Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
14 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2016
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time



Title Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology School Faculty of Arts and Sciences Department/Area OEB Position Description

We seek applications for a Preceptor in the life sciences who will primarily have responsibility for Life Sciences 1b, a large introductory course for undergraduates that integrates genetics, genomics, and evolution. The appointment is expected to begin as soon as possible. The preceptor will be responsible for designing and supervising the laboratory and discussion section components of the course; working with faculty to prepare assessments of student learning; supervising and training a staff of approximately 30 teaching fellows, as well as a team of undergraduates who run weekly help sessions; acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support group; maintaining grade books; and overseeing teaching fellow grading policies. Additionally, the Preceptor will be expected to contribute to other curricular activities in the life sciences, and coordinate with faculty to develop other innovative teaching materials.
The preceptorship, reporting to the faculty instructors of the course, is a non-ladder teaching position. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate in a Life Sciences field with demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate students in science.

Additional Qualifications

Proven expertise in genetics, evolution, and/or molecular biology. Superior organizational, written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to lead and train teaching fellows and to manage relationships with hundreds of undergraduate students. Experience in designing problem sets and laboratory exercises strongly preferred.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIES portal (

1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Names and contact information of three to five references (three letters of recommendation are required, and the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted)

Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Contact Information

Damari Rosado
26 Oxford Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter

Optional Documents

  1. Statement of Teaching Philosophy