Biology Lecturer - Organismal Biology

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Work Unit:
Eberly College of Science


The Biology Department at Penn State’s University Park campus is committed to innovative teaching and promotes active student-centered learning. We are seeking someone who can contribute to our instructional mission in our undergraduate core course sequence with an emphasis on organismal biology. Our goal is to create an integrated undergraduate experience, including lecture, lab, peer mentoring, research, and residence life experiences. The Department invites applications for a non-tenure track lecturer/teaching professor starting Fall 2019. Teaching responsibilities will mainly be in our introductory undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in general biology which emphasize the function and development of both plants and animals. Other teaching responsibilities may include courses within the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. Biology teaching faculty at PSU are typically on 36-week appointments, teaching and/or coordinating two lecture/lab courses per semester, plus one additional course based on need. Additional responsibilities may include academic advising, working with TAs and LAs to develop effective teaching skills, creating and implementing inquiry-based class exercises, and assisting with curriculum assessment. This is a fixed term position that is initially funded for the 2019/2020 academic year. Innovative, effective contributions to the instructional mission of the department can lead to continuation in a multiyear appointment. Promotion through instructional ranks is available for this position. Qualifications: Master`s degree required, Ph.D. preferred. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Biology, Biology Education, or equivalent, and at least two years of teaching experience in relevant courses. Undergraduate teaching experience that implements active learning strategies is required, and documented excellence in teaching is important. Candidates should have comprehensive knowledge of their field. A demonstrated interest in pedagogy and the application of research-based teaching methods is highly desirable. Applications must be submitted electronically and include a cover letter, CV, concise statement of teaching philosophy and experience (including student and peer teaching reviews), and the names and contact information of three professional references. Full review of applications will begin on February 1st, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants must apply at

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088