Summary of Position: The primary role of this Teaching Assistant Professor position in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL) and the BioTechnology Institute (BTI) is to provide high-quality instruction in (1) good manufacturing practices (GMP), with an emphasis on company personnel, undergraduates and graduate students, and (2) undergraduate courses including those at the introductory level. The Teaching Assistant Professor is expected to develop and use innovative teaching approaches that further the teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive but includes expectations for scholarship and service including engagement in research related to teaching and learning and provision of guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. The successful candidate must have significant experience in course content development and delivery in order to facilitate course development and instruction in those areas.
This is a joint appointment position in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning and in the BioTechnology Institute. The BTI portion of this joint position supports a state-funded training initiative to teach good manufacturing practices to biotechnology scientists and students. This is in direct response to needs of local and national i biotech companies, some of which have opened a branch facility in the Twin Cities, and will require ongoing training for its employees in GMP (Good Manufacturing Processes). The BioTechnology Institute is developing training instructional materials and the training facilities for the GMP classes. The person that we hire will be the lead instructor. Knowledge of GMP is not required for the position, as we expect to train the person. GMP practices require strict adherence to federal guidelines for processing biological and chemical materials. The person recruited for this position will need to be able to interact well with students individually and in small groups, in both laboratory and classroom settings, so teaching ability is much more important than GMP knowledge.
The BTL portion of the position will involve teaching introductory biology to moderate to large enrollment classes, using best-practice pedagogical approaches. The overall teaching load for the position will be roughly equivalent to that of the other teaching professor faculty in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning.
Between the BTI and BTL teaching responsibilities, the person hired will have a diverse teaching portfolio, and will have the opportunity to interact with traditional and non-traditional students in many different settings and teaching group sizes.
Essential and Other Functions: 80% Teaching 1. Course and laboratory design: Focus on course development for the GMP environment, in collaboration with the BTI faculty. Develop overall course goals, including lecture and lab components. Participate in writing course syllabus and lab manual and in incorporating active and writing-enhanced learning into the course. Develop experiments; pre-run and trouble-shoot experiments. 2. Instructional duties: Act as instructor of record for assigned courses. Deliver content (in-person and possibly online, based on the nature of the specific course). Develop benchmarks and proficiency measures to assess student achievement. Maintain course grades. 3. Course coordination: Interface with administrative staff and directors to schedule lecture, laboratory, and recitation sections. Train and oversee the work of tutors, teaching assistants (graduate and undergraduate), and teaching specialists. Coordinate online and in-person course content. Perform other duties as agreed upon by all the course instructors. 4. Laboratory support: Interface with the GMP and CSBU staff (GMP class coordinator and Lab Services Coordinator) to develop and run laboratory modules (in-person). 5. Continue personal growth within the profession, keep current with the field, and broaden knowledge and expertise through activities such as reading primary literature, attending workshops/presentations at local and national meetings. It is expected that these efforts will enhance the Teaching Assistant Professor’s own teaching and will also benefit the wider CBS community through interaction between the Teaching Assistant Professor and colleagues.
10% Scholarship 1. Engage in research related to teaching and the instructional process. 2. Disseminate research findings via professional meetings, publications, etc. 3. Cooperate with colleagues to develop grant proposals to advance funding for instruction and scholarship of teaching and learning. â¨
10% Service 1. Provide service through participation in governance of CBS and/or the University through membership in committees and leadership in professional organizations. 2. Contribute to the development of the profession through participation in national and/or international associations, publication, and/or other related activities. â¨ 3. Provide guidance in instruction and course development to CBS colleagues. â¨ 4. Informally advise students regarding both coursework and broader academic or career goals. â¨
Essential Qualifications 1. Ph.D. degree in a biological science, with a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience in biological research. 2. At least two semesters’ experience in teaching at the undergraduate level.
Preferred Qualifications: 1. Experience in working within a GMP environment and a working knowledge of Bio Manufacturing Operations, Quality Control and Assurance, testing, etc. 2. Sufficient breadth of biology background to teach a variety of biology disciplines 3. Demonstrated experience with introductory biology courses. 4. Demonstrated experience with active learning approaches to instruction. 5. Demonstrated ability to develop clear, appropriately demanding expectations of students and trainees, effectively meet teaching responsibilities, and achieve successful student learning outcomes. 6. Demonstrated ability to design and deliver a laboratory-based curriculum suitable for in person courses. 7. Interest and ability to conduct pedagogical research.
Internal Number: 331227
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