Lecturer in Biological Sciences

  • Northern Arizona University
  • Flagstaff, AZ, USA
Full Time Academia

Job Description

Job Description

The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University invites applications for two non-tenure track Lecturer positions in general biology and biological writing to begin in August 2021. The successful applicants will have demonstrated success in teaching large enrollment lower-division biology courses and will be expected to teach multiple sections of our first-year biology sequence as well as other lower-division biology courses as needed. These courses support our departmental programs as well as those of other campus units.  In addition, the successful applicant will be an accomplished writer in technical and/or non-technical science writing and have an interest in science communication and will be expected to teach sections of a Biological Writing course. This course occupies an important place in the biology curriculum, as the department seeks to develop and maintain a high-quality junior level writing course that is integrated with progressively more sophisticated writing activities in lower- and upper-division courses. These sections will be taught with supervision and collaboration from other instructors to ensure consistency across sections.

The successful candidate should be conversant with topics at the levels of cells (e.g., cell structure/function, major biochemical pathways, Mendelian and molecular genetics) and organisms (e.g., biodiversity, microbiology, basic biology of plants and animals, introductory physiology, ecology, evolution).

The successful candidate will be expected to teach in collaboration with department faculty and staff and complete, seek out regular professional development around student success and evidence-based teaching methods, and perform service roles in the Department.

Research and other forms of scholarship activity are not an expectation for this position, and release time will not be allocated for them.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or a closely related field conferred by August 13, 2021 plus two semesters experience of teaching lower-division biology lecture courses as the instructor of record at the college level; OR
  • An earned Master Degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related field conferred by August 13, 2021 plus four semesters experience of teaching lower-division biology lecture courses as the instructor of record at the college level; AND
  • Evidence of successful professional accomplishment in the area of technical or non-technical science writing OR at least two years of experience teaching writing at the college level.
  • Complete hiring packet

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years or more of experience in large enrollment, introductory lecture courses and/or scientific writing, with an emphasis on biology at the college level as the instructor of record.
  • Professional accomplishments consistent with a high level of success in multiple forms or modalities of science writing with a biological focus.
  • Experience teaching lower-division biology classes including: Ecology, Genetics, Evolution and/or Microbiology.
  • Experience with traditional and non-traditional course delivery, including the use of active learning techniques and student-centered teaching practices.
  • Evidence of expertise in the use of the Blackboard Learning Management System and/or other online learning platforms.
  • Experience teaching blended, hybrid, and/or fully-online classes.
  • Expertise in best practices related to teaching in STEM, first-year college students, learning strategies and college success skills, resiliency and/or at-risk students.
  • Outstanding communication skills.
  • Experience working and interacting with people from a wide variety of culturally diverse backgrounds.


$44,000 to $48,000 depending on qualifications and experience.


This is a Faculty (FAC) position.  NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); sick leave accruals and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members.  More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page.

Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable according to terms of the Conditions of Faculty Service. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan).  Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment.

If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment.  The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment.  More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page

Submission Deadline

This vacancy will be open until filled or closed.  Review of applications will begin on April 30, 2021.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply" button at the end of the job description if viewing this position through the NAU HR website. Otherwise, to view the original post and to apply, proceed to nau.jobs, follow the 'Faculty and Administrator Openings' link, locate vacancy 605298, and then "Apply" at the bottom of the page.

Applications must include:

(1) a cover letter highlighting your particular qualifications for this position;

(2) a curriculum vitae;

(3) a statement of teaching philosophy;

(4) no more than two writing samples that illustrate your qualifications for this position

(5) names and contact information for three references;

(6) copies of transcripts; and

(7) evidence of effective teaching (teaching evaluation data, quotations from students, etc.).

Save all items as PDF and/or Word documents.

Address questions to: Dr. Ana Araya-Anchetta or Dr. Alison Singer, Co-Chairs of General Biology Lecturer Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, PO Box 5640, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ  86011, ana.araya-anchetta@nau.edu, alison.singer@nau.edu

If you need assistance completing your application there are instructions available on the HR website  or in person in the Human Resources Department located in Building 91 on the NAU Campus - on the corner of Beaver and DuPont Streets.

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process please contact the Office of Equity and Access at: 928-523-3312/TDD - 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff AZ 86011.

Education Requirements

Master's Degree, Ph.D