The Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science (PVS) in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources (CAHNR) at the University of Connecticut (UConn) invites applications for a full-time 9-month Assistant Professor in Residence (APiR) or Instructor in Residence (IiR) with teaching, student advising, and other faculty service duties. This is a non-tenure track faculty position renewed annually with the expectation of long-term employment. The position is available immediately and will start no later than August 23, 2023.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic individual capable of engaging students in practical and experiential learning as part of our revised undergraduate curriculum in the Pathobiology major (PATH). Responsibilities include teaching courses relevant to the major, such as medical biotechnology, pathophysiology and disease, microbiology, and global health, based on the candidate's strengths and experience. The candidate will also oversee the successful operation of the PATHWAYS program, which involves connecting students with lab managers, physicians, veterinarians, employers, etc. to initiate relevant independent studies and internships, and to conduct on-site visits with interns and their employers. We are seeking a collaborative educator able to cultivate strong relationships with industry practitioners and other stakeholders to augment the impact of their teaching efforts. Preference will be given to those who have experience working with first-generation and underrepresented groups.
Other duties include advising undergraduate students, participating in undergraduate student recruitment activities, and actively contributing to the academic community through service within the University.
PVS (https://pathobiology.cahnr.uconn.edu) is the leading infectious disease and diagnostic unit on the Storrs campus. The PATH undergraduate major offers a pre-health concentration for professional careers (medical, veterinary, dental, and physician assistant schools), a global health concentration for students with an interest in public health and one health careers, and a medical biotechnology concentration for students interested in careers with the biomedical/biotech/biopharmaceutical industry, as well as research hospitals and medical centers. Our research focuses on microbiology (including bacteriology and virology), pathology, and immunology. We are home to the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) and the Center of Excellence for Vaccine Research (CEVR).
The CAHNR Strategic Vision (https://cahnr.uconn.edu/visionandvalues/) provides additional information on the strategic initiatives and their related areas of emphasis.
The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. The University prioritizes scholarship in areas that include health and environmental sustainability and offers significant opportunities for cross-disciplinary, collaborative scholarship in a number of areas including healthy and active communities, shoreline and community resilience, stormwater management and green infrastructure, sustainable cities, landscape ecology, multi-modal transportation, and digital visualization and spatial analytics. UConn has been recognized as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly campuses by a national publication of Sierra magazine. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and inclusion, and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.
- For consideration as Assistant Professor in Residence, a Ph.D., MD, DVM, or an equivalent terminal degree in a relevant discipline such as pathobiology, microbiology, and/or immunology.
- For consideration as Instructor in Residence, a master's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline such as pathobiology, microbiology, and/or immunology.
- Knowledge of innovative teaching approaches in the undergraduate-level classroom, laboratory, or field instruction.
- Strong organizational and verbal/written communication skills.
- Experience with enhancing diversity and inclusion in the classroom or furthering inclusive best practices at work.
- Experience working with first-generation and underrepresented groups.
- Teaching experience at the college level with full-class responsibilities.
- Proficiency in advising and mentoring undergraduate students.
- Experience developing programmatic curricula, including curriculum mapping, and measuring program outcomes.
- Familiarity with marketing and program outreach techniques.
This is a full-time, non-tenure track 9-month position, with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023, or earlier. Salary and position level will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.
Apply online via Academic Jobs Online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/24036 and submit the following application materials:
- Cover letter that addresses how the applicant meets the minimum and preferred qualifications, why the applicant is the best fit for the position, and how the applicant's work at UConn will contribute to one or more of CAHNR strategic priorities;
- Curriculum vitae;
- Teaching statement, 2 pages maximum (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, etc.);
- Diversity statement, 2 pages maximum (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, and applying effective pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles);
- Names and contact information for three references.
Evaluation of applicants will begin on January 2, 2023. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 15, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Inquiries about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Steven Szczepanek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.
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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.