Virginia Tech — Collegiate Assistant Professor, Integrated Science Curriculum Leader

The College of Science at Virginia Tech and the Academy of Integrated Science, through its Integrated Science Curriculum (https://www.ais.science.vt.edu/programs/isc.html), are placing a strong emphasis on integrated and interdisciplinary teaching. As part of this initiative, Virginia Tech has a non-tenure track faculty position for the Leader of the Integrated Science Curriculum in the Academy of Integrated Science to start in Fall 2018. The appointment will be at the rank of Collegiate Assistant Professor with an initial 3-year appointment and the possibility of multi-year renewal upon successful review.

The Integrated Science Curriculum is a two-year program that prepares students from the College of Science for their respective majors through a curriculum built around student teams working on problem-oriented exercises while mastering interdisciplinary concepts. Biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics are intertwined, in lectures and in labs, to achieve a dynamic understanding of a wide range of fundamental principles within the modern scientific method.

We seek candidates who are passionate about interdisciplinary teaching of undergraduate students in an inclusive and integrated environment. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate courses and laboratories related to the Integrated Science Curriculum, where successful candidates will:

  • Make significant contributions to our interdisciplinary undergraduate instruction; coordinate laboratory and lecture courses, work closely with our undergraduate students, and lead efforts in curriculum enhancements and innovative pedagogy;
  • Continue to develop professional capabilities and participate in scholarly activities, including travel to and participation in professional conferences and societies; and participate in department, college, and university service and governance, as well as professional service.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, physics or a closely related field. Successful candidates will be expected to teach effectively at the undergraduate level and work closely with the existing interdisciplinary programs in the Academy of Integrated Science. Applications must be submitted online at https://listings.jobs.vt.edu (#TR0170176) and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy that describes an integrated vision for interdisciplinary science education, a description of previous activities mentoring minorities, women, or members of other underrepresented groups as well as how the applicant will further Virginia Tech’s commitment to build a culturally diverse educational environment (https://www.inclusive.vt.edu), and contact information for three references. The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. As part of the hiring process, the successful applicant must pass a criminal background check. Questions regarding the position can be directed by Email to Prof. Michel Pleimling, Integrated Science Curriculum Faculty Search Committee Chair, at pleim@vt.edu.

Virginia Tech is an EO/AA university, and offers a wide range of networking and development opportunities to women and minorities in science and engineering, and additionally provides a competitive dual hiring program for couples. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodation in the application process should notify Dr. Nora Dragovic in the Academy of Integrated Science (Email: nora84@vt.edu, Tel: 540- 231-8131).

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