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Visiting Faculty in Biology

Apply now Job no: 494158
Position type: FAC - Visiting Faculty - 1st Year - Academic Year
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The Biology Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is seeking applications for a full-time, one academic year (approximately 9-month) teaching position, renewable for up to three years. We seek a candidate with excellent communication and interpersonal skills that has demonstrated success in supporting diversity through inclusive student-centered teaching. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates from underrepresented groups, and from candidates who have interest and/or experience in working with diverse student and community populations.

Required Qualifications and Education:

  • Master's degree or higher in a relevant field in Biology
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and commitment to experiential and high-impact teaching practices.
  • Experience in, demonstrated understanding of, or interest in social justice education and/or initiatives, and/or inclusion, diversity, and/or intercultural training.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, such as the ability to interact with others with respect and empathy.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:

  • Ability to teach in both face-to-face and online environments
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting diversity among students, faculty, and communities

Responsibilities:

  • Teach 12 credits each semester
  • Ability to teach at least two of the following courses:
    • BIO 120 lecture and lab – General Biology I (Cellular Biology)
    • BIO 121 lab – General Biology II (Organismal Biology)
    • BIO 210 – Evolution
    • BIO 215 lab – Ecology
    • BIO 355 – Human Genetics
    • BIO 375 – Genetics
    • BIO 376 – Genetics Lab
    • BIO 328 – Biomedical Ethics
    • NRM 250 – Resource Measurement and Mapping
    • NRM 281 lecture and lab – Principles of Soil Science
    • Other courses are possible depending on the expertise of the successful candidate

Salary/Benefits: $40,000. The university offers an excellent comprehensive package that includes health plans, life insurance, retirement, sick/leave disability, tuition waiver, adoption resources, wellness coaching, and free access to campus fitness facilities. Family and childcare options on and off-campus are also available. For a detailed description of benefits, please visit Visiting Faculty Benefits - Benefits and Wellness - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu).

Department/College: The Biology Department at Grand Valley State University has undergraduate degree-granting programs in Biology, Natural Resource Management, Wildlife Biology and Fisheries and Aquatic Science, and a Master's Degree Program in Biology. Its 40 full-time faculty value teaching excellence, active scholarship, and inclusive service to the university and community and encourage interdisciplinary and exploratory approaches to teaching and research. High impact field and lab experiences and community collaboration are hallmarks of our relevant, interdisciplinary curriculum. There are numerous collaborative opportunities for faculty and students across a wide group of partners within the department, across campus and in the community. For more information, see our web site at gvsu.edu/biology or call (616) 331-2470.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is the largest college at Grand Valley, offering over 50 bachelor degrees and a growing number of advanced degrees in the natural and mathematical sciences, the fine arts and humanities, and the social sciences. CLAS is a student-centered and diverse learning community that engages in critical inquiry, extending knowledge to enrich and enliven individual and public life. Our faculty are active teacher-scholars committed to equitable, inclusive, career-connected, and community-engaged liberal arts and sciences education. There are many opportunities for collaboration within CLAS and across a broad group of partners on and off-campus. We are interested in attracting a cohort of new faculty committed to these core values as we seek to foster a community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive together.

Campus/University: Grand Valley University (GVSU) is a public comprehensive institution located in West Michigan with campuses in Allendale, downtown Grand Rapids, and Holland, plus centers in Detroit, Muskegon and Traverse City. The University attracts more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities, and has been nationally recognized for innovativeness and its contribution to students’ social mobility. The greater Grand Rapids metropolitan area has a population of around one million people, is affordable, and offers rich cultural amenities. Grand Valley is located within easy driving distance of Chicago, Detroit, Lake Michigan beaches, and many other superb summer and winter recreational venues. Information can be found at Community Resources - Human Resources - Grand Valley State University (gvsu.edu). Grand Valley is highly rated for safety, sustainability, and veteran and LGBTQ friendliness, and is committed to supporting employees and their families in work-life balance.

How to Apply: A complete application must include: (1) a cover letter addressing qualifications and your motivation to teach at GVSU, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) statement on commitment to inclusive excellence that includes a summary of ongoing and anticipated activities to promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in your teaching, (4) contact information of three professional references, and (5) graduate transcripts (unofficial issued to students are acceptable to apply). Grand Valley State University has a diverse student body and we encourage applications from individuals with a commitment to mentoring students underrepresented demographics in the sciences. Apply online at jobs.gvsu.edu and select “Apply now”. The online application will allow applicants to attach these documents electronically. Applicants selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215. Email questions about the position to the Biology Department Chair, Dr. Janet Vigna at vignaj@gvsu.edu.

Application Deadline: The review process will begin on May 13, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University.

Grand Valley State University has a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that requires all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. We will require proper documentation upon hire. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active duty military status or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university’s grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, titleix@gvsu.edu, (616) 331-9530.

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See www.gvsu.edu/affirmative/. TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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