Tenure Track Faculty in Biology Education

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Monday, November 14, 2016, 5:00pm


Murfreesboro, TN
United States



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The Department of Biology at Middle Tennessee State University seeks applications for a tenure-track faculty position with a research focus in Biology Education starting August 2017. The successful applicant will also support the Biology Education concentration of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Mathematics and Science Education (MSE). Responsibilities include: establishing an independent program in biology education research, disseminating scholarship in peer-reviewed forums, seeking external funding to support research, teaching undergraduate courses in biology and/or graduate courses in the MSE program, and providing service to the university and professional community. Additional responsibilities include mentoring MSE Ph.D. Biology Education students and actively participating in professional organizations. The tenure-track position is advertised at the Assistant or Associate level. The search committee welcomes and encourages people who currently hold rank to apply for this position.


Applicants must hold a terminal degree in Biology Education, Science Education or Biology (or in a closely-related field) with a significant focus in biology education research by the appointment date; a master’s degree or at least 18 hours of graduate-level coursework in biology; a background in current trends in science education research; evidence of success in biology education scholarship; evidence of implementation of research-based, high-quality instruction; and an ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple audiences. Experience in applying for external funding also welcomed.

MTSU Description

MTSU is a DRU classified institution, located in Murfreesboro, TN, 30 miles southeast of metropolitan Nashville that has a mission of excellence in teaching, research, and service. It is one of the largest universities in the state, with approximately 23,000 students enrolled. MTSU began offering a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Mathematics and Science Education in fall 2010 and is one of the only universities in the country to offer this unique doctoral degree specifically in disciplinary-based education research. The MSE program currently supports 34 doctoral students with about a quarter of those enrolled in the Biology Education concentration. The Biology Education concentration currently employs four dedicated faculty housed within the Department of Biology. MTSU’s Department of Biology also supports master’s and doctoral degrees in biology content. For more information about the university and the department, please visit our web site at http://www.mtsu.edu/biology/.

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To apply for the position, go to https://mtsujobs.mtsu.edu and follow the instructions on how to complete an application, attach documents, and submit your application online. If you have questions regarding this process, please contact Academic Affairs at 615-898-5128. A complete application packet will include: A cover letter highlighting qualifications relevant to research, teaching and service; a current curriculum vitae; a teaching philosophy statement; a research statement; up to three current publications (if relevant); and a list of up to three references. The position will remain open until filled, but the committee will begin reviewing applications November 14th, 2016.

Dr. Grant Gardner serves as chair of the search committee.  Specific inquiries into the position can be sent to Grant.Gardner@mtsu.edu. General questions regarding the Department of Biology can also be directed to Dr. Lynn Boyd Lynn.Boyd@mtsu.edu, Biology Department Chair.

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience. Proof of U.S. citizenship OR eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986). Clery Act crime statistics for MTSU available at http://police.mtsu.edu/crime_statistics.htm or by contacting MTSU Public Safety at 615-898-2424.

MTSU, a culturally diverse university, is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educational institution and employer.  Women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.