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The Dept. of Biological Sciences at Louisiana State University is searching for a new faculty member and leading researcher working in discipline-based education research (DBER). This person will have a strong commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and service, including an extramurally supported research program related to educational practices in biology. In addition, they will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of best practices in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Applicants’ commitment to activities related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications. The new faculty member is expected to be hired at the Assistant Professor level.

Faculty in the Dept. of Biological Sciences have broad research and teaching interests that span all sub-disciplines of biology, presenting ample opportunity for interaction and collaboration. Additional opportunities are available through interaction with LSU’s Museum of Natural Science, Herbarium, Center for Computation and Technology, Shared Instrumentation Facility, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, Cain Center for STEM Literacy, EnvironMentors Program in the College of the Coast and Environment, College of Science Office of Diversity and Inclusion, School of Veterinary Medicine, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, School of Education, and the University Laboratory School. LSU and the Dept. of Biological Sciences are committed to innovative teaching practices, including course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) and a university-wide program in communication-intensive pedagogy (Communication Across the Curriculum; CxC). The Dept. of Biological Sciences is committed to supporting early career researchers and serving the diverse population of the State of Louisiana.

Duties Include:

  • 50% Develop and maintain an independent and extramurally funded research program.
  • 50% Teach undergraduate and/or graduate level courses in a biological sciences discipline, and/or implement innovative educational practices in existing courses. Direct/supervise graduate students. Participate in service activities pertaining to the mission of the Department, and the advancement of the profession.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD in biological science or related field. Topic of the work needs to be in some area of biological sciences or education with demonstrated expertise in at least one area of biology, including biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, neurobiology, or molecular biology, among others.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellence in research that complements or extends existing research strengths in the department and the potential to attract extramural funding.
  • Evidence of commitment to or strong potential for the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion for underrepresented minority students and groups, and how this commitment integrates with teaching, research and service.
  • Commitment to excellence in teaching. Must demonstrate potential or evidence of ability to perform well at both graduate and undergraduate levels and to develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses or seminars.

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