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Assistant Professor of Biology (Neurobiology)

California Lutheran University

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Posting Details
Position Information


Position Title Assistant Professor of Biology (Neurobiology)
Position Category Faculty
FLSA Exempt
Position Status Tenure-Track
FTE .75
Location Thousand Oaks
University Background
Cal Lutheran is a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and McNair Institution, and we are looking for candidates with a demonstrated commitment to and success working in diverse, multi- cultural and multi-racial communities, particularly in mentoring African American, Latinx, and Native American students. Cal Lutheran encourages applicants from all faiths or none, and advocates for justice and fairness for all people. We are an accredited, private, comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The Thousand Oaks campus is located midway between Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and is home to more than 2,500 undergraduate and 1,110 graduate students who come from 59 countries and represent a variety of faiths. 52% of Cal Lutheran students are from underrepresented groups, and 40% of freshmen are first generation students. Cal Lutheran Faculty are 29% people of color. The mission of the University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.
The Biology Department at Cal Lutheran has excellent resources for engaging students in the process of scientific discovery. Cal Lutheran has recently built a new, 47,000 square foot joint-sciences building with dedicated research space. We offer an inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes active learning in small class sizes in order to provide students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in elite graduate programs and prepare for careers in industry or academia.
Basic Function
Under the direction of the Dean and Department Chair, the Assistant Professor is responsible for providing academic instruction to students for undergraduate Biology courses. The Assistant Professor is to serve as an academic advisor to students; contribute to department and university activities; serve on faculty or university committees; engage in scholarship involving undergraduate mentees.
The Assistant Professor will have a Ph.D. in Biology or a related field and provide evidence of excellence in teaching, as well as a strong commitment to developing a research program involving undergraduate students. It is essential that interested candidates possess the ability or potential to teach, advise, and mentor undergraduate students, particularly those from diverse and underserved backgrounds. Preference will be given to candidates who can serve as role models for students from traditionally underrepresented populations. Postdoctoral research in Neurobiology and experience in collaborative grant writing are also highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to develop and teach lecture and laboratory courses in Introductory Biology, Neurobiology, and others. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop additional elective course offerings that align with their area of expertise. Candidates that are motivated to develop undergraduate laboratory classes that involve genuine research experiences conducted over the course of a semester (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences – CURES) are strongly encouraged to apply.
Representative Duties
    • The assistant professor will teach 24 units of coursework per year (lecture and laboratory courses). The courses will be a combination of introductory biology lectures and laboratories and upper-level courses in Neurobiology and other subjects as determined by the faculty member and the department. E
    • Within that context, the expectation is to create creative assignments and activities in one-on-one and classroom instructional settings to foster hands-on, active learning in students that will develop their expertise in the subject matter. E
    • Maintain an active research program that involves mentoring undergraduate collaborators. E
    • Observe and evaluate student performance in meeting course objectives and student learning outcomes through assignments, projects, discussions, and examinations; provide feedback promptly to student inquiries in class, online, or during established consultation office hours. E
    • Maintain current, accurate records of course enrollment, attendance, student academic progress, course curriculum; prepare and submit grades, data, and reports related to the course and student progress promptly. E
    • Provide a course syllabus to students in each class within the first week of the class, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
    • Adhere to the responsibilities related to teaching, advising, service, and scholarly, professional, and creative activities, as outlined in the faculty handbook. E
    • Attend and participate in department meetings and participate in College and/or University committees. E
    • Evening and weekend hours may be required. E
    • Perform related duties as assigned. E


E=Essential Duties
Knowledge Of
• Current theory and practice within the subject discipline
• Principles and best practices of effective teaching
• Student learning outcomes and methods of assessment
• University curricula
• Community and campus resources, services, programs, and professionals available to students
• Methods of gathering, analyzing, and preparing data
• Modern computing technology
• Record keeping techniques with regard to student enrollment, attendance, and progress
Ability To
• Demonstrate a thorough and accurate knowledge in the subject field or discipline
• Deliver course curricula in various learning styles
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, social, economic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of University students.
• Exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the needs of students with disabilities.
• Integrate current and emerging instructional delivery technologies into the learning process to enhance teaching and the educational experience
• Maintain professional standards that protect student confidentiality
• Work constructively with their colleagues and to treat faculty, staff, administrators, and students with respect and professionalism
• Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing using tact, patience, and courtesy
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt effective courses of action
• Demonstrate commitment to professional excellence and continuous growth within subject field or discipline
• Competence in instruction as well as scholarship in his or her field.
• Satisfactorily fulfill the duties and responsibilities of a faculty member and for making significant contributions to the University community.
• The potential to establish a strong undergraduate research program as demonstrated by research publications and presentations at national disciplinary conferences.
• Interest in writing grants to obtain extramural funding.
Minimum Qualifications
Possession of an appropriate earned doctorate in Biology or a related field from a graduate institution of recognized standing or accomplishments that are considered equivalent, such as outstanding performance in the creative arts or in the business or medical community. 
ABD will be considered.
Preferred Qualifications
• Experience in postdoctoral research of a high caliber
• Experience in teaching at the undergraduate or graduate levels
Licenses and other requirements
Working Environment
Indoor classroom environment; subject to visiting a variety of classroom sites on campus.

Posting Detail Information


Posting Number Faculty000912020
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date 08/19/2024
Position End Date  
Open Date 08/01/2023
Close Date 09/29/2023
Open Until Filled No
Application Procedure/Special Instructions  
California Lutheran University is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment for all persons, regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by applicable law. No person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any program, activity or facility of the University on the basis of these factors in a manner consistent with applicable federal and state laws, regulations, ordinances, orders and rules, and University’s policies, procedures, and processes.
Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process can be provided to individuals with qualifying disabilities. Please contact the Human Resources Department for further information or to request an accommodation.

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