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Department of Biological Sciences

Positions Available

Position in Biology Education Research


The Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in Biology Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER). Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vibrant, extramurally funded DBER research program in any area of biology education research. We are especially interested in a focus on scholarship of teaching and learning, learner-centered teaching strategies, and evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practices. This position is part of an anticipated series of new DBER faculty positions in the sciences. Candidates will have a PhD in an appropriate field of biology, research experience in teaching and learning at the university level, and postdoctoral experience is preferred. This person will be responsible for teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels, in courses appropriate to his/her expertise.

Applications should be emailed in PDF format to, Peggy Breeland, Administrative Coordinator, Biology Education Research Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208; ( Applications should include a curriculum vitae and a statement (4 page max) describing research accomplishments, future DBER research plans, teaching interests, and teaching philosophy. Applicants should arrange to have at least three letters of reference sent to the committee and provide a list of the names, mail and email addresses, and phone numbers for those referees. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of South Carolina’s main campus is located in the state capital, close to mountains and coast. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has designated the University as one of only 40 public institutions with “very high research activity”. The Carnegie Foundation also lists USC as having strong community engagement. The University has over 33,000 students on the main campus, more than 300 degree programs, and a nationally-ranked library system that includes one of the nation’s largest public film archives. Columbia, the capital of South Carolina, is the center of an increasingly sophisticated greater metropolitan area with a population of over 800,000.

The Department of Biological Sciences ( is a multidisciplinary unit of approximately 1,600 Undergraduate Students, 45 Graduate Students, 15 Postdoctoral Associates, and 42 Faculty representing a broad range of research areas, including Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cancer Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Plant Sciences and Neuroscience.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

PDF icon DBER Biology Job Ad 2016.pdf