MSU’s W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) seeks individuals to provide on-site course instruction during the summer session in a variety of basic and advanced topics related to biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, natural resources, and statistics.
Depending upon the need each year, instructors may be hired to teach topics such as: Populations & Organisms Lab, Statistics for Ecologists, Ecology & Lab, and special topics short-courses focused on advanced modeling and statistical techniques in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Summer courses at KBS typically run from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. each meeting day, which allows for field-based activities and instruction, project-based activities, site visits, and course-related research.
Teaching assignments will typically occur in 5-week sessions where you will be required to teach 2-3 days per week, or in 1-2 week intensive sessions where you will be required to teach M-F.
The review of applications is ongoing and continuous. Please note that positions vary widely with respect to duration and day(s)/week commitment. Salary is based on prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
Key Responsibilities include:
Preparing course materials and syllabi, building on existing courses
Managing and grading all assignments
Following university, department, and course policies and guidelines
Attending training and summer session meetings to ensure the operation and safety of field-based courses
Being available to students for professional guidance (informal advising)
Advanced degree in biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, natural resources or a related field. Master’s is required for Assistant Inst/Instructor rank. A valid driver’s license and background check are required.
The successful candidate must also have designed and carried out field-based research projects (or specialize in statistically analyzing/modeling field data) and have teaching experience in a formal (e.g., university) or informal setting (professional workshops/trainings).
Active involvement in field-based research as evidenced by a position within the last 12 months; a broad understanding of biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, natural resources, and statistics; experience teaching biology, ecology, evolutionary biology, natural resources, and/or statistical concepts. A love of outdoor activities and a positive attitude are essential. The ability to swim and canoe/kayak, and CPR certification are a plus.
Required Application Materials
A Cover letter that includes a description of your research and teaching experience and indicates the courses you are most interested in teaching.
References upon request
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