Assistant Professor of Biology Education

  • Governors State University
  • 1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484
  • Apr 08, 2022
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences

Job Description

The Division of Science, Mathematics, and Technology at Governors State University
invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty appointment in Biology at the assistant professor level beginning in August 2022.

We seek candidates with outstanding teaching skills, a professional educator license, experience with secondary education programs and accreditation, evidence of a potential for or a distinguished record of scholarship, as well as community service via projects, committee and/or leadership roles. Preference will be given to those individuals dedicated to teaching and mentoring women, first generation university students, non-traditional students, and students of color.

Duties of the successful applicant will include teaching and oversight of secondary science education for the biology and chemistry teacher education programs. This position will involve student teacher oversight and responsibility for accreditation documents; teaching courses in the BS and MS programs in biology (course content may include biodiversity, botany, and/or systematics); and research in science, or science education.

Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. We are among the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois. GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper- division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of- the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.

Through its strategic plan, Vision 2020, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Our goal is for every first- year class be taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in successful transfer of community college students to universities and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.

GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations.

It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited.

Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

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