Job openings in the undergraduate neuroscience idp
Associate Director for the Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program
Summary: Under the direction of the Director, the Associate Director will engage in the Life Sciences Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program (uNSIDP), as the Program Manager, in teaching and outreach of the uNSIDP , and as the Program Coordinator in resource development for the program. As the Program Manager for the Life Sciences uNSIDP, the incumbent will design and implement curricular activities intended to broaden awareness among and increase engagement of UCLA undergraduates in diverse neuroscience-related careers. The incumbent will develop/adapt current courses in the area of neuroscience and public outreach. As Program Coordinator for the Life Sciences uNSIDP, the incumbent will coordinate preparation of applications to external funding agencies for programs aimed at increasing inclusive, evidence-based teaching practices shown to be effective in diverse learning environments. The incumbent will also coordinate internal budget requests, annual reports and other review materials. The two roles dovetail in their focus on enhancing the quality of the major through enriching current courses, preparing students for neuroscience careers and coordinating reports that gauge progress on these fronts. Both job responsibilities involve engaging faculty, developing and delivering instructional materials to support student participation, and creating learning communities focused on professional development opportunities that will better prepare UCLA students for the workforce as well as support diverse students in their pursuit of careers related to neuroscience.
The Position: The Associate Director for Professional Development and Student Engagement in the Undergraduate Neuroscience Interdepartmental Program will:
1. Report directly to the Director 2. Independently fulfill job responsibilities pertaining to the instruction in the Life Sciences uNSIDP, including: a. Teach courses during academic year including in the honors program, and in laboratory-based and public outreach courses related to neuroscience, plan and coordinate discussion activities for multiple sections of courses, supervise course teaching assistants, manage the acquisition and maintenance of course materials, develop computer applications for the classroom, supervise student projects and maintain office
b. Work with other instructors and staff to evaluate assessment data and use it to inform improvements to the Life Sciences uNSIDP courses
C. Meet with faculty across the Life Sciences to engage them in co-curricular activities and events and to broaden their knowledge about campus and division resources supporting the professional development of undergraduate in the uNSIDP
3. Assist the Director with the development of grant proposals to create a collaborative community of instructors committed to advancing teaching excellence, assessment, diversity, and scholarship, resulting in the enhancement of student learning experiences in the Life Sciences at UCLA and partnering with nearby community 4. Assist the Director with the coordination of grant-funded project activities, including execution of assessment efforts relating to neuroscience-supportive programs 5. Contribute content to program websites and newsletters 6. Present overview and outcomes of the uNSIDP at educational conferences 7. Assist with publication of scholarly work related to research and teaching in neuroscience
Qualifications: The successful candidate must have a PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or a closely related field, demonstrated experience in undergraduate teaching and mentoring at the university level, and demonstrated ability to engage university faculty in activities surrounding teaching and mentoring. Ability to develop, evaluate and improve instructional materials.
Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to interact effectively in programs and activities involving faculty, staff, and students; possess interpersonal skills to interact effectively with persons of differing social, educational, economic backgrounds; have the ability to be flexible and pay attention to detail while keeping in mind the overall mission of the uNSIDP, College and University.
Application: Applicants should submit their materials on-line to https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03772, including curriculum vitae, cover letter which should include the 1) topics most comfortable/experienced teaching and if relevant, mention specific courses from the UCLA general catalog, 2) written statement of teaching interests and background, 3) written statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service, and 4) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references.
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 & Affirmative Action Policy at: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.