California Lutheran University — Assistant Professor in Biology – Animal Physiologist

Posting Details

Position Title
Assistant Professor in Biology – Animal Physiologist
Position Category	
Position Status
Thousand Oaks

University Background
The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice. Founded in 1959 in beautiful Ventura County, the university has an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students who come from across the nation and around the world from a diversity of backgrounds, cultures and faiths. As a federally recognized Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal Lutheran is looking for candidates with a dedication to and success in working in diverse communities. The university is committed to an inclusive learning and work environment that values individual differences and respects each person's dignity.

Basic Function	
California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran) seeks to hire a broadly trained Animal Physiologist at the Assistant Professor level (tenure track), starting in the Fall of 2022. Our campus is a Hispanic-Serving and McNair-designated Institution and we seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi-cultural, and multi-racial communities. Cal Lutheran is committed to equity for all, and there is no religious or faith requirement for faculty or students. Cal Lutheran is an accredited, private, comprehensive university that offers degrees in liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. We engage students in critical inquiry-based learning through our small course sizes and hands on research experience. We are dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The main campus is located midway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, and is home to more than 2,804 undergraduates and 1,223 graduate students who come from 35 countries. 54.5% of Cal Lutheran Students are from underrepresented groups, and 34% of freshmen are first generation students.
Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. and provide evidence of excellence in teaching, as well as a strong commitment to developing a research program involving undergraduate students. It is essential that interested candidates possess the ability or potential to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate students, particularly those from diverse and underserved backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates who can serve as role models for Latinx, Hispanic, African-American, or Native American students. Postdoctoral research and experience in collaborative grant writing are also highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses in Comparative Anatomy, Vertebrate Physiology, and Introductory Biology. In addition, candidates have the opportunity to develop additional elective course offerings that align with their area of expertise. An ability to teach Neuroscience is highly desired.
The successful candidate's field of research expertise is open, however, applicants with an interest in integrative physiology and neuroscience are encouraged to apply. Candidates that are motivated to develop undergraduate laboratory classes that involve genuine research experiences conducted over the course of a semester (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences – CURES) are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Biology Department at Cal Lutheran has excellent resources for engaging students in the process of scientific discovery. Cal Lutheran has recently built a new, 47,000 square foot joint-sciences building with dedicated research space. We offer an inquiry-based curriculum that through smaller class sizes emphasizes active learning in order to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in elite graduate programs and prepare for careers in industry or academia.

Under the direction of the Dean, Department Chair , the Assistant Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for the assigned undergraduate courses. The Assistant Professor is to serve as an academic advisor to students; serve on faculty or university committees; and engage in scholarly activities, and/or creative endeavors which contribute to the academic mission of the University, as outlined in the faculty handbook.

Representative Duties
• Provide academic instruction to students through lecture and lab courses. Create assignments and activities in one-on-one, classroom, and distance mediated instructional settings for development of cognitive abilities, communication skills, and higher order thinking skills among students. E
• Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback in a timely manner to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
• Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to course and student progress in a timely manner. E
• Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
• Attend and participate on committees and in department, division, campus, and University meetings. E
• Performs related duties as assigned.

E=Essential Duties

Knowledge Of
• Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
• Principles and best practices of effective teaching
• Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
• University curricula
• Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
• Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
• Modern computing technology
• Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress

Ability To	
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
• Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic background of University students
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities.
• Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
• Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
• Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline

Minimum Qualifications	
Ph.D in Biology

Preferred Qualifications	
Licenses and other requirements	

Working Environment	
Indoor classroom environment; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.
Posting Number	Faculty000422020
Number of Vacancies	
Desired Start Date	08/22/2022
Position End Date	
Open Date
Close Date	10/01/2021
Open Until Filled	No

Application Procedure/Special Instructions
A complete application includes:
1. A Cover Letter that specifically addresses how you meet the qualifications of the position and are prepared to support the mission of Cal Lutheran and its designation as an HSI and McNair Institution.
2. A current Curriculum Vitae
3. A Statement of Teaching Philosophy, including experience or interest in teaching all expected courses of instruction for this position (comparative anatomy/vertebrate physiology/introductory biology) as well as knowledge/understanding of high impact practices in mentoring and engaging students from diverse and underserved backgrounds.
4. A Statement indicating experience and eagerness in serving as role models for Latinx, Hispanic, African-American, or Native American students.
5. A Research Statement that addresses scholarly activities and plans, including any experience with and/or interest in mentoring undergraduate student research.
6. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to assess your qualifications (obtained through application portal)

California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University's policies, procedures, and processes.

Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

Supplemental Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
	1.	How did you hear about this posting?
◦	Chronicle of Higher Education
	◦	Inside Higher Ed
	◦	Cal Lutheran Website
	◦	Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
	◦	Hispanic Outlook
	◦	Women in Higher Education
	◦	Department Specific Site (MLA, APA, etc.)
	◦	Minority Postdoc
	◦	Other
	◦	Personal Recommendation

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
	1.	Resume/Curriculum Vitae
	2.	Cover Letter
	3.	Teaching Philosophy
	4.	Statement of Research/Creative Activities
	5.	Diversity Statement
Optional Documents
	1	Other
	2	Other #2
	3	Other #3

To Apply