Division of Biological Sciences Student Programs Coordinator (Academic Coordinator)

  • University of California, San Diego, Division of Biological Sciences
  • 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA, USA
  • Oct 29, 2019
Full time   Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Sciences and Technology: other Instructional Services & Curriculum Design

Job Description

The Division of Biological Sciences (www.biology.ucsd.edu) at UC San Diego seeks an Academic Coordinator, who will lead initiatives in the area of assessment, student success, improvement of our cultural climate, and overall program improvement.  Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in Biology or related field, and be committed to supporting student success in an undergraduate Biology degree program serving a diverse student population.  The Academic Coordinator series is an academic appointment.  Appointees in this series are not members of the Academic Senate and the appointment does not lead to tenure.

 Over 20% of UCSD undergraduates, a total of >5,000 students, are majoring in Biological Sciences (one of seven majors described at https://biology.ucsd.edu/education/undergrad/maj-min/majors/fall19-later/index.html). We serve a diverse student population that includes approximately 20% transfer students. We offer approximately 250 classes per year with a combined total of ~30,000 enrollments, serving both majors and non-majors. Our faculty are organized into four academic Sections spanning the biological sciences; nearly 150 instructors teach courses in our program each year.

Primary responsibilities of the Student Programs Coordinator (Academic Coordinator) will include: partnering with instructors teaching in the Division of Biological Sciences to develop and administer assessments measuring student achievement of core competencies and readiness to succeed in gateway courses; analysis of data gathered from such assessments; coordinating and contributing to efforts to act on assessment outcomes to improve our program and provide targeted support for at-risk students; keeping abreast of best practices in the area of program assessment and student success including maintaining a close partnership with leaders of related initiatives in other units at UCSD; creating and leading initiatives aimed at improving the cultural climate for diverse student subpopulations in our program; coordinating and supporting new academic programs we are developing as part of UCSD’s Strategic Academic Program Development initiative (https://evc.ucsd.edu/initiatives/sapd/index.html).

The Division of Biological Sciences at UCSD is a vibrant center of scientific discovery, innovation, and collaboration. Our large research base spans many areas of biology and has one of the most celebrated graduate programs in the country. We are committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Candidates with substantial experience in college-level biology teaching and data analysis skills are encouraged to apply. Experience with assessment of educational programs and/or academic administration is also valued, as is experience leading programs enhancing success and persistence in undergraduate STEM degree programs.  Candidates must demonstrate in their application a commitment to equity and inclusion in higher education. We are especially interested in candidates who have created or contributed to programs that aim to promote success and reduce achievement gaps for underrepresented and first generation college students in the sciences, and/or have detailed plans to accomplish such goals.

The successful candidate is expected to have the following skills, abilities, knowledge and experience:

  • Understanding of the educational and cultural needs of diverse student subpopulations, and a demonstrated commitment to inclusion in educational programs
  • Excellent communication skills and cross-cultural abilities needed to maximize effective collaboration with a diverse community of faculty, students, and other campus colleagues
  • Experience or strong interest in assessment of student achievement of learning goals at both course and program levels, and identification of barriers to student success
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to provide educational leadership aimed broadly at program improvement through proactive interaction with faculty and students throughout the Division of Biological Sciences
  • Substantial breadth of knowledge in biology as evidenced by a Ph.D. or Master’s degree in biology (or a related field)
  • Demonstrated expertise in analysis of large datasets including use of statistical methods
  • Demonstrated success in undergraduate, college-level teaching in the field of biology (which may be as a TA, tutor or coach)
  • Outstanding organizational and project management skills



Application Details

Completed applications received by December 2, 2019 will be assured of consideration. We are seeking a candidate who will ideally be available to start in Winter or Spring 2020.

Applications must be submitted through the University of California San Diego’s Academic Personnel RECRUIT System at (https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/JPF02311)

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Applications must include:

  • CV and Cover Letter
  • Statement outlining your experience related to the expectations and job responsibilities outlined above. Please address every bullet point on the list of expected skills, abilities, knowledge and experience.
  • Diversity statement describing your experience, contributions, or potential to make contributions to foster diversity and equity (For further information on preparing diversity statements and divisional initiatives to promote diversity, see http://facultyequity.ucsd.edu/Faculty-Applicant-C2D-Info.asp and http://biology.ucsd.edu/diversity/index.html)
  • 3-4 references
  • Evaluations for up to five courses taught or supported as TA, tutor or coach

UCSD is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity (http://diversity.ucsd.edu/). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.



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