The Department of Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle) invites applications for a non-tenure eligible Lecturer Part-time-Temporary position. The position is a Mentored Teaching Opportunity (MTO) co-teaching Biology 220 courses under the mentorship of Dr Jennifer Doherty. Biology 220 is a large undergraduate introductory lab course in plant and animal physiology. The course is taught in an intensely active style including in-class activities, clicker questions, daily reading quizzes and weekly practice exams. Applicants should have a strong scientific background in physiology and a willingness to grapple with these subjects at the introductory university level in a classroom of 300-400 students. This position provides for 100% FTE support during both Autumn and Spring quarters (3 months each), but without funding for the interim Winter quarter. The successful applicant will be appointed as a Lecturer Part-time-Temporary in the department of Biology. This position is not eligible for tenure, and this position is not eligible for permanent residency.
The goal of this unusual appointment is to provide opportunities to learn and practice cutting-edge active learning techniques in a challenging environment with strong mentorship and lines of support. This opportunity is intended for those who already have significant teaching experience and want to master their craft. At the conclusion of this opportunity, the outgoing MTO instructor should be comfortable with implementing active learning in a large course with a diverse population of vulnerable students of great potential. This will likely be the largest and most challenging class that you will teach, and it will also likely have the most staff and assistance you will ever have to teach a class. Importantly, active learning techniques shift the ratio of teacher talk:students work from traditional lecturing (100:0) to a more active, equitable and ambitious classroom (40:60). With better student outcomes, these techniques require greater required skill and practice.
The successful candidate will:
Teach 50-minute class sessions to a class of 200-700 undergraduates using materials primarily adapted from Dr Doherty:
In Autumn 2019, the MTO instructor will teach a small percentage of class sessions (25-35%) and complete a proportional amount of exam writing, course design, etc.
In Spring 2020, the MTO instructor will teach a larger percentage of class sessions (70-80%) and complete a proportional amount of exam writing, course design, etc.
The appointment will span two non-consecutive quarters from 9/16/2019 – 12/15/2019 and 3/16/2020 – 6/15/2020.
Attend all class sessions taught by Dr Doherty
Write exam questions and grades or oversee grading for class exams, quizzes and/or practice exams
Meet regularly with Dr Doherty and the rest of the Bio220 teaching team to discuss both practical and pedagogical issues
Work closely with the Course Coordinator on Bio220 logistics
This commitment will require time throughout the week. The MTO instructor must be on campus for the duration of the quarters worked.
Bio220 has a full-time Course Coordinator that will provide support, guidance and logistical administration in addition to a full team of Teaching Assistants and help from support staff.
Dr Doherty's previous class materials will be available; the MTO instructor may adjust class materials to their style but should not plan to re-create large amounts of the course wholesale.
A PhD or foreign equivalent is required at the time of appointment.
Interviewees should expect to give a live demonstration of their teaching to a mixed group of faculty, staff and students at their interview.
Previous MTO instructors have noted that this is an opportunity to work with a large and diverse group of fantastic, hard-working, creative students during an extremely formative time in their scientific and professional development. In other words, this is a chance to help shape the next generation of scientists.
Applicants must have a strong background in either animal or plant physiology (using Autumn 2019 to learn as much of the other course content as possible to be able to teach extensively in both fields). Typically, this means a PhD or foreign equivalent required at the time of appointment.
Applicants must have a previous teaching experience. This position will require full-time effort on campus during the appointed quarters.
Application packages should include a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references. Preferred deadline is 10 February 2019. Application remains open until position is filled. Questions about this position should be sent to the Search Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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