The Department of Biological Sciences at Mississippi State University has multiple Instructor positions available. Instructors are teaching-specific roles with no direct research responsibility. These are promotable positions with ranks of Instructor I, II and III, dependent on experience and effectiveness. All instructor levels are full-time, 9-month, non-tenure track positions.
Mississippi State University is a comprehensive R1 land-grant university that serves more than 22,000 students. The Department of Biological Sciences offers degrees at the B.S. (Biological Sciences, Medical Technology, and Microbiology), M.S., and Ph.D. levels. We are situated within a short drive of more than 120,000 acres of state and federal natural areas, with abundant opportunities for recreation.
Salary Grade: UC
For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.
Area of Specialization:
Anticipated Appointment Date:
August 16, 2023
Tenure Track Status:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Teaching opportunities are wide-ranging throughout our curriculum and include non-majors courses in Animal Biology and Anatomy & Physiology as well as courses for our introductory Biology sequence for majors, and other more advanced majors courses including Animal Diversity, Human Anatomy, Vertebrate Histology, Comparative Anatomy, General Microbiology, Pathogenic Microbiology, Parasitology, Bacterial Physiology, or other courses fitting the applicant’s interest and the department’s need. Duties may include courses that have online components or are offered entirely online although the expectations are that these positions will be predominantly in face-to-face delivery formats. These assignments may also include preparing, coordinating, and supervising lab sections with the support of graduate teaching assistants. The opportunity to teach summer courses for additional pay may be available to meet student demand.
M.S. degree in a relevant discipline, instructional experience at the university or community college level, excellent communication and organizational skills, and familiarity with common instructional technologies. Candidates with degrees pending will be considered if the expected completion date is before the position’s start date. Preference will be given to candidates who use evidence-based teaching practices, have instructional design experience, are committed to creating a safe and inclusive learning environment, have taught a variety of courses, have experience coordinating teaching laboratories, and demonstrate excellence in teaching.
ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):
Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, a minimum of one-year instructional experience, and experience coordinating teaching laboratories.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; strong organizational and computer skills.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
No unusual physical requirements. Requires no heavy lifting, and nearly all work is performed in a comfortable indoor facility.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must complete the Personal Data Information Form and upload 1) a cover letter summarizing your teaching interests and readiness for the position (two-page maximum), 2) an up-to-date CV, 3) a statement of your teaching philosophy, contributions to past courses, and teaching effectiveness (three-page maximum), 4) a statement of your contributions and commitment to inclusivity, equity, and diversity (two-page maximum), and 5) contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
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