The Department of Biology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Health Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Rider University is seeking candidates for a full-time (10 month academic year) non-tenure-track appointment as Lecturer in Biology. The initial appointment will be for three years subject to annual performance evaluation and is renewable based on performance and program need.
Responsibilities of the Lecturer include teaching and service. Teaching responsibilities entail 12 contact hours (4 classes and/or labs) per semester, and will primarily focus on delivery, development and maintenance and academic assessment of our introductory biology curriculum. Service responsibilities primarily focus on student academic advising, but may also include other opportunities within the department, college or university.
Candidates should have Master’s-level or higher degree in a biological science and a strong record in undergraduate education, pedagogy and/or academic assessment.. A PhD or other terminal degree is preferred. Candidates with an interest in STEM pedagogy research are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Rider University community is composed of faculty, staff and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. Candidates with a demonstrated commitment supportive of the multicultural needs of Rider University and the surrounding community are highly desired.
Please apply to position no. 316002 at http://rider.peopleadmin.com/postings/4899. Applications should include a cover letter with statements of teaching proficiency, curriculum vitae, and three professional letters of reference. Review of applications will begin immediately.
Rider University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated to excellence through diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicap/disability, Vietnam-era/disabled veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other non-job related criteria.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is a nationally recognized award winning authentic inquiry-based learning and student-centered education project. Students learn how science works by engaging in science research using data from a NASA spacecraft orbiting Mars. Students understand how science really works by actually being a scientist.
The Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP) is an immersive and transformational way for students in grades 5 through early college to engage in scientific process and practices through authentic research experiences. MSIP enhances the teaching of traditional courses, such as physical science, Earth science, chemistry, and biology. MSIP also incorporates 21st Century Skills to help students be ready for the STEM workforce.
MSIP can be done through distance learning or as an independent research project. There is no fee to participate in the Mars Student Imaging Project.
You are invited to a free PD session for high school biology teachers and middle school life science teachers at the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 3 (snow date, March 10), 9-12 AM. This PD will include:
If you plan to attend, please register by filling out the form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfR71QugDqdcFbxOP3TEn07uAZDqIvHjgMMAKaw0dCcD8wndg/viewform?usp=sf_link. Please register by Tuesday, February 27. We will provide Act 48 credits to participating teachers.
This PD session will be held in Room 115, Leidy Lab in the Biology Department of the University of Pennsylvania. Leidy Lab is located at 3740 Hamilton Walk. A map is available at https://www.facilities.upenn.edu/maps/locations/leidy-laboratories-biology (for an expanded map and directions, click on View on the Campus Map). Three-hour metered parking is available on Spruce St. and on 38th St. north of Spruce St. If you want to pay to park in one of Penn's lots or parking garages go to http://cms.business-services.upenn.edu/parking/lot-locations-and-daily-rates.html for information.
Happily, she followed up on my observation with an article that she and her collaborators produced in the Feb’17 issue of the NSTA journal Science Scope entitled From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank. Congratulations to Eileen Antonison and her students on successfully developing a STEM design to produce a biofuel from common algae that could replace the more expensive application of corn or soy plants as we do now.
Ms. Antonison is a STEM teacher at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ and an NJSTA Simmons Scholar. Though the generosity of grants and collaboration with two other teachers in the fields of technology and science, her students successfully transformed a common photosynthesis lab into a proper NGSS research investigation.
Among other STEM skills employed, the apps for Google Sketch-up, Python and Raspberry Pi helped the students design the growth chambers for the algae. Real World laboratory conditions with Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a Biosafety One organism, were utilized to regulate growth parameters, arguing further testing from data and generating many group discussion sessions. As often happens with science investigations, an “accident” resulted in an unanticipated outcome when two different fertilizers were inadvertently purchased. These micro-nutrients were tested individually anyway, and then mixed with no expectations of a difference. However, the results showed that they worked best if used together!
Read more about their foray into this exciting research in their article. Hopefully, while we are asking our students to communicate better through the NGSS experience, more teachers will seriously consider writing up their classroom experiences for publication!
From Fish Tank to Fuel Tank is available for download from the NSTA site.
By Linda Burroughs
Vice President / Central Region NJSTA
Science Education Specialist