Assistant/Associate Teaching Professor - Organismal Biology

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
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 the instructional mission in our undergraduate program. Our goal is to create an integrated undergraduate experience, including lecture, lab, peer mentoring, and research. The Department invites applications for a non-tenure track teaching professor starting Fall 2020. Teaching responsibilities will mainly be in our introductory undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses in Introductory Biology (Biol110), which covers basic concepts and biodiversity, and in Function and Development of Organisms (Biol240), which emphasizes an integrated approach to the function and development of both plants and animals. Other teaching responsibilities may include courses within the candidate’s area(s) of expertise or potentially mentoring students in an inquiry-driven environment focused on independent research skills in the Penn State Biology Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) Laboratories associated with introductory Biology (Biol110). Biology teaching faculty at Penn State 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 recruiting and training laboratory teaching assistants and lecture learning assistants to be effective members of an instructional team, creating/ implementing inquiry-based class exercises, and assisting with curriculum design and assessment. In Biol240, there will be opportunity to re-envision the lecture/ laboratory portion of this course and candidates who have experience with backwards design and active learning are preferred. This is a fixed term position that is initially funded for the 2020/2021 academic year. Innovative, effective contributions to the instructional mission of the department can lead to continuation in a multi-year 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 January 17th, 2020 and continue until the position is filled.

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