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Assistant Professor of Teaching (LPSOE)

Application Window

Open date: October 28, 2022

Next review date: Saturday, Dec 31, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023 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

The Department of Entomology and Nematology in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Davis is recruiting an Assistant Professor of Teaching with a preferred emphasis in entomology and animal biology. This is an academic year (9-month), Assistant Professor of Teaching position with potential for security of employment (similar to tenure-track). Participation in outreach programs and performance of University service are also expected.

An academic year (9-month) Assistant Professor of Teaching (also known as Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, or LPSOE) position is available in the Department of Entomology and Nematology (, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, with a focus on instruction in entomology and animal biology. Expertise in entomology or a related discipline is required. The appointee will be expected to carry out high-quality and innovative teaching in subjects supporting the Entomology ( and Animal Biology ( majors and consistent with the broad goals of the department. The appointee will be required to teach up to five undergraduate courses per year in departmental undergraduate curricula as assigned by the department chair. Teaching assignments will be based on enrollment, units, scope (classroom, field, laboratory), and needs of the department.

The appointee will play a key role in the Animal Biology (ABI) major through instruction in one or more of the core courses ABI 50A, 50B, 50C, and 187 ( Additional courses in the Entomology major will be assigned based on the candidate’s area of expertise and departmental need, but could include Natural History of Insects (ENT 10) and General Entomology (ENT 100, ENT 100L). The appointee will also provide guidance (ABI 189, 189D) for individual students as they design and undertake their Animal Biology research practicum with a faculty member.

The appointee will also be expected to demonstrate continued professional growth and contribute to the University mission through service activities. Examples of professional growth will involve some combination of the following professional contributions and attainments, as guided by the department: (i) research and publication in the candidate’s subject-matter discipline, (ii) pedagogical or curricular innovation, (iii) research and publication on pedagogy, (iv) activity in professional organizations, and (v) academic leadership within the University beyond normal service obligations. The appointee will have a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, working with Entomology and Nematology and other faculty at UC Davis to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives. Examples of activities within such a research program include, but are not limited to: assessing and improving existing ABI and ENT courses and identifying needs for new courses or new types of course material delivery; mentoring students to enhance their communication and public engagement skills; developing and assessing the efficacy of STEM mentoring programs aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in STEM fields; formulating and evaluating major and course learning outcomes; advancing scientific literacy; quantifying the efficacy of majors such as ABI and ENT in guiding students toward careers. The appointee will also be expected to demonstrate continued professional growth and contribute to the university mission through service activities including student advising.

This recruitment is conducted at the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank (=Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, LPSOE). The resulting hire will be at the Assistant Professor (LPSOE) rank, regardless of the proposed appointee's qualifications.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first-choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks. UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Entomology or a related discipline (degree must be awarded by start of appointment).

Preferred qualifications

-Evidence of teaching excellence is expected.
-The candidate should have the ability to develop and instruct undergraduate courses and the ability to conduct extramurally funded research as it relates to instruction in Entomology, Animal Biology or related disciplines.
-Post-doctoral experience is preferred.
-Other preferred qualifications include documented success in some or all of the following areas: teaching large undergraduate classes, use of evidence-based teaching practices, use of modern instructional technology, ability to identify and develop effective teaching strategies for diverse student populations.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V., including publication list

  • Statement of Research Accomplishments

  • Statement of Teaching - Statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy

  • Statement of Future Research Plans - Statement of future research plans relevant to teaching methods

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - 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.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are selected as the first choice candidate.]

  • Publications - Combine and upload up to three publications

  • Transcripts - Transcripts if the applicant is within five years of Ph.D. degree

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)
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Davis, CA