Biology (2021-101)

  • San Marcos
  • San Marcos, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Part Time Education and Training

Job Description

BIOL 389 - Freshwater Biology

Semester: Fall 2020
College: College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Department/Program: Biology

The Department of Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos seeks a part-time lecturer for Fall 2020 to teach Biol 389, Freshwater Biology. This is a lecture class that has an optional accompanying lab, Biol 387L (Aquatic Ecology Lab). Both will be taught online. The class is scheduled to meet MW 2:30 - 3:45, but the decision to meet with students at this time (synchronous instruction) or instead to allow the students to complete classwork on their own schedule (asynchronous instruction) will be left to the instructor. Biol 389 and Biol 387L are upper-division undergraduate elective classes in the Biology major. Applicants are encouraged to apply for both lecture and lab components of the class. The catalog description for Biol 389 is:

BIOL 389 - Freshwater Biology

Units: 3

Introduction to the physical, chemical and biological processes in freshwater systems, including headwaters, streams, rivers, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and vernal pools. Topics include biogeochemical cycling, controls on production, evolutionary selection, community patterns, population dynamics, and food web structure. Significant species in the open water and attached communities will be discussed regarding composition, environmental factors and role. Analyzes the impacts of using freshwaters for drinking water, irrigation, recreation, transportation, flood control, and power generation. Field trip(s) during or outside of class (including weekends) may be required.

The prerequisites for this class are a one year introductory Biology series, Biol 210 and Biol 211.

Minimum Qualifications:

MS in Biology or relevant field and experience teaching at the college level for at least one semester
Demonstrated requisite knowledge of anatomy and physiology

Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Biology or equivalent with demonstrated research expertise in comparative aquatic ecology
Experience teaching classes to biology majors
Experience teaching comparative aquatic ecology
Ability to cover both Biol 387L and Biol 389
Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated commitment to diversity and/or intercultural competence with diverse groups in relation to teaching.


To apply, please submit the following to

A completed faculty application
Curriculum vita
Three current references
Letter of interest
Optional survey

Timeline: A review of applications will begin on 7/10/20; however, the position will remain open until filled.

The University is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.

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 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment. An offer of employment is contingent upon execution of an Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect form. Signing the form is a prerequisite to employment and failure to sign will result in any offer of employment being withdrawn.

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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