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Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty Position - Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Position overview

Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window

Open date: December 9, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 9, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara seeks applicants for a tenure-track position as Assistant Teaching Professor position beginning July 1, 2023. Teaching Professors at UCSB are members of the Academic Senate. Their primary responsibilities center on undergraduate education, scholarly professional activity, assessment of learning outcomes, pedagogical innovation, participation in university service, and academic program development. The Teaching Professor will work with faculty colleagues and staff to enhance curriculum, course design, and pedagogy within their home departments, as well as with faculty in other departments.

The successful candidate will contribute to the department’s efforts to update our introductory biology and upper-division courses through evidence-based pedagogical approaches. They will implement inclusive pedagogical methods and develop new assessment strategies that promote success of students from diverse backgrounds and levels of preparation. They will provide evidence of a strong potential for scholarly impact based on previous engagement in pedagogical professional development, discipline-based education research, and instructional innovation, as well as a commitment to the department’s climate through a record of productive collaborations.

UC Santa Barbara values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who support these values. UC Santa Barbara is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), with a high proportion of first-generation students. The successful candidate will clearly articulate an understanding of the barriers facing individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM and higher education and will leverage innovative teaching practices to reduce gaps among students from different educational backgrounds. We seek candidates with experience in equity and diversity in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service towards building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Activities that promote equity and inclusion at the university will be recognized as an important component of university service during the faculty promotion process.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. in molecular or cellular biosciences or a closely related field at the time of application.

Preferred qualifications

The successful candidate should be a skilled instructor with experience in teaching, who is familiar with evidence-based pedagogy and learning assessment methodologies and is innovative and entrepreneurial with respect to developing instructional initiatives.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching - (3-page maximum) should outline your teaching philosophy and approaches to instruction. This document can describe how your past instructional duties or training informs your teaching approaches and use of evidence-based instructional techniques.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of DEI activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UC Santa Barbara. Additionally, you can share how your experiences or values might enhance the diversity of the MCDB department (2-page maximum)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

Applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3-5 references and must request letters of reference within the system in order to complete application requirements

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Campus Information

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, California