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Biology STEM Education Specialist

California State University San Bernardino
San Bernardino, California
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Sep 12, 2021

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Life Sciences, Biology
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The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Biology with research expertise in evidence-based STEM pedagogy to begin August 2022. CSUSB is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty. Applicants with a commitment to serving a diverse student population in an equitable and inclusive fashion are strongly encouraged to apply, including women and members of historically underrepresented groups. 


We are interested in experimental biologists who will be able to design course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) for their own courses as well as in collaboration with current faculty members. The Department of Biology is committed to student success and seeks a colleague who will employ evidence-based methodologies to promote equity and improve learning outcomes in diverse classrooms. The successful candidate will design, teach, and coordinate the one-year introductory biology series for majors (BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020); this will include working with other faculty and graduate teaching assistants. We also expect opportunities to develop and teach upper division courses in their area of expertise.  


The successful candidate will be expected to apply for extramural funding, conduct and publish research in evidence-based best practices for post-secondary STEM education, especially for first generation and underrepresented minority (URM) students, including student outcomes from CUREs. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to service and shared governance to the department, college, and university. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or related field; postdoctoral experience is highly desired.  




A Ph.D. in in biology or related field is required by time of appointment 


Publication record in evidence-based STEM education  


Experimental expertise applicable to undergraduate laboratory design 


Demonstrated training in or experience implementing active learning and project-based university instruction 




Postdoctoral experience 


Potential for developing an externally funded research program in STEM education 




Please submit: 


Curriculum vitae 


Cover letter (limit 2 pages)  


Statement of teaching interests and philosophy (limit 2 pages) 


Statement of research experiences and future plans (limit 2 pages) 


Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts required prior to appointment) 


List of three referees (names, titles, telephone numbers, and email addresses) whom we may contact to obtain confidential letters of recommendation (letters of recommendation are not required at this time) 


Diversity statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University San Bernardino (limit 1,000 words). 


Applications received by September 10, 2021, will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 


Full advertisement with CSU Recruit application portal link can be found here:  Salary is commensurate with experience.  


For more information regarding the position, please contact the search committee chair (Dr. Daniel Nickerson, (909) 537-3671, or the department chair (Dr. Mike Chao, (909) 537-5388, 




The Department of Biology has 17 tenure-track/tenured faculty with a variety of research interests, as well as lecturers and technicians who provide pivotal support. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The department has facilities for 3D printing, DNA sequencing, cell culture and stem cell research, animal care, plant growth and a herbarium. In addition, the department has access to the College of Natural Science’s Electron Microscope and Image Analysis Center (EMIAC). To find out more about the Department of Biology, please visit  


California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in the Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students, and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. 


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