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Assistant Professor of Teaching

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 1st, 2020

Last review date: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

As part of UC Davis’ commitment to hire faculty with a strong commitment to teaching, research and service that address the needs of our increasingly diverse state and student population, the College of Biological Sciences announces an Assistant Professor of Teaching faculty position in the Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. Professors of Teaching are Academic Senate faculty members whose expertise and responsibilities center on undergraduate education and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching methods. The successful applicant will teach both lower and upper division undergraduate lecture and laboratory courses within the NPB major. They will also be expected to play a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, work with other faculty to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives, and develop a successful discipline-based educational research program.

As one of the country’s leading R1 institutions, UC Davis seeks candidates with exceptional teaching, educational research and inclusive excellence. In addition, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the barriers preventing full participation of members from historically underrepresented and marginalized student communities in higher education, such as (but not limited to) women, underrepresented minorities, individuals self- identifying as LGBTQIA+, veterans, individuals with disabilities, economically disadvantaged groups, first-generation, undocumented students, or students with any intersections in between. The successful candidate will have an accomplished track record (calibrated to career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of underrepresented minorities, and a clearly articulated vision of how their work at UC Davis will continue to contribute to the University’s mission of serving the needs of our diverse state and student population.

Applicants’ track record of engagement and activity related to diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as well as their plans for future engagement will be a significant part of the overall evaluation of the candidate’s qualifications for a faculty appointment.

The official title of the position is Lecturer with the Potential for Security of Employment (LPSOE). LPSOEs are Academic Senate faculty members eligible for promotion to “Security of Employment,” which is analogous to tenure.

Minimum Qualifications
PhD in Biological Sciences or related disciplines and experience teaching college-level biology courses.

Preferred Qualifications
Documented success in some or all of the following areas:
• Teaching large undergraduate classes.
• Experiential learning.
• Use of evidence-based teaching practices.
• Use of modern instructional technology including virtual classrooms and online environments.
• Ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations.
• Experience conducting education research.

Application Requirements
Application packages should be submitted online through and include a cover letter, your curriculum vitae, a description of your research background (not to exceed two pages), statement of current and proposed teaching and science education plans (not to exceed four pages), and a statement describing your past experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity, equity and inclusion (not to exceed two pages). Applicants should also arrange to have three referees submit supporting letters online at the above website.

We strongly recommend that all candidates visit our website dedicated to this search for additional information about how their application materials, including their Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will be assessed carefully by the Search Committee in the screening and review process. For questions regarding this process, the Faculty contact is William DeBello at and the Administrative contact is Dianna Smith at

Our Commitment
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values of the University of California, Davis that are embedded within our Principles of Community and are tied with how to best serve our student population. In 2019, over 40% of undergraduate students were first generation, with roughly 30% of students coming from underrepresented minority groups across California (discover more statistics here). Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can best be fully realized by faculty who share our commitment to these values, which are included in our recently developed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision, our new strategic plan: “To Boldly Go,” our Principles of Community, the strategic plan at the UC Davis Health System (UCDHS) through Our Path Forward, the Office of Academic Affairs’ Mission Statement, and the UC Board of Regents Policy 4400: Policy on University of California Diversity Statement. The Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (HEDI) has outlined similar goals in their Anti-Racism and DEI Action Plan. The University has taken many steps to uphold these goals and visions, which are outlined through this timeline.

The University
UC Davis is the home of the Aggies — go-getters, change makers and problem solvers who make their mark at one of the top public universities in the United States. Since we first opened in 1908, we’ve been known for standout academics, sustainability and Aggie Pride as well as valuing the Northern California lifestyle. These themes are woven into our 100-plus-year history and our reputation for solving problems related to food, health, the environment and society.

The University of California, Davis, has been recognized in the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings for 2020, ranking 55th among the top ranked universities by reputation. UC Davis was ranked 104th out of 1,000 universities worldwide in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the largest academic ranking of global universities. UC Davis is ranked 5th nationally by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education and 11th nationally by US News and World Report among U.S. public universities overall and for research funding. Forbes Magazine named UC Davis the #1 University in its list of “The 13 Most Important STEM Colleges for Women.” Forbes also ranked UC Davis as 52nd among the Best Employers for Diversity. The university houses four colleges and six professional schools, with 101 graduate programs, and receives over $845 million annually in research funding.

UC Davis is home to an inclusive group of academically excellent and diverse student population. About 42% of Fall 2019 undergraduates were first generation students, 78% are California residents, 60% are female, and 35% are Receiving Pell Grants. About 56% of incoming undergraduate students are STEM majors. The university welcomes more than 10,000 international student scholars, faculty, and researchers to campus, representing over 140 countries across six continents.

UC Davis is third among top U.S. colleges for "doing the most for the American Dream" for our commitment to economic diversity (College Access Index, New York Times 2017) and is ranked 17th among “best Colleges” as an “affordable school that produces results” (Money Magazine 2016). The university is also ranked 17th in “best colleges for veterans” by US News. UC Davis is making important progress toward our goal of achieving federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

In a Student Basic Needs study from 2016, the University of California, Office of the President identified that 46% of undergraduate students and 23% of graduate students at UC Davis were food insecure. UC Davis has created the well-respected AggieCompass and The Pantry at the Basic Needs Center to support students.

UC Davis is known for its commitment to the environment, locally and globally. You can see it in our teaching, research and dedication to equitable sustainability on our own campus. UC Davis acknowledges the land on which we are gathered. For thousands of years, this land has been the home of Patwin people. Today, there are three federally recognized Patwin tribes: Cachil DeHe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, Kletsel Dehe Wintun Nation, and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation. The Patwin people have remained committed to the stewardship of this land over many centuries. It has been cherished and protected, as elders have instructed the young through generations. We are honored and grateful to be here today on their traditional lands.

The university is ranked third in the world for campus sustainability practices by the 2019 UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. UC Davis is focused on achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions and repeatedly shown its commitment to keeping a sustainable environment. An example of such initiatives is the Causeway Connection Electric Bus, which was created this year to seamlessly connect the Davis and Sacramento campuses in an environmentally cautious way.

To support UC Davis faculty during a time of COVID-19-related illness, quarantine, or campus closure, UC Davis quickly rolled out Keep Teaching, providing concise, practical resources and strategies for moving part or all of a course online to help you keep teaching. Resources are constantly being developed for faculty to better support our students. For example, the Just In Time Training Guide from the Center for Educational Effectiveness provides current UC Davis resources for supporting a first-generation student population.

Our 5,300-acre campus is in the city of Davis, a vibrant college town of about 72,000 situated In the Sacramento Valley, the northern portion of the Central Valley. ranks Davis the 3rd "Best City to Live in for STEM Workers" and 18th among the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" in the country, describing the quirky city as having “particular pride in being politically active and socially conscious.” Neighboring Sacramento has been dubbed the farm-to-fork capitol, with over 40 regional farmers markets conveniently accessible. The University’s student population is approximately 35,500. The campus lies 14 miles west of Sacramento (the State capital), 72 miles northeast of San Francisco, 47 miles to the east of the famed Napa Valley and wine country, and 110 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe and the Sierras. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to multiple world-class research and academic institutions providing additional collaborative opportunities.

UC Davis is working on many initiatives, including developing Aggie Square Innovation Center in Sacramento, fostering a stronger connection between the Davis and Sacramento campuses, with partnerships within the community enhancing the University’s economic impact and pioneering contributions to the region.

UC Davis supports family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) and Capital Resource Network (CRN) are services designed to support departments and deans offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited; for full program details please visit the website. For questions regarding how these policies/programs affect academic appointees, contact Assistant Vice Provost Binnie Singh at

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work-life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a nationally recognized Work-Life Program for Academics that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited on any property owned or leased by UC Davis -- indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.

We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see this website. If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting college.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - A description of your research background (not to exceed two pages)

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of current and proposed teaching and science education plans (not to exceed four pages)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement describing your past experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity, equity and inclusion (not to exceed two pages).

    Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required