Lecturer in Microbiology and Cell Science

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

United States




Title:                           Lecturer


Location:                    Microbiology and Cell Science

                                    University of Florida
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS)
Gainesville, Florida


Salary:                        Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience


Review Date:             For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional materials by 23 February 2020.  The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 12-month non-tenure-accruing position that will be 70% teaching and 30% advising (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) available in the Microbiology and Cell Science Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida.  This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit.  Primary duties will include:

  • To teach face-to-face sections of MCB 3023L and/or MCB 3020L and/or MCB2000L, Microbiology labs, in the Fall, Spring, and Summer A semesters
  • Participate in student advising and contribute to their college success
  • Teach other lecture and lab courses as needed
  • Contribute to the training of GTAs and UTAs
  • Aid in data collection for annual academic assessment report
  • Contribute to improvement of current curriculum and potentially design new lab modules
  • Participate in related teaching/education activities and STEM education research as needed in support of the department’s efforts


In addition, the successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising.  Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the CALS Honors Program, distance education, and international education.




A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Microbiology or a closely related life science discipline is required.  The ideal candidate must have experience in teaching undergraduate level Microbiology classes or a closely related subject. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system.  Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability. 



Postdoctoral experience is desirable. The ideal candidate will have experience with evidence-based teaching approaches, discipline-based education research, and/or other activities in the scholarship of teaching and learning.


Background Information:

The University of Florida (http://www.ufl.edu) is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students.  UF is a member of The Association of American Universities.  The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (http://ifas.ufl.edu) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (http://cals.ufl.edu), the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (http://research.ifas.ufl.edu), the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine (http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu), the Florida Sea Grant program (http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain).  The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus.  IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state.  IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine.  UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work withFloridaA&MUniversity inTallahassee.


Employment Conditions

This position is available as of  March 1st, 2020 and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available.  Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.



Nominations are welcome.  Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:


Please refer to Requisition # 58457

Monika Oli

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

Microbiology and Cell Science

PO Box 110700

Gainesville, FL 32611


Telephone:                              352-392-8434

Electronic Mail:                      moli@ufl.edu


Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to http://apply.interfolio.com/73470 and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Teaching philosophy or statement
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts


Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).


If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.


The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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