Tenure track teaching faculty position in invertebrate biology at University of Calgary

The Dept. of Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary is hiring a full-time tenure track Instructor in invertebrate biology. Instructors at Calgary are faculty whose primary duty is undergraduate teaching (as distinct from what Calgary calls “professorial-stream” faculty like me, who have heavier research duties). We’re looking for someone with broad training, who can teach both field- and lab-based courses integrating systematics, behavior, ecology, and physiology. Expertise in aquatic inverts would be a plus. The successful candidate would teach a range of courses at both introductory and advanced levels.

You need a Ph.D. in zoology. The ideal candidate would also have post-doctoral experience, teaching experience, and broad knowledge of biological pedagogy.

Application deadline is Apr. 30, 2016. Here’s the full ad, with details of how to apply.

A bit more background info and some personal commentary:

  • The University of Calgary is a big public research university. Something like 31,000 undergrads, 8,000ish grad students. The Dept. of Biological Sciences is the biggest department on campus, we have 55 faculty or so. And before you ask, the department functions well and we all get along fine. 🙂
  • Instructors are one of the real strengths of our department. We have a culture of taking undergraduate teaching seriously, which perhaps makes us a bit unusual among research university biology departments. I think the instructors deserve a lot of credit for creating and maintaining that culture. For instance, our instructors run a lot of pedagogical workshops, which are well-attended by professorial-stream faculty. Many of our Instructors do pedagogical research, often in collaboration with Education faculty. And the faculty all respect each other as colleagues and value each other’s expertise. We’re all faculty, we just have different mixes of duties.
  • The city of Calgary has a lot going for it. It’s 1.2 million people, so has the critical mass to have public transport, nice restaurants downtown, theatre, an international airport, pro sports teams, etc. It’s not the cheapest city, but housing’s not crazy expensive the way it is in Vancouver or Toronto. As an Instructor, you should be able to buy a house (depending on your own financial situation, obviously).
  • If you’re into outdoor pursuits and winter sports, you should run, not walk, to apply. The university is 45 minutes drive from the Canadian Rockies. The nearest downhill skiing is an hour’s drive away, and there are four places within two hour’s drive. You’re spoiled for choice for x-country skiing trails in the surrounding area. There’s an Olympic speed skating oval on campus. You can’t throw a rock without hitting an ice rink. The hiking is great. Summer weather is lovely, never unpleasantly hot. Etc.
  • Canada is a great country. Think of it as basically the US without most of the bits that are off-putting to non-Americans (and many Americans). 🙂 I’m from the US originally, but I’m proud to be a dual US/Canadian citizen now.
  • See Schedule A of the current Collective Agreement for the salary bands associated with different levels of instructor.
  • The position has excellent benefits. Extended health and dental benefits above and beyond what everyone in Canada gets. 18 weeks paid maternity leave. Etc.
  • Priority for hiring goes to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but do not let that discourage you from applying if you’re not a Canadian. I wasn’t a Canadian citizen or permanent resident when I was hired, and I’m not the only person in the department who can say that.
  • We take equity seriously. My departmental colleague Steve Vamosi has just taken a new position in the Faculty of Science Dean’s Office as associate dean for diversity and equity. Everyone who applies will be given full and fair consideration.
  • I’m probably not the best person to field informal inquiries specific to the position–I’m not on the search committee. But I’m happy to field any general questions you have about the department, the university, the city, Canada, etc.

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