Inst/Ast Prof – Fixed Term – East Lansing, MI

Inst/Ast Prof – Fixed Term

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Working/Functional Title

Inst/Ast Prof – Fixed Term

Position Summary

The Biological Sciences (BioSci) Program is seeking a fixed term faculty member to join the BioSci Program teaching team. The successful candidate will join a diverse group of educators and discipline-based education researchers dedicated to providing high-quality undergraduate biology education. The initial appointment will be for one year (9 months) with expectation of continuing renewal based on satisfactory performance. 

The successful candidate will serve as curriculum coordinator for BS172, a large enrollment introductory organismal biology course designed for life-science majors. The coordinator will lead BS172 instructors in continuing improvement of a laboratory curriculum that guides diverse student groups through inquiry-based research projects; train, supervise, and evaluate graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate learning assistants; work with prep staff to ensure smooth lab implementation; and teach recitations and serve as an instructor in the course.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Biological Sciences or related field

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

An advanced degree in the biological sciences or related fields with college teaching experience (as a teaching assistant or instructor of record) or experience mentoring students through research projects is required. Required degrees are a Ph.D. at the Assistant Professor level, a Master's degree at Instructor level.  Candidates must also demonstrate a commitment to creating inclusive learning environments and professional development.

Desired Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with teams of instructors, curriculum development (particularly three-dimensional curricula and assessments), supervising graduate teaching assistants and undergraduate learning assistants, teaching in undergraduate laboratories that include research projects, and teaching that supports diverse learners. 

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a

  • cover letter
  • CV
  • two examples of how you have implemented or plan to implement your teaching philosophy, highlighting experience with and/or commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (please limit your teaching philosophy description to four pages).

All documents should be submitted to The applicant should also provide the contact information for three professional references; references will be contacted during the screening process. Review of applications will begin on March 20 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Dr. Katie Krueger, BioSci Program Assistant Director and Chair of the Search Committee ([email protected]). 

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

There is also a posting for a fixed-term instructor position in BioSci and interested candidates should apply separately for this instructor position as well.


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Department Statement

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. MSU is committed to providing a work environment that supports employees' work and personal life, and offers employment assistance to the spouse or partner of candidates for faculty and academic staff positions. 

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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