Science Faculty - Evolutionary Biology with Plant Systems - Fall 2019

Aurora, Illinois
Commensurate with training and experience.
April 04 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Science Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking a full-time Science Instructor. The Science team delivers a program through which students develop collaborative inquiry skills, apply integrative critical thinking and engage in active research. We encourage individuals who enjoy making a difference in the lives of talented students to apply. Successful candidates will have a master’s or doctorate degree in Biology with a specialization in Plant Systems and a record of demonstrated successful teaching. Preference will be given to those candidates with demonstrated experience in computation analysis or engineering practices. 

This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.

The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to:

  • Teaching a range of Biology courses including Plant Systems
  • Guiding and tutoring students outside of class
  • Participating in the department’s curriculum and assessment development work
  • Close collaboration with colleagues when teaching the same course and when working on departmental priorities
  • Participating in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days
  • Participating in non-teaching activities that support the department’s and Academy’s programs
  • Participating in external professional organizations

Skills and Experience:

The required skills and experience for this position include:

  • A minimum of a Master’s degree in Biology, or a related field
  • Effective communication with students, staff, and parents
  • Active participation in a collaborative team environment
  • Engagement in reflective professional practice
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team environment with the ability to function diplomatically and communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, parents, and the public
  • An appreciation and understanding of working with diverse populations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Plant Systems, computational analysis, and/or engineering practices
  • Experience in curriculum design
  • Demonstrated application of computational analysis or modeling
  • High school equivalent teaching experience

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