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Teaching Assistant Professor: Physiology Education

Department: Biology Teaching and Learning
Appointment Term: 9 months

The mission of the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is to discover, adapt, apply, and disseminate innovative strategies that transform biology education. To build on emerging research opportunities, enhance biology education, and increase biology-related outreach, the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL) will act as a University of Minnesota nexus for evidence-based teaching, research on effective pedagogies, and public engagement in biology.

The College of Biological Sciences announces a teaching assistant professor position in undergraduate biology education. This position will complement the existing strengths in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, contributing to our mission of research in biology education and high-quality teaching undergraduate, graduate, and other students. The successful candidate will have experience in physiology research, and be committed to building a career of scholarly, innovative, and evidence-based teaching. Specific teaching and research areas of interest include:

  • Course-based authentic research experiences in biology
  • Team-based, project-based, and/or inquiry-based learning
  • Equitable, inclusive teaching; performance gap solutions
  • Strategies to promote retention & graduation in STEM fields
  • Faculty and/or future faculty development

The primary role of this Teaching Assistant Professor in Physiology Education position in the Department of Biology Teaching and Learning is to provide high-quality undergraduate instruction in physiology, and to work as an team member on improving the undergraduate curriculum in physiological biology. The successful applicant will employ innovative, evidence-based teaching that advances the undergraduate teaching mission of the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and the University of Minnesota. The position is teaching-intensive, with expectation of contributions to scholarship and service, including participating in research related to biology teaching and learning and providing guidance to colleagues in areas of the Teaching Assistant Professor’s expertise. Candidates must have a suitable background in physiology that complements existing strengths in the Department and teach in those areas.


80% Teaching

  • Teach BIOL 1010 (Human Biology), a large-enrollment introductory biology course for non-majors, 1-2 times per year.
  • Teach BIOL 3211 (Physiology of Humans and Other Animals) 1-2 times per year.
  • Develop and teach courses that support CBS in providing high-quality classroom education and experiences for students.
  • Participate in development of new courses and/or curricula.
  • Continue personal growth within the profession, keep current with the discipline, and broaden knowledge and expertise by attending seminars, attending workshops at local and national meetings, and presenting work at workshops and national meetings.

10% Scholarship

  • Engage in research and publication related to teaching and the instructional process, or in basic science.
  • Develop funding proposals to advance instruction and scholarship of teaching and learning

10% Service

  • Provide service by participating in governance of CBS and/or the University through membership in committees.
  • Help develop the profession through participation in national and/or international associations, publication, and/or other related activities.
  • Help CBS colleagues pursuing similar and complementary projects. Advise students regarding both specific coursework and broader academic or career goals to promote a quality education.
Essential Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in biological science plus postdoctoral experience.
  • Strong and broad background in physiology.
  • Evidence of advancing undergraduate teaching and educational/instructional scholarship.
  • Evidence of independent teaching at the undergraduate level.
  • Evidence of commitment to equity and diversity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with multiple audiences.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Two or more years of postdoctoral experience in physiology-based research, particularly research involving comparative approaches.
  • Experience teaching in active classroom settings.
  • Experience in mentoring undergraduate researchers.
  • Experience in pedagogical research.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach students in large classroom settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop engaging interpersonal relationships with students.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  

  1. Visit:
  2. Search Job ID# 313293

You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter outlining how your experience meets the job description and a CV. 

After completing your application please also go to the "My Activities" section and upload a teaching philosophy statement.

This position will remain open until filled.

Questions should be directed to Mark Decker at

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and 67,932 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.   

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