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Job Title: Assistant Professor, Biology and General Education (Cross Appointment)
Mount Royal University
Requisition #: 997548
Job Type: Permanent
Location: MRU Main Campus - Calgary, AB T3E 6K6 CA
Closing Date: Open Until a Suitable Candidate is Found

Posted December 5, 2017

***The selection committee will begin reviewing applications Wednesday, January 10, 2018, and will continue until shortlisting is complete.***

About MRU

Founded in 1910 and located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Mount Royal University has built a reputation on a strong, liberal education foundation. Our vision is to provide an exceptional undergraduate educational experience for our students.

We are a community of engaged citizens, providing personalized, experiential and outcome-based learning in an environment of inclusion, diversity and respect. Through our focus on teaching and learning informed by scholarship, we are preparing our graduates for success in their careers and lives.

Mount Royal University presently offers 12 four-year baccalaureate degrees with 32 majors, with a view to grow this mix to 15 degrees and 60 majors by 2025. Current degree offerings are unique, and include four-year bachelor degrees in interior design, midwifery, child studies and health and physical education, as well as arts, criminal justice, business administration, communication, computer information systems, education, nursing and science. Mount Royal also offers robust continuing education programming as well as an internationally-renowned music conservatory.

More than 12,000 credit students attend Mount Royal University annually, with more than 90,000 Mount Royal alumni contributing to their communities worldwide.

Our faculty provide a teaching and learning environment that welcomes challenging ideas. Our staff are dedicated to supporting our campus so that students are provided with an exceptional educational experience. Our management team provides leadership throughout the University, and inspires others at all levels to be leaders in their own important sectors.

In support of our students, and in response to our broader community, we know that investing in our employees benefits the University as a whole. Talented and committed employees are the driving force behind student success. Our faculty, staff and management are united in creating a thriving learning environment for our students.

Mount Royal University is an exceptional community focused on our people.

About the Faculty of Science and Technology and the Faculty of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology and the Department of General Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2018, subject to final budgetary approval.

Mount Royal University’s Faculty of Science and Technology offers a four-year Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. Students can pursue majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Environmental Science, General Science, Geology, and Health Science. The Department of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology offers majors in Cellular and Molecular Biology and Health Science, and contributes courses to students working towards a General Science major. The Biology Department is dedicated to providing teaching and laboratory experiences for undergraduate students, including independent research experiences.

The Department of General Education, Faculty of Teaching and Learning is responsible for the development and delivery of the liberal education complement of all Mount Royal University undergraduate degree programs. The Liberal Education requirement normally consists of ten one-semester courses taken from four thematic clusters. The Department of General Education offers required foundational first year courses and a number of upper level courses. In foundation level (first year) courses students explore predisciplinary themes and subjects and are exposed to a range of academic disciplines while developing key undergraduate intellectual capacities.

About the Role

As this will be a cross-appointment, successful candidates will be expected to provide outstanding undergraduate teaching that can contribute to both departments.

Candidates should have a strong background in anatomy and physiology and the successful candidate will develop and teach courses in Biology that relate to their disciplinary expertise such as: anatomy, embryology, physiology, pharmacology, or histology.

Candidates will also be responsible for teaching courses in General Education, Cluster-One: Numeracy and Scientific Literacy. The General Education courses that the successful candidate will teach aim to develop an understanding of the nature and methods of science and mathematics. Thus, it is necessary for the candidate to be able to relate their expertise to scientific topics reaching a broad undergraduate audience and be able to teach fundamental competencies associated with mathematical and quantitative reasoning. The successful candidate will also play a role in the revision and development of curriculum, professional development, research and scholarship, and service. Any prior work in a general education type setting would be an asset.

New faculties are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching/ scholarship/ service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching/ service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching and service only. There is an option to change work patterns after tenure. We are looking to hire a candidate on our Teaching/Scholarship/Service (TSS) work pattern and thus are looking for candidates whose scholarship can be adapted to an undergraduate institution where teaching is the primary focus. The ability to attract external funding, or clear promise thereof, is desirable. Candidates will be assessed on their potential to maintain an on-going research program, suitable to a Mount Royal University context.

Qualifications include a completed Ph.D., relevant undergraduate teaching experience, and evidence of engagement in service relevant to the candidates’ prior experience. Successful candidates will demonstrate a strong understanding of the role of fundamental science and mathematics education in the context of an undergraduate liberal education.

To Apply: Please Visit Our Career Opportunities Page

A complete dossier should be submitted including cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and recent teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence, statement of research interests (including the future role of undergraduate students), and a list of three (3) references.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. After the close date, you can check on the status of your application through your Career Centre. New career opportunities arise frequently and are posted as they become available. Please check back often to view our latest postings on our Career Opportunities page. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Mount Royal University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to fostering diversity as a source of excellence, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome applications from those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, faculty and their scholarship including but not limited to Indigenous Peoples, women, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual or gender identity, ethnic, national or socio-economic background, religion or age.

All job postings are developed jointly by the hiring unit and Human Resources. Human Resources has final authority and approval on all postings. The posting draft should be sent when the requisition within eRecruiter is created.

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