The Science Team at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking a full-time Microbiology/Molecular Biology Faculty member to begin in the Fall of 2020. The candidate selected for this position will be teaching general biology courses and electives in microbiology and molecular biology. The Science team delivers a program through which students develop collaborative inquiry skills, apply integrative critical thinking and engage in active research. We encourage individuals who enjoy making a difference in the lives of talented students to apply.
Successful candidates will have a master’s or doctorate degree in a life science discipline and a record of demonstrated successful teaching. Preference will be given to those candidates with experience incorporating computational biology into their classroom.
This position fulfills the requirement for DFI (Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois) Fellows following completion of their academic program.
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10–12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program. It also serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry.
The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not limited to:
Teaching a range of general biology courses and electives in microbiology and molecular biology
Guiding and tutoring students outside of class
Participating in the department’s curriculum and assessment development work
Close collaboration with colleagues when teaching the same course and when working on departmental priorities
Participating in all department and faculty meetings, faculty development programs, and community development days
Participating in non-teaching activities that support the department’s and Academy’s programs
Participating in external professional organizations
The Required Qualifications For This Position Include:
A minimum of a Master’s degree in microbiology, molecular biology, or a related field
Effective communication with students, staff, and parents
Active participation in a collaborative team environment
Engagement in reflective professional practice
Excellent interpersonal skills for working in a team environment with the ability to function diplomatically and communicate effectively with colleagues, administrators, students, parents, and the public
An appreciation and understanding of working with diverse populations
Experience with computational biology
Experience in curriculum design
Demonstrated application of modeling or problem solving in teaching
High school equivalent teaching experience
Salary and Benefits:
Salary and benefits are commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of employment. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits. The State Universities Retirement System (SURS) is reciprocal with other Illinois public retirement systems such as the Teachers’ Retirement Systems of Illinois (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF).
Applicants must submit a letter of interest, complete and current resume/CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, salary history, and three current professional references. Applications will be accepted and reviewed as received until the position is filled. We are seeking a diverse applicant pool.
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer providing equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, age, religion or national origin. This policy also includes the handicapped and all disabled Vietnam era veterans. IMSA utilizes only job-related criteria in making decisions concerning applicants and employees.
About Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.