Assistant Professor of Teaching

Davis, California
Commensurate with experience
October 15 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Assistant Professor of Teaching

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Recruitment Period

Open Date:                 October 1, 2020

Initial Review Date:    December 1, 2020 by 11:59pm PST – Must complete application and apply by this date to ensure full consideration.

Final Review Date:      June 30, 2021 by 11:59pm PST - Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the initial review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Full Job Posting:         Please review the full position description, which provides more information on the UC Davis Community:



As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the College of Biological Sciences announces an Assistant Professor of Teaching faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Professors of Teaching are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods. The successful applicant will teach both lower and upper division undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses within the NPB major. They will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, work with other faculty to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives, and develop a successful discipline-based educational research program.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional teaching, educational research and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. The successful candidate will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The official title of the position is Lecturer with the Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). LPSOEs are Academic Senate faculty members eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure.

Minimum Qualifications

PhD in Biological Sciences or related disciplines and experience teaching college-level biology courses.

Preferred Qualifications

Documented success in some or all of the following areas:

  • Teaching large undergraduate classes.
  • Experiential learning.
  • Use of evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Use of modern instructional technology including virtual classrooms and online environments.
  • Ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations.
  • Experience conducting education research.

Application Requirements

Application packages should be submitted online through and include a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a description of your research background (not to exceed two pages), statement of current and proposed teaching and science education plans (not to exceed four pages), and a statement describing your past experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity, equity and inclusion (not to exceed two pages). Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to this search for additional information about how their application materials, including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be assessed carefully by the Search Committee in the screening and review process. For questions regarding this process, the Faculty contact is William DeBello at and the Administrative contact is Dianna Smith at

Our Commitment

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. Please review the Full Job Posting to learn about the initiatives that keep UC Davis an inclusive and safe campus for our incredibly diverse students and faculty.

The University

UC Davis is a distinguished university, ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and 11th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding. It is also ranked #1 by Forbes Magazine as The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges for Women.” Please review the Full Job Posting to learn more about the notable rankings we have received regarding environmental sustainability, work- life balance, and more.

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