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The South Dakota State University Department of Biology & Microbiology invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the area of Biology Education Research. This is a 9-month, full-time position beginning January 2017.  SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

The incumbent will be responsible for:
•    Leading departmental efforts to align core majors courses (Intro Biology, Freshman Seminar, Microbiology, Genetics/Cell/Molecular Biology, Capstone) with Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education – A Call to Action, including:
o    Innovating active learning strategies in lecture courses;
o    Re-developing lab courses and implementing inquiry-based labs;
o    Assisting other faculty in the department with course redesign.
•    Establishing a research program in post-secondary biology education research;
•    Seeking extramural funding in post-secondary biology education research;
•    Teaching majors introductory biology courses;
•    Engaging university partners through the SDSU Institute for STEM Education Enhancement.

Minimum Qualifications:
•    Earned PhD or equivalent degree in Biology, Science Education, Cell Biology, Genetics, or closely related field by December 2016.
•    Research productivity in biology education research.
•    Experience and success in biology lecture or laboratory instruction.
•    Effective written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:
•    Experience with course and/or program assessment as well as course and program redesign.
•    Scholarly biology education publications.
•    Experience implementing evidence-based teaching practices.
•    Experience mentoring graduate students.
•    Evidence of ability to start an independent research program.
•    Experience writing successful grant proposals.
•    Knowledge of current pedagogical research in science education.
•    General and classroom-specific information technology skills.
•    Desire to develop new labs and more effective learning experiences.
•    Motivation to improve post-secondary science education.
•    The ability to work well with others.


Our Department:
The SDSU Biology and Microbiology Department has 30 faculty members, over 500 undergraduate and 50 graduate students, and offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees.  The SDSU Bio/Micro department has a strong commitment to teaching, research, and service.  For a closer look, please visit the department website at:

Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by
June 8, 2016.

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site.  To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.”  The system will guide you through the electronic application form. Email applications will not be accepted. The employment site will also require the following:

•    Cover letter;
•    Statement of teaching philosophy (attach under ‘other document’);
•    Curriculum Vitae;
•    Graduate school transcripts.

Additionally, three professional reference letters sent to Ms. Carol Doyle (, Department of Biology and Microbiology, SNP 252, Box 2140D, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57007 are required. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 or if you require assistance with this process.

SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff.  Women, veterans, minorities, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

For questions on the position, contact the Search Chair, Dr. Natalie Thiex ( or (605) 688-5874.

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