Assistant Teaching Professor in Biological Sciences

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Salary range: The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 1L for the salary history range. A reasonable estimate for this position is $75,000- $175,000. “Off-scale salaries” and other components of pay, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Anticipated start: 7/1/2023


Open date: February 6, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Mar 24, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 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.


The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology (EEMB) at the University of California, Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position as an Assistant Teaching Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The Department is looking for exceptional individuals with expertise in biology capable of teaching introductory biology courses covering organismal, ecological, and evolutionary biology in EEMB. The appointment would include curriculum and program development activities in the Introductory Biology series for EEMB.

The Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology ( offers research and teaching programs that span biological scales from physiology and morphology of individuals, to the behavior and interactions of groups, to the functioning of ecosystems. EEMB administers four specialized EEMB majors and two general Biology majors.

Responsibilities will include teaching and teaching related tasks for lower and upper division undergraduate courses; mentorship of undergraduate, and potentially graduate students; professional and/or scholarly achievement and creative activity, particularly relating to instruction and pedagogy; and participation in university service. Additional responsibilities of this position may include coordination of active learning aspects of the EEMB Introductory Biology lecture series. Faculty in this title are members of the Academic Senate, with the same benefits and privileges as the professor track.

The University of California seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California. UC Santa Barbara is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and 40% of UCSB’s undergraduate student body are first-generation college students. We invite candidates who understand the systemic barriers facing individuals from underrepresented groups in STEM and who will leverage evidence-based teaching strategies to provide equitable opportunities and promote diversity and inclusion across educational environments.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, research, and service as appropriate to the position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) in biology or a closely related field, except the dissertation by the time of application. A minimum of one year of teaching experience by the time of application is required (teaching assistant experience is counted).

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Applicants must have completed a PhD (or equivalent) in biology or a closely related field by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Applicants should have a record of excellent teaching, with experience and expertise in biological sciences. Preferred qualifications include participation in curriculum and program development and assessment, with a demonstrated history of evidence-based and inclusive teaching as well as scholarship in biology education in higher education settings. Preferred qualifications also include a track record of mentoring and fostering the success of historically under-represented students and the ability to interface with and contribute to departmental and institutional initiatives in these areas.


Document requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy - ● A description of your conceptualization of learning
    ● A description of your conceptualization of teaching
    ● A description of your goals for students
    ● A description of how you implement your teaching philosophy
    ● A description of your personal growth plan

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - The University of California is committed to excellence and equity in every facet of its mission and strives to recognize contributions in all areas of faculty achievement that promote equal opportunity and diversity. Contributions to diversity and equal opportunity can take a variety of forms including but not limited to:

    · efforts to advance equitable access to education;
    · public service that addresses the needs of California’s diverse population
    · research in the area of expertise that highlights inequalities, and/or mentoring

    and advising of students particularly from underrepresented and underserved

    · creation of effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students

    in under-represented groups.

  • Teaching Evaluations - Relevant teaching evaluations should be included as one document or pdf.

  • Statement of Teaching and Mentorship Experience - ● A description of courses taught and responsibilities.
    ● A description of science education strategies, practices, and experience with

    education research.
    ● A description of your teaching goals & science education plans.
    ● A description of your experience mentoring students.

Reference requirements

  • 3 letters of reference required

Applicant initiates requests for 3 letters of recommendation via the recruitment website

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being Up-To-Date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


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