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Faculty - Tenure-Track - Biology (Plant Breeding/Horticulture)
Utah Valley University

Date Posted Nov. 18, 2021
Title Faculty - Tenure-Track - Biology (Plant Breeding/Horticulture)
University Utah Valley University
Orem, UT, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
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Faculty - Tenure-Track - Biology (Plant Breeding/Horticulture)

Position Category: Faculty - Tenure Track (FT)


The Department of Biology at Utah Valley University invites applications for an open-rank tenure-track faculty position, to begin in August 2022. We seek an outstanding candidate with a background in Plant breeding, horticulture and/or plant biotechnology. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to effective teaching utilizing inclusive, data-driven pedagogies. Teaching responsibilities for this position include: Plant Biology (BOT 3340), various horticulture courses, and development of a plant breeding course. Responsibilities also include teaching undergraduate core courses which may consist of: General Biology (BIOL 1010) and/or College Biology I (BIOL 1610). Additionally, candidates may be asked to teach other courses as needed by the department and may develop new courses within their area of expertise. Applicants with experience and interest in teaching hybrid and/or online instruction are especially encouraged to apply.

In addition, the candidate should demonstrate their ability to establish an active and welcoming research program that centers around the mentoring of diverse undergraduates and leads to peer-reviewed publications. Possible research areas include, but are not limited to, plant breeding systems, plant biotechnology, and/or agronomic or horticultural practices. The successful candidate is expected to enhance and complement existing expertise in the Department of Biology. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a willingness to engage in professional development, collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to promote the university's mission and values, and serve on department, college, and university committees as fitting a tenure-track position. UVU is committed to preparing all students for success in an increasingly complex, diverse, and globalized society. We value and promote collegial relationships and mutual respect among students, faculty, staff, and the community. We acknowledge and seek to address the needs of populations who are underserved as well as students with varying levels of academic preparation. As such, we welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds who are eager to help construct and maintain a culture of inclusion within biology education and research, and who act with a resolute commitment to eliminate barriers to college access, success, and completion. UVU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access employer. Utah Valley University is the largest public university in the state of Utah with over 40,000 undergraduate students, and one of a few in the US offering a dual-mission model that combines the rigor and richness of a first-rate teaching university with the openness and vocational programs of a community college. As an open-enrollment institution, UVU serves a diverse population that includes many working, non-traditional (24+ years old), and first-generation students. UVU is located in Orem, Utah, at the foot of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains about 40 miles south of Salt Lake City. UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate in plant breeding/horticulture or related biological discipline.
  • Evidence of experience teaching botany and/or plant science to undergraduate students.
  • ABD applications will be considered if doctorate verification is received by May 31st, 2021.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience and/or training in inclusive teaching and mentoring practices
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of plant breeding and horticulture/ plant biotechnology and research methods in the field of expertise including horticultural practices.
  • A record of incorporating evidence-based pedagogy, such as active-learning techniques, and innovative use of instructional technology in the classroom.
  • A record of curricular development, effective verbal and written communication, and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students.
  • The ability, desire, and skills to mentor undergraduate student research.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of active learning pedagogies and an established record of incorporation of those techniques in the classroom (especially in horticulture related courses).
  • Experience or strategies for teaching at open-enrollment institutions.
  • Publication record that indicates successful use of field expertise in plant breeding and horticultural practices and mentorship of undergraduates.
  • Experience in, and/or commitment to, hybrid and online instruction.

Physical Requirements:

Ability to function effectively in classroom and laboratory environments.

Benefits Summary:

UVU offers an excellent benefits package which includes a generous leave policy, 12 paid holidays, affordable medical and dental insurance options, life and AD&D insurance, tuition waiver (undergraduate resident) for employee and dependents and substantial employer contribution to a retirement plan.

FLSA: Exempt

Pay Range: DOQ

Advertisement Number: FAC19321

Open Date: 10/15/2021

Review Start Date: 11/15/2021

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions to Applicant: Reference letters are not required. Instead please provide a list of 3-5 references who may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process for a verbal exchange and/or a letter of recommendation.

Must include a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement uploaded as Other document #1. The statement should describe the candidates contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, their understanding of these topics, and specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at UVU.

Required research statement should include a plan for a research program incorporating undergraduates and addresses the feasibility of that research program at a primarily undergraduate institution.

Required Teaching Philosophy is encouraged to include evidence for teaching effectiveness based on your philosophy.

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