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Become A Biology Faculty Member

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Working As A Biology Faculty Member

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others
  • Getting Information
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $75,320

    Average Salary

What Does A Biology Faculty Member Do At City Colleges of Chicago

* You must demonstrate excellent in teaching, commitment to integrating new technologies in the learning process and the ability to inspire, motivate and empower students to succeed.
* Design courses to meet learning outcomes, and promote students’ active participation in their own learning.
* You are required to post your syllabi on Blackboard and to enter your final grades online in PeopleSoft.
* Create an effective learning environment that fosters students’ intellectual curiosity and helps students to problem solve using discipline-specific thinking strategies.
* Maintain office hours.
* Contribute to and provide leadership in the student’s academic and professional communities, and promote collaboration and teamwork among members of these communities.
* Master's Degree in Biology, Medical Sciences, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Animal Sciences, Environmental Biology, Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology, or an MD degree.
* Previous teaching experience is preferred.
* We prefer candidates with knowledge of the Blackboard Learning

What Does A Biology Faculty Member Do At George Washington University

* Tenured/tenure-track appointments will be made in one of the School’s departments at a rank (Assistant/Associate/Full Professor) and salary commensurate with experience, publication record, and potential to maintain an externally-funded research program.
* Successful candidates will also receive a competitive start-up package and will participate in the teaching mission of their department

What Does A Biology Faculty Member Do At Santa Rosa Junior College

* Adjunct faculty are responsible for maintaining currency in their field(s) of expertise.
* Adjunct faculty focus primarily on providing instruction and/or student services.
* They may be required to participate in student learning outcomes assessment.
* Adjunct faculty are typically not required to participate in District or Department Service such as committee work, evaluations, and hiring committees, but may be asked to perform these services for additional compensation

What Does A Biology Faculty Member Do At Western Washington University

Teach assigned courses and/or labs

What Does A Biology Faculty Member Do At City Colleges of Chicago

* Design course syllabi to meet learning outcomes, and promote students’ active participation in their own learning.
* Create an effective learning environment that fosters students’ intellectual curiosity and helps students to problem solve using discipline-specific thinking strategies.
* Employ a variety of assessments to ensure that classroom instruction leads to attaining student learning outcomes.
* Help students reach their academic and career goals conveying confidence in every student’s ability to learn.
* Contribute to the academic and professional communities, and promote collaboration and teamwork among members of these communities.
* Master's degree in Biology or related discipline
* Demonstrate teaching competence in a variety of biology courses
* Community college teaching experience, preferred
* Experience developing laboratory-based general biology courses
* Knowledge of the Blackboard Learning Management System
* Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate with diverse group of staff and students
* We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer

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How To Become A Biology Faculty Member

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Biology Faculty Member Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    53.6%
  • Male

    44.0%
  • Unknown

    2.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    70.6%
  • Asian

    12.6%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.9%
  • Unknown

    3.4%
  • Black or African American

    1.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    54.5%
  • Italian

    18.2%
  • Hmong

    9.1%
  • Portuguese

    9.1%
  • Akan

    9.1%
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Top Skills for A Biology Faculty Member

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Top Biology Faculty Member Skills

  1. Biology Laboratories
  2. Anatomy
  3. Physiology II
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed the Hybrid Microbiology course in which lecture is online and lab is face-to-face.
  • Instructed two semesters worth of Introductory Biology for majors over an intensive 12 week summer session.
  • Planned and conducted botany, ecology, and biochemistry education programs for the college student.
  • Teach and train non-majors students in the field of environmental issues and human biology.
  • Awarded University research scholarship during the commencement of my research for the PhD program.

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