Job Details

Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Position Number: 1333934
  • Location: Mankato, MN
  • Position Type: Science - Biology

Biology Education, Associate/Assistant Professor

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Location: Minnesota State Mankato, MN
Job Type: Probationary
Department: Academic Affairs
Job Number: 01001
Position: Tenure-Track (Probationary*)
Date of Appointment: August 19, 2019
Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on March 22, 2019 and go until the position has been filled.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses in several of the following areas: Laboratory Experiences for Elementary Teachers (BIOL 480); Biology Teaching Methods & Materials (BIOL 485/585); Biology of Women (BIOL 102); and lecture in and coordinate Our Natural World (BIOL 100). The faculty team for Our Natural World (BIOL 100) presents several large-group lectures per week, designs weekly laboratories and discussions, writes and coordinates exams, and supervises 12-16 graduate teaching assistants.
  • This position will advise undergraduate majors.
  • A typical faculty workload responsibility may include up to twelve (12) credits per semester of instruction.
  • The successful candidate may need to teach in other areas as assigned and qualified.
  • May be expected to develop and deliver face-to-face, hybrid, and on-line instruction at the Mankato campus, online, and/or at the university's additional locations, as assigned.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with colleagues in curriculum design, instruction and evaluation, conduct research productively and mentor students in research, help create innovative strategies for student recruitment, retention, and completion, and may be expected to develop external grant funding opportunities.
  • All faculty members are expected to engage in scholarly or creative activity or research, in continuing preparation and study, in contributing to student growth and development, and in providing service to the university and community (see Article 22 and Appendix G of the IFO Master Agreement).

Required Qualifications
  • Doctorate in a biological science; or a doctorate in biology education, science education, or related field with a master's degree in a biological science. (Doctorate must be conferred on an official transcript by January 1, 2020.)
  • Dissertation research in biology education, science education, or related field; OR a successful research record in an education field that includes, but is not limited to, extramural funding, publication in peer-reviewed journals, and/or postdoctoral experience.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
  • Demonstrated effective written, oral communication and/or presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach the courses listed below, along with additional courses depending on the department's needs.
    • The courses include BIOL 100 (a large enrollment general education biology course), BIOL 480, BIOL 485/585, and BIOL 102.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and sustain an active research agenda.
  • Evidence of scholarly activity, including publications and/or professional presentations.
  • Post-doctoral experience.
  • Doctorate in biology education or science education.
  • Science teaching licensure at the primary or secondary level.
  • One (1) full year of science teaching at the primary or secondary level in the United States.

Additional Information
The Department of Biological Sciences has 700 undergraduate students pursuing BS degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Sciences and 35 graduate students seeking MS degrees in Biology and Environmental Sciences. The Department currently has over 20 tenure-track faculty. More information on the Biology Department can be found here:
University Demographics

Founded as a Normal School in 1868, Minnesota State University, Mankato is a regional comprehensive university with a tradition of combining big-ideas with real-working thinking to find solutions for pressing problems in the state, region, and global society. Mankato, Minnesota, is a community of nearly 53,000 people, about 85 miles southwest of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Serving more than 18,000 students annually, the University enrolls 13% first generation university/college and 16% students of color. The University is a diverse and global campus with more than 1,300 international students from 90+ countries. In and around Greater Mankato, more than 8% of the population consists of non-native speaking populations. Minnesota State University, Mankato, features cutting-edge information technology solutions, 3 additional locations, and extensive partnerships. With nearly 2,000 faculty and staff, the University has an annual budget of $216 million, and adds $452 million to the Mankato economy.

Noteworthy facts include: specialized accreditation, certification, or recognition, by more than 24 accrediting bodies; designation as a Non-Land Grant College of Agriculture, by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2015; selection among the top 10% of American Association of State Colleges & Universities (AASCU) institutions for the Re-imagining the First Year of College (RFY) project; and an Intercollegiate Athletics program that has ranked in the top 5 nationally within the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings for 7 of the last 10 years.

We seek to attract teaching and research-active, culturally and academically diverse faculty members, with a demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. Minnesota State University, Mankato, is student-centered and focuses on applied research that expands knowledge; improves learning; and serves the region, state, and nation.

Additional information about Minnesota State Mankato can be found at

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website, through the green "Apply" button at the top of the job posting page. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for three(3) references
  • Unofficial Transcript(s) of candidate's relevant graduate degree(s)
  • Cover Letter
  • A brief (no more than one-page) diversity statement presenting a commitment to or experience working in an equity-minded environment
  • A one (1) page statement of your teaching philosophy
  • A one (1) page statement of your research/scholarly interests
Dr. Beth Lavoie, Chair,
Search Screening Committee
Department of Biological Sciences
242 Trafton Science Center South
Phone: 507-389-5499
TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization which can be found at:

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