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Teaching Postdoctoral Associate - Entomology

Job Description

Teaching Postdoctoral Associate - Entomology

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

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Teaching Postdoctoral Associate– Organismal Biology/Infectious Diseases/Public and Global Health

College Description:    

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and home to Cornell University’s second largest population of students, faculty and staff. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.  CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Department Description

The Department of Entomology, in collaboration with Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative, invites applicants for a full-time Teaching Postdoctoral Associate with interest in developing skills and experience in Biology Education Research and Evidence-Based Pedagogy in preparation for an academic career. Specifically, the teaching postdoctoral associate will play a key role in supporting the development and optimization of active learning for a large Cornell course, ENTOM2100/BSOC2101 ‘Plagues and People’ as well as supporting adoption of active learning in other departmental courses. The successful candidate will focus on enhancing student participation and group problem solving in these courses. This position is part of a Cornell-wide initiative to shift the undergraduate curriculum toward active learning approaches; the wide range of participating departments is summarized here: http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2019/02/active-learning-initiative-funds-nine-projects   

Job Description

The Teaching Postdoctoral Associate will be appointed for a one-year period, not renewable. The successful candidate will collaborate with Entomology faculty towards the following goals: formulate learning goals, develop active learning-based modules that align with Plagues and People course learning goals and are transferable to other courses, provide feedback on course teaching practices, evaluate and assess learning gains, present/publish the results, and act as a consultant for other Faculty members in the department.

We expect that successful candidates will devote:

  • 20% of their effort on advising and consulting with Entomology Faculty to adopt active learning in their classes.
  • 60% of their effort to developing active learning material and activities pertaining to the goals and content of Plagues and People and participating in teaching that material in the classroom,.
  • 20% effort to assessment of the implementation of active learning, presentation/publication.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must hold a doctoral degree in Organismal Biology, Ecology/Environmental Sciences /Entomology, Biology Education, Public Health or a related field and have excellent organizational, interpersonal communication, team building and collaboration skills. Experience in developing active learning curricula and coaching educators is essential.

Terms of Appointment

This is a 1-year appointment with no possibility of extension. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The anticipated start date for the appointment is January 2023 (start date is negotiable). 

Application Instructions: To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 15th, 2022. Interested applicants should submit a CV, letter of interest, research statement, teaching statement, contact information for 3 references and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via Academic Jobs Online at the following link: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/23350 .  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a candidate is selected.  If you have questions about this position, please email Laura Harrington at lch27@cornell.edu 

Employment Assistance:

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting or email mycareer@cornell.edu .

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at equity@cornell.edu .

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.


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