Associate or Full Professor, Department of Biology Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota

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We are looking for a senior-level, tenured, faculty member to join the Department for Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL) as an Associate or Full Professor. Further information about the position and what is involved is shown below.

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Associate or Full Professor - BTL

Institution: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Type: Full-time, 9-month appointment, Tenured

Salary: starting at $95,000 with any increase based on qualifications and experience

About the Job

The College of Biological Sciences (CBS) seeks a senior-level, tenured, faculty member to join the Department for Biology Teaching and Learning (BTL) as an Associate or Full Professor. This individual will bring their extensive research and teaching skills to an interdisciplinary department focused on excellence in undergraduate biology education and biology education research.


The successful candidate for this senior-level position is expected to bring an outstanding, vibrant research program focused on an active area of biology education research to BTL. The candidate will be expected to continue their scholarly contribution to the discipline, to contribute to the academic program of the unit, and to provide service to CBS and the University where appropriate.

The candidate will be appointed at the Associate or Full Professor rank, as determined by their prior rank and level of accomplishment. The candidate’s responsibilities will be similar to other research-active BTL faculty: approximately 50% research, 40% teaching, and 10% service. Teaching duties will be based on the area of expertise of the candidate.

Required Qualifications:

-Ph.D. (or equivalent); appropriate areas include, but are not restricted to, biological sciences, learning sciences, science education and biology education research.

-Rank of associate professor, full professor, or equivalent at time of hire.

-Established record of excellence in:

  • Biology education research, as measured by success in publishing peer-reviewed papers and obtaining external funding
  • National leadership in biology education research/biology education
  • Teaching biology utilizing a variety of evidence-based teaching methods in the classroom and a commitment to the success of undergraduates from different life experiences, cultures, and communities
  • Working effectively with individuals of diverse life experiences, cultures, and communities, including individuals in different positions and career stages, such as faculty, academic/professional staff, graduate students, undergraduate students or post-doctoral fellows.

-Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse communities and cultures.

About the University and College

Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota, with its five campuses and 67,932 students, is one of the largest, most comprehensive universities in the United States, and ranks among the most prestigious research universities in the world. It is both a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, and a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public engagement.

The College of Biological Sciences, founded in 1965, is one of only a few colleges nationwide that focuses exclusively on biological sciences. The college offers eight undergraduate majors and is home to five graduate programs that span the discipline from molecules to ecosystems. CBS’s overarching mission is to improve human welfare and global conditions by advancing knowledge of the mechanisms of life through breakthrough discoveries and to prepare today’s students to create the biology of tomorrow.

The Department of Biology Teaching and Learning: BTL is a unique department – no other institution has brought together a group of researchers and educators as a department with the explicit goal of fostering biology education research and teaching excellence. To that end, BTL has become a nationally-recognized leader in designing and implementing innovative student-centered approaches to biology teaching, in both classroom and laboratory settings. The Department currently includes eight tenured and tenure-track faculty, thirteen teaching faculty, eight education specialists and staff, twelve lab services members, and seven associated faculty.

Undergraduate Biology Education: The Department manages all introductory biology courses within the College of Biological Sciences. These courses serve both non-science majors and CBS students in the seven majors available within the College. In this capacity, the BTL faculty and staff participate in both design and delivery of highly innovative, student-centered courses that are typically taught in the University’s Active Learning Classrooms.

The ten introductory Biology courses currently offered in CBS serve approximately 6,500 students annually.

BTL also houses the Nature of Life program and the CBS Instructional Labs group. The Nature of Life program is a unique, comprehensive, integrated set of four courses for all CBS first- and second-year students. The CBS instructional Labs support 25 courses that serve approximately 7,000 students yearly. The group hires and trains teaching assistants, and supports instructional and logistical needs of the instructors in these courses.

Scholarly Teaching and Biology Education Research: The successful candidate will join a thriving and collaborative department. BTL members are active in educational research, including student learning, instructional strategies, and inclusive teaching and mentoring.


The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

Departmental Diversity Statement: BTL values Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion along all axes of identity (race, gender, orientation, disability, etc.). We seek colleagues who share this value and can add to our expertise in these areas to join us and the work we are doing. The Department’s full DEI statement is available at:

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:

More information and/or to apply for the position:

Job number: 346507

This position will remain open until filled, but the search committee will begin its review of applications on March 28, 2022. Zoom interviews will take place in mid-April followed by an on campus visit.

Application materials need to be submitted online in PDF format with the applicant’s last name in the PDF title; applications cannot be considered until all of the following materials have been uploaded:

-Cover letter highlighting qualifications relevant to research, teaching, and outreach, including an explanation of how the applicant meets the required (and desirable, if appropriate) qualifications of the position

-Curriculum vitae

-Teaching philosophy statement (up to two pages)

-Research statement (up to two pages)

-Diversity statement summarizing how the candidate will foster and support University of Minnesota’s mission to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or outreach (up to two pages)

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. Additional documents may be attached by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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Abdi Warfa, PhD., Assistant Professor

Department of Biology Teaching + Learning

College of Biological Sciences

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Minneapolis, MN 55455

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