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Assistant Professor - Department of Biological Sciences

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Bernardino - San Bernardino Campus
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Health Sciences



California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) is located in San Bernardino in the Inland Empire, 60 miles east of Los Angeles and operates a satellite campus in Palm Desert located in Coachella Valley. CSUSB serves approximately 20,000 students, of which 81% are first-generation college students and graduates about 5,000 students annually. As a designated Hispanic Serving Institution, CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has one of the most diverse student populations of any university in the Inland Empire, and the second highest Hispanic enrollment of all public universities in California. CSUSB employs 467 full-time faculty and offers 48 undergraduate, 35 graduate, and one doctoral degree programs and 14 academic programs with national accreditation.

At CSUSB, diversity, equity and inclusion are values central to our mission. We recognize that diversity and inclusion in all its forms are necessary for our institutional success. By fully leveraging our diverse experiences, backgrounds and insights, we inspire innovation, challenge the status quo and create better outcomes for our students and community. As part of CSUSB’s commitment to hire, develop and retain a diverse faculty, we offer a variety of networking, mentoring and development programs for our junior faculty. We are committed to building and sustaining a CSUSB community that is supportive and inclusive of all individuals. Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving diverse student populations are strongly encouraged to apply. CSUSB has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes CSUSB’s ongoing commitment to service-learning, a high-impact practice that combines classroom instruction with meaningful volunteer service and correlates strongly to student success.


The Department of Biology at California State University San Bernardino invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Biology with research expertise in evidence-based STEM pedagogy to begin August 2022. CSUSB is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive faculty. Applicants with a commitment to serving a diverse student population in an equitable and inclusive fashion are strongly encouraged to apply, including women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

We are interested in experimental biologists who will be able to design course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) for their own courses as well as in collaboration with current faculty members. The Department of Biology is committed to student success and seeks a colleague who will employ evidence-based methodologies to promote equity and improve learning outcomes in diverse classrooms. The successful candidate will design, teach, and coordinate the one-year introductory biology series for majors (BIOL 2010 and BIOL 2020); this will include working with other faculty and graduate teaching assistants. We also expect opportunities to develop and teach upper division courses in their area of expertise.

The successful candidate will be expected to apply for extramural funding, conduct and publish research in evidence-based best practices for post-secondary STEM education , especially for first generation and underrepresented minority (URM) students,  including student outcomes from CUREs. In addition, the successful candidate will contribute to service and shared governance to the department, college, and university. Candidates must have a Ph.D. in biology or related field; postdoctoral experience is highly desired.


  • A Ph.D. in in biology or related field is required by time of appointment
  • Publication record in evidence-based STEM education
  • Experimental expertise applicable to undergraduate laboratory design
  • Demonstrated training in or experience implementing active learning and project-based university instruction


  • Postdoctoral experience
  • Potential for developing an externally funded research program in STEM education


The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with CSUSB. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Note: CSUSB cannot deny an applicant a position solely or in part due to a criminal conviction history until it has performed an individualized assessment and linked the relevant conviction history with specific job duties in the position being sought.

Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that CSUSB has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to CSUSB or individuals in the university community.

For health and well-being, CSUSB is a smoke & tobacco-free campus. The university is committed to promoting a healthy environment for all members of our community.


The Department of Biology has 17 tenure-track/tenured faculty with a variety of research interests, as well as lecturers and technicians who provide pivotal support. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs. The department has facilities for 3D printing, DNA sequencing, cell culture and stem cell research, animal care, plant growth and a herbarium. In addition, the department has access to the College of Natural Science’s Electron Microscope and Image Analysis Center (EMIAC). To find out more about the Department of Biology, please visit

For more information regarding the position, please contact the search committee chair (Dr. Daniel Nickerson, (909) 537-3671, or the department chair (Dr. Mike Chao, (909) 537-5388,

To find out more about the Department of Biological Sciences


Please submit

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter (limit 2 pages) 
  3. Statement of your teaching interest/philosophy (limit 2 pages)
  4. Statement of your research experience/plans (limit 2 pages)
  5. If available, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as teaching portfolios, reports on teaching observations, and/or student evaluations of teaching.
  6. Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment).
  7. Reference List - names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three (3) referees whom we may contact to obtain letters of recommendation. Confidential letters of recommendation may be solicited from those listed as references on the application if the applicant is moved forward in the recruitment process. 
  8. Diversity Statement, which may include your interpretation of diversity, equity and inclusion, and must include specific examples of how your background and your educational and/or professional experiences have prepared you for this role at California State University, San Bernardino (maximum 1,000 words).

Formal review of applications will begin September 10, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

If you are interested in this opportunity, we invite you to apply by using this CSU Recruit hyperlink at:

Salary is commensurate with experience.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

California State University, San Bernardino is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. This position adheres to CSU policies against Sex Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence, including Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking. This requires completion of Sexual Violence Prevention Training within 6 months of assuming employment and on a two-year basis thereafter. (Executive Order 1096)

This position may be “Designated” under California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This would require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within 6 months of assuming office and every 2 years thereafter. Visit the Human Resources Conflict of Interest webpage link for additional information:

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