, teaching, service and/or mentoring. We are especially interested in advancing the perspectives of African Americans, American Indian/Alaskan Natives, Filipinas/os/x, Chicanas/os/x, Latinas/os/x and /or Pacific Islanders.


Specifically, we seek to sponsor a postdoctoral fellow with expertise in undergraduate biology education research or pedagogical practices for creating a more inclusive curriculum, but we also welcome applications from those in a variety of biological disciplines who have an interest in enhancing their expertise in the scholarship of teaching and learning. In addition to conducting collaborative research, the fellow will teach three courses per year, which may include introductory courses for biology majors, scientific inquiry courses for non-majors, and/or upper division courses related to the fellow’s area of expertise. The successful applicant will be encouraged to develop research projects based on their own interests and will have opportunities to interact with faculty across STEM departments, the School of Education Leadership and Education Sciences, and the Center for Educational Excellence. USD is an independent Catholic university whose primary aim is teaching excellence. This two year position will give postdocs experience researching and teaching at a small liberal arts college and working in a collegial student-centered environment.


Qualifications: The position requires either a PhD in biology with a demonstrated interest in education or a PhD in science education, educational psychology, or other related fields with a demonstrated interest in undergraduate biology education. Candidates must have completed their PhD before the starting date (August 2018). Candidates who have not yet had a tenure-track faculty position will have priority. Awards include a competitive salary, benefits package, and travel funds for conference participation.


Closing date: For full consideration, materials must be received by January 29th, 2018.


To begin the application, visit  www.sandiego.edu/jobs , search for IRC25838 and apply as an applicant. Then, create a single PDF document that includes the materials listed below and submit it directly to usdpostdoc@sandiego.edu


·      Cover letter

·      Curriculum vitae

·      Statement of teaching philosophy, including a statement about your experience teaching and mentoring students from communities that have historically been underrepresented,

·      Statement of research/creative activity including goals for the next two years and a sample of scholarly or creative work

·      Sample syllabus for a course in your area of expertise and a summary of teaching evaluations (if available)

·      Three letters of support should be sent directly to usdpostdoc@sandiego.edu. (Please have letter writers include your name in the subject).


The University of San Diego is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, covered veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by federal or state law. The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. USD offers same sex domestic partner benefits. Final candidates will complete a pre-employment background check.