Academic Administrator
University of California Los Angeles
United States

Academic Administrator - Director of Undergraduate Research & Curriculum Development

Job #JPF05331

Recruitment Period

Open March 1st, 2020 through Monday, Apr 13, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


Director of Undergraduate Research & Curriculum Development for the Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics Department

Overview of the Position:

The Director of Undergraduate Research & Curriculum Development will be an expert in the design and implementation of undergraduate microbiology curricula, including Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs). They will serve as senior director and administrator of the Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) Undergraduate Research Laboratories, as well as working with faculty to design, implement, and evaluate innovative and inclusive instructional strategies for microbiology courses.

The Director will be responsible for overseeing and teaching in the Competency-Based Research Laboratory Curriculum, which includes the Path 1 Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) and Path 2 Scientific Analysis and Communication courses for students pursing independent research experiences. For the Path 1 CUREs, the director will be responsible for developing new undergraduate research modules that reflect the research interests of the department and current developments in the field.

Responsibilities also include the development of pedagogical resources in collaboration with graduate student teaching assistants, postdoctoral teaching fellows, and faculty to support their adoption of inclusive and innovative instructional strategies. The Director is also expected to be active in Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) related to the microbiology curriculum, and to participate in professional development and service activities related to the advancement of teaching and learning in the life sciences.

Direction and administration of the MIMG Undergraduate Research Laboratories.

• Managing and training a team that includes Academic Administrators and/or lecturers, non-academic laboratory support staff, graduate student and non-graduate student teaching assistants, and undergraduate assistants.

• Planning, scheduling, staffing, and budgeting for five undergraduate laboratory courses: Research Immersion Laboratory in Microbiology (MIMG109AL), Advanced Research Analysis in Microbiology (MIMG109BL), Research Immersion Laboratory in Virology (MIMG103AL), Advanced Research Analysis in Virology (MIMG103BL), and Microbiology Laboratory for Professional Schools (MIMG100L).

• Directing the Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) courses in which students participate in all aspects of the scientific process, from sample collection through preparation of data for publication. Activities span two consecutive quarters with each Research Immersion Lab (AL) followed by an Advanced Research Analysis course (BL). The first course offers hands-on experience collecting data, analyzing preliminary results, and reading the scientific literature, while the second course emphasizes rigorous quantitative and computational analysis of data, oral presentation and discussion of research ideas, and written documentation of research accomplishments.

o Determining broad research goals and developing laboratory course content.
o Implementing and evaluating changes to laboratory course content, instructional technology, or related instructional development.
o Coordinating with MIMG faculty and collaborating with other department faculty, and on-campus and off-campus entities to develop research projects.
o Publishing student generated datasets to publicly available databases and co-authoring scientific articles with undergraduates.
o Managing day-to-day administration of MIMG laboratory courses, websites, and databases.

• Collaborating with faculty in the refinement of the curriculum for the Scientific Analysis and Communication courses required for students pursing independent research experiences (Path 2).

Instruction and Curriculum Development.
• Providing curriculum development and instruction for the MIMG Department for the following courses as needed:

o Medical Microbiology for Nursing Students (MIMG10)
o Research Immersion Laboratory in Microbiology (MIMG109AL)
o Advanced Research Analysis in Microbiology (MIMG109BL)
o Research Immersion Laboratory in Virology (MIMG103AL)
o Advanced Research Analysis in Virology (MIMG103BL)
o Microbiology Laboratory for Professional Schools (MIMG100L)
o Introductory Microbiology (MIMG101)
o Scientific Analysis and Communication I (MIMG 180A)
o Scientific Analysis and Communication II (MIMG 180B)

• Preparing and delivering student-centered, inclusive courses that incorporate evidence-based teaching practices, including but not limited to the following:

o oversee the laboratory components of each course, make clear to students the connections to the applications of concepts covered in lectures;
o supervise weekly meetings the teaching assistants (TAs) for each course, and ensure that they incorporate effective teaching practices in laboratories and discussion sections;
o offer a minimum of 2 office hours per course per week;
o provide students regular and timely feedback on all assignments, ensuring TAs do the same;
o and submit student grades in accordance with university policy.

• Mentoring graduate or postdoctoral scholars to develop and implement new MIMG 101 course materials guided by the biology education literature, faculty feedback, and evidence-based best practices for promoting learning, diversity, and inclusivity in large enrollment lecture courses.
o Coordinating with the UCLA Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) to identify and recruit graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for mentored Teaching-as-Research projects related to MIMG curricula.

Teaching Assistant and Undergraduate Learning Assistant Training

• Identifying and selecting teaching assistants for MIMG lecture and laboratory courses.
• Directing instruction and training of undergraduate learning/laboratory assistants (ULAs) in coordination with MIMG 192 (Undergraduate Practicum in MIMG)
Scholarship and Service
• Participating in scholarly activities to support the educational experiences of undergraduates in the MIMG Department. Activities fall into, but are not limited to, these two categories: (1) assessment of MIMG courses and (2) advancing personal scholarship of teaching and learning to support curriculum development in these courses. Specific responsibilities include the following:

o Leading the ongoing assessment of the Research Immersion courses and initiating formal assessment of the Introductory Microbiology course. Under guidance of the Vice-Chair for Undergraduate Education, collect data that will provide formative feedback for their continual improvement.
o Identifying and forming partnerships with other education researchers on campus (e.g., researchers in the Center for Educational Assessment and the Graduate School of Education) to collaborate on research projects serving the MIMG Department and the broader campus community.
o Author and serve as Principal Investigator for intramural and extramural funding applications to support curriculum development as well as research projects.
o Engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning by collecting data to aid in the creation and refinement of course materials.
o Disseminate the work of the MIMG Department and the outcomes of the research activities described here by publishing in respected education research journals, submitting course materials to peer-reviewed lesson plan repositories, and presenting regularly at local and national STEM education conferences.

• The Academic Administrator will serve both the campus community and the broader education research community. Specific examples of academic service include the following:
o Represent the Department to coordinate with other University initiatives regarding the success of Life Science students, the use of active learning strategies, and the promotion of diversity and inclusivity.
o Participate in faculty committees responsible for curriculum oversight and course development.
o Actively participate in Department and Division efforts to promote best-practices in teaching. This will include participating in professional development workshops and institutes, leading or helping to organize and facilitate faculty or TA workshops about effective pedagogy or assessment, participating in professional learning community activities such as weekly journal clubs supported by our Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS).
o Attend national conferences and workshops to represent UCLA as a change agent for teaching and learning in higher education.

Strongly Preferred: Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences, with specific depth and breadth in the microbial sciences; demonstrated experience as instructor in Microbiology laboratory and lecture courses, with topics that include bacteriology, virology, molecular genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, microbial ecology and evolution; knowledge of relevant Environmental Health & Safety policies (i.e. biohazardous waste management, etc.).

Must have demonstrated experience in undergraduate teaching at the university level and experience with laboratory instruction in the biological sciences. Demonstrated ability to engage university faculty in activities surrounding teaching. Demonstrated ability to develop, evaluate, and improve instructional materials and experimental protocols, establish procedures and methods that accommodate laboratory experiment needs, and to work effectively with faculty to develop cutting-edge, research-based, undergraduate laboratory courses. Demonstrated ability to conduct experiments, make in-progress modifications of procedures, evaluate and interpret data, including experience in formal assessment of learning outcomes. Ability to use computer software required for large experimental data analysis related to genome annotation, comparative genomics, and comparative microbial ecology. Ability to administer teaching laboratories which includes working with instructional laboratory staff to acquire, prepare, and distribute supplies for course experiments, organizing instructional materials for courses, supervising student work in the laboratory setting, regularly meeting with and overseeing teaching assistants, coordinating activities for discussion sections, and maintaining regular office hours. Ability to hire, train, direct and evaluate laboratory staff and teaching assistants.

Application should be submitted to:

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.

University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws.

The Department is Particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from a diverse background and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students or The (School) at UCLA is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff and student body as it responds to the changing population and education needs of California and the nation.


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - 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 letters of reference required

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