Undergraduate Teaching Careers
This section provides links to information and advice,
fuding sources, and job listings for positions where teaching
is a major responsibility. Such positions are typically found
at small colleges, universities, and junior colleges. At some
small colleges/universities, the professor is expected to establish
a small research program, involve undergraduates in the research,
and sometimes obtain outside funding. Links to information and
advice, funding sources, and job listings.
Information and Advice:
How to get a teaching
job at a primarily undergraduate institution. Download in
PDF from list of several articles. Excellent essay by Malcolm
Campbell discussing the ins and outs of landing the teaching-oriented
professorship. Includes discussion of applications, interviews,
and job offers.
in Physiology at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions. Essay
by David Bruce.
at a small institution: Not as different as you think. From
Women in Cell Biology.
and Teaching at a Liberal Arts College. Essay by and interview
with Yolanda Cruz, associate professor at Oberlin College. From
the American Society for
Cell Biology newsletter archives.
at Four-Year Colleges Strive for Research Quality. Informative
article from The Scientist
(Oct 97) about life as a professor at the small, teaching university.
Includes interviews with several small college professors and
describes the challenges of doing research at these institutions.
Also has some useful links for getting research funding for use
at small colleges.
Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering.
This book is designed "to help you prepare for, find, and
succeed at an academic career in science and engineering."
Includes chapters on research and teaching preparation for professorships,
how to get a faculty position, and insights on the tenure process.
A sample chapter can be found at the web site.
A Tenure Horror Story. Physicist
James Grigsby's cautionary tale of how he was denied tenure at
a small liberal arts college. Perhaps reading this story could
help you avoid a similar fate.
& A: Teaching At a Liberal Arts College. A professor of
biology at a small liberal arts college answers questions about
careers in undergraduate teaching. From Science
Magazine's NextWave (July 97).
the Transition from Graduate School to Teaching. Essay by
an assistant professor of biology at a liberal arts college examines
the myths of college teaching careers. From Science
Magazine's NextWave (Nov 96).
Some Adjunct Faculty Members, the Tenure Track Holds Little Appeal.
Article extolling the joys of adjunct (non-tenured, part-time)
teaching. From The Chronicle
of Higher Education's Career Network (Aug 98).
Network. The on-line job listings of Science
in and out of Academe. The Chronicle
of Higher Education's job ads. Lots of teaching-oriented positions
mostly in the U.S. Not restricted to science positions. Searchable.
Available." On-line job openings from Cell.
Tends to be list mainly research-oriented positions, but some
small colleges do advertise here. Searchable.
Academic Position Network.
Database of academic positions primarily from around the U.S.
Not limited to science lisitings. Searchable.
Grants for Undergraduate Science Education.
Science Foundation Research in Undergraduate Institutions Grants
Enhancement Research Awards.
Enhancement Research Awards Program.
Council on Undergraduate
National Conferences on Undergraduate
International Alliance on Teacher
Journal on Excellence
in College Teaching.
Last updated on September 21, 2000.
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