Lecturer – General Biology

University of North Carolina Wilmington

Brief Summary of Work for this Position
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology (https://uncw.edu/academics/colleges/cse/departments/biology/) at The University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for two full-time lecturers to teach high-enrollment introductory biology courses including for non-majors, beginning in August 2024.

Successful candidates will be expected to take an active role in departmental service and may also develop additional courses and inquiry-based learning experiences, as determined by candidate interests, strengths and departmental needs. We are particularly interested in the candidate‘s ability to create a welcoming environment for students, staff, faculty, and community members.

These are renewable, non-tenure track positions with the possibility of promotion to senior lecturer based on experience and performance. Lecturer positions are nine-month appointments with the opportunity to contribute to summer teaching for additional, competitive compensation.

The Department of Biology and Marine Biology has an excellent record of faculty development and mentorship and is committed to fostering new faculty to success.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Ph.D. in Biology, ABD in Biology or a closely related field at the time of appointment

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
Preference will be given to candidates with prior teaching experience in the areas of cellular/molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, and related fields.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology and Marine Biology supports an excellent undergraduate program, with an emphasis on hands-on involvement of undergraduates in research and other activities. We also have a Ph.D. in Integrative, Comparative and Marine Biology, and Master’s programs in both Biology and Marine Biology. Research and education are supported by core facilities on campus and at the Center for Marine Science, located 6 miles from the main university campus. We have an active faculty involved in a variety of research areas including molecular biology and bioinformatics, coastal and estuarine ecology, invertebrate and vertebrate biology, and environmental biology.

Modern Biology increasingly impacts the non-scientific world, facilitating solutions to technological, environmental, ethical, philosophical and political issues that are important to society. The Department of Biology and Marine Biology at UNCW strives to train the next generation of scientists and educators and prepare all students to make sound judgments based on a solid foundation of biological principles. The department provides an environment in which excellent teaching coupled with diverse research opportunities encourage our faculty to become leaders in their discipline.

Our teaching emphasizes current theories of biological science, knowledge of basic investigative skills, and methods of critical inquiry. Our research programs, in both applied and basic aspects of discovery, value investigations of biological phenomena that impact the quality of life in our region and beyond. We lend our professional expertise to all endeavors that work for the improvement of the human condition and our environment. We believe the importance of modern biological principles must transcend the university classroom and enable our students to contribute as global citizens. In the pursuit of excellence, our department actively fosters, encourages, and promotes mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community.

Unique advantages at UNCW include the Center for Marine Science, Shellfish Research Hatchery, Richard Dillaman Microscopy Facility, Marine Biotechnology Center, Oriole Burevitch Large Animal Necropsy Facility, and UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program. The Department also has an excellent record of mentorship and faculty development and is committed to fostering new faculty success.

In the pursuit of excellence, our department actively fosters, encourages, and promotes inclusiveness, mutual respect, acceptance and open-mindedness among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. Additional information can be found through the department‘s Science Access, Inclusion & Diversity webpage (https://uncw.edu/myuncw/academics/colleges/cse/departments/biology/student-resources/sand/) and through UNCW‘s Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion (https://uncw.edu/seahawk-life/connections-belonging/oidi/).

College/School Information
The College of Science and Engineering offers a variety of programs leading to Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees, as well as Doctor of Philosophy degrees in applied coastal and ocean sciences; pharmaceutical chemistry; integrative, comparative, and marine biology; and psychology degrees. The college also offers combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs in information technology/computer science and information systems, computer science/computer science and information systems, and B.S. in mathematics/M.S. in mathematics. To implement its academic programs, the college provides instruction and research opportunities in the natural and behavioral sciences, information technology, data science, computer science, mathematics, pre-engineering, and engineering. The eight academic departments in the college provide courses of study in each of these areas, in addition to interdepartmental programs in information technology, cybersecurity, and digital arts. A 2+2 in engineering; and 3+2 programs in computer science and electrical or computer engineering; and physics and electrical engineering, are also offered in the college. Post-baccalaureate certificate programs in environmental studies, applied statistics, and geographic information science are also available.

CSE students work with distinguished faculty and scientists, use cutting edge technology, and conduct impactful research. Faculty-directed research projects empower CSE students to apply what they learn inside the classroom and laboratory to real-world situations and prepares them for a variety of careers or advanced study.

University Information
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to-BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969.

Please apply online at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/30420

Special Notes to Applicants
Prior to the official appointment to the university, the candidate(s) selected for hire must be able to demonstrate eligibility to teach assigned courses by successfully meeting the credentialing requirements based on official transcripts and other documentation as required.

Applications will be excepted until 11:59PM EST February 12, 2024.

To apply, complete the online application available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/postings/30420 by electronically submitting separately (1) a letter of application, (2) a statement of teaching philosophy including experience with inquiry-based learning and creating a welcoming classroom environment, (3) a curriculum vitae, (4) unofficial copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and (5) contact information for three references, 6) If needed, applicants may upload additional materials under the ‘Other’ category.

MS Word or Adobe PDF attachments are required.

For questions about the position, contact the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Stephen Kinsey (kinseys@uncw.edu). For questions about the online application process, contact Lisa Noah (noahl@uncw.edu).

EEO Statement
At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Eligibility for Employment
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. UNC Wilmington participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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