Department/Area: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology is seeking a Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). The Preceptor will work closely with Harvard faculty and students to develop and implement innovative curricula and course materials. Preceptors are expected to launch a successful teaching career by developing superior teaching and administrative skills as part of team of educators.
The Preceptor in OEB is expected to develop substantial new pedagogical approaches and is responsible for designing and supervising all aspects of the laboratory, discussion, and field work components of two Introductory undergraduate courses, OEB 10: Foundations of Biological Diversity (anticipated enrollment 100 in the Fall Term) and a 50-level Spring Term course to be determined based on the expertise of the candidate This entails: (1) collaborating with faculty to develop innovative course materials, including problem sets, hands-on activities, guided/independent student projects, review sessions, laboratory experiments and written examinations; (2) teaching weekly review lectures and leading recitation sections, laboratories, and field trips, (3) acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support team; and (4) overseeing course administration and supervising and training teaching fellow staff.
During the semester, the Preceptor will also be responsible for the organization and supervision of laboratories and field trips for these courses. If reappointed in future years, the Preceptor may rotate into other OEB Spring Term courses (e.g., OEB 11, other 50-levels) to assist with redesign of lectures, lab, and/or field trip experiences.
Candidates are required to have teaching experience in biological sciences. Ph.D. in biological sciences or on track to complete the degree by the time of appointment.
A strong commitment and background in undergraduate science education using modern pedagogical approaches. Leadership skills to assist in training teaching fellows and to manage relationships with up to 100 undergraduates. Experience working with individual undergraduates and with both bench-based and field-based science research. Candidate should have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills required. Specialized per course: Strong background in evolutionary and ecological principles, and a familiarity with plant, prokaryotic, and invertebrate and vertebrate biology and diversity.
OEB Associate Director of Administration Sarine Der Kaloustian
1. Cover letter 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy 4. Names and contact information of three to five references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted) Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Please note that Harvard University is not able to sponsor visas for this position. Other: The position is a twelve-month appointment, July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, with possibility of renewal for up to eight years.
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Internal Number: 10184
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