Employment Opportunities: Lecturer for the Life Sciences Core Education – LS 495 – Winter 2021


Open date: October 13th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Nov 12, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


Life Sciences Core Education
LS 495

Department of Life Sciences Core Education Lecturer Position Available Winter 2021 Lecturer for LS 495.

Primary role of position: Provide remote instruction in LS 495 pedagogical training course for Life Science graduate teaching assistants (TAs). Duties include the following:
● Lecture 2 hours (synchronous on zoom)
● Hold office hours (remote)
● Plan and coordinate other class activities for the course
● Manage the acquisition, improvement, and posting of course materials on campus LMS
● Supervise/Mentor Graduate Teaching Assistants Consultants (TACs)
● Prepare and submit student grades

LIFE SCIENCE 495: Preparation for College-Level Teaching in the Life Sciences

Course Outline: This TA training course is designed for graduate students who are teaching assistants (TAs) in the Life Sciences Division. This course is to be taken concurrently with the term in which TAs are teaching for the first time in the division. The pedagogical knowledge, instructional methodologies, and peer observation strategies covered in this course are suitable for teaching in large enrollment undergraduate courses with secondary sections overseen by TAs (i.e., discussion sections, laboratory sections, computational laboratory sections). With an emphasis on creating inclusive learning environments for our students, topics in this course include active learning, peer instruction and other collaborative or group activities, reflective teaching models, assessment and course design approaches that promote transparency and equity in the classroom. This course also provides resources to support the lifelong learning and ongoing professional development of graduate students as teachers, scientists, and science communicators. By the end of this course, TAs will have observed and collected a portfolio of instructional materials and approaches to apply in their own courses as a TA and in their future careers. TAs also leave with knowledge about the literature supporting the merits of student-centered teaching practices as a means to promote the academic success and persistence of all UCLA undergraduate students.

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in the Life Sciences with a strong interest in teaching and background in educational and/or curriculum development; demonstrated experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching at the university level. Online teaching experience is preferred, but not required.

Application Instructions: To apply, candidates should submit a 1-2 page cover letter expressing their interest in the position, curriculum vitae, a two-page teaching statement, a one-page diversity statement, and the names and contact information for three professional references online to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF05924 by November 11, 2020.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


Los Angeles, CA


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching – Two-page teaching statement.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – One-page diversity statement. An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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