Assistant Professor of Teaching, Biology @ University of California Davis

November 12, 2020

The University of California, Davis invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Teaching position in quantitative biology education. Professors of Teaching are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and scholarly analysis and improvement of teaching methods. The official title is Lecturer with the Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). LPSOEs are eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure. The position will reside in the Department of Evolution and Ecology and be affiliated with the planned interdisciplinary major in Quantitative Biology, which seeks to serve as a national model for quantitative biology education. The appointee will be expected to carry out a high-level teaching program focused on the development of innovative curricula and use of effective teaching methods in quantitative biology. The appointee also will be expected to conduct scholarly research, which for this position is expected to include rigorous development and assessment of teaching methods and curricula in quantitative biology. The appointee will teach four undergraduate courses per year, including Mathematics or Statistics courses enrolling biology students. The appointee will also provide service to the planned Quantitative Biology major and the Department of Evolution and Ecology. Service expectations include, but are not limited to, undergraduate quantitative biology curriculum development, administration, and assessment, as well as outreach activities promoting the planned Quantitative Biology major. Academic scholarship expectations include dissemination of educational findings at a national level through peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations, and the potential to attract extramural funding to support this scholarship. In addition, the appointee should be committed to mentoring and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The successful candidate must have (1) a Ph.D. (or equivalent degree, at the time of appointment) in a quantitative or biological field of study, (2) disciplinary expertise in quantitative dimensions of ecology, evolutionary biology or related disciplines, as demonstrated by published research in peer-reviewed journals, and (3) demonstrated teaching record in quantitative biology or general quantitative teaching. Preferred qualifications include prior work, or demonstrated interest in, any of the following areas: evidence-based teaching practices; use of modern instructional technology; identification and development of effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations; assessment of pedagogical approaches and learning outcomes; mentoring undergraduates from diverse backgrounds; and curriculum and/or course design. An additional preferred qualification is a record of attracting, or evidence of the potential to attract, extramural funding.

UC Davis, located approximately one hour from the San Francisco Bay area, has a large and highly collaborative community of Teaching Professors within the College of Biological Sciences and throughout the larger campus, a strong history of interdisciplinary educational initiatives in STEM fields, and a nationally renowned Center for Educational Effectiveness that together provide an excellent environment for work in quantitative biology education.

The position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, completed applications should be received by November 30, 2020. Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Applicants should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching that clearly indicates teaching experience, as well as teaching philosophy and interests; statement of research that includes both the candidate’s disciplinary research and pedagogical research; representative reprints and/or preprints, a statement of contributions to diversity, and at least three letters of recommendation electronically at: Initial review of applications will be conducted using solely the anonymized versions of the Statement of Research, Statement of Teaching, and Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applications demonstrating sufficient potential based on this review will be advanced to a full review of the file using non-anonymized documents. Guidelines for writing a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion can be found at:

For more information, contact search committee co-chairs Prof. Mark Goldman ( or Prof. Sebastian Schreiber ( For technical questions, contact Korie Martinez (