Assistant Professor of Teaching in Disease Biology
University of California Davis, Department of Pathology
United States


Open Position: Assistant Professor of Teaching in Disease Biology
An academic year (9-month) Assistant Professor of Teaching (formerly known as Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, or LPSOE) position is available in the Department of Plant Pathology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences with a focus on epidemiology and disease ecology. Expertise in plant pathology or a related discipline is required. Competitive applicants will also have interest and competency to support teaching and research in the broader context of One Health, including plant, animal and human systems. The appointee will be expected to carry out high quality and innovative teaching in these areas and consistent with the broad goals of the department. The appointee will be required to teach up to five undergraduate courses per year in departmental undergraduate curricula as assigned by the department chair. Teaching assignments will be based on enrollment, scope (classroom, field, laboratory), and needs of the unit as well as career stage of the appointee.

The appointee will be responsible for teaching at the undergraduate level in courses supporting the Department of Plant Pathology ( and the Global Disease Biology major ( Specifically, the appointee will play a key role in the Global Disease Biology (GDB) major through instruction in the core classes GDB 101, Epidemiology (4 units), and GDB/VME 158, Disease Ecology (3 units), as well as the elective course PLP 120, Introduction to Plant Pathology (4 units). Additional courses will be assigned based on the candidate’s area of expertise and departmental need, and include: GDB 90, Introduction to Global Disease Biology (1 unit); GDB 102, Disease Intervention and Policy (4 units); GDB 103, The Microbiome of People, Animals and Plants (3 units); GDB 187, Global Disease Biology Seminar (3 units); SAS 2/2V, Feeding the Planet (3 units); and SAS 13, Disease and Society (3 units). The appointee will also work with individual students as part of the GDB research practicum (GDB 189), which provides research experience for undergraduates outside of the classroom (including field, laboratory, and/or computational analyses).

The appointee will develop a post-secondary educational or pedagogical research program as it relates to disease biology, epidemiology, plant pathology, phytobiomics, or a related discipline. They will have a leadership role in the scholarship of teaching and learning, working with Plant Pathology, Global Disease Biology and other faculty at UC Davis to develop, implement and assess new pedagogical initiatives. Examples of activities within such a research program include, but are not limited to, assessing and improving existing PLP and GDB courses and identifying needs for new courses or new types of course material delivery; mentoring students to enhance their communication and public engagement skills; formulating and evaluating learning outcomes; advancing health literacy; quantifying the efficacy of cross-disciplinary majors such as GDB in guiding students towards health- and disease-related fields and careers, including plant pathology. The appointee will also be expected to demonstrate continued professional growth and contribute to the university mission through service activities including student advising.

Availability of Space and Resources
Office space will be provided by the Department of Plant Pathology in Hutchison Hall on the UC Davis central campus. Assistance in research grant management and human resources services will be provided by Phoenix Cluster accounting and other personnel. Campus teaching resources are available, such as the Center for Educational Effectiveness (

Basic Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent in the field of plant pathology, epidemiology, ecology, microbiology, phytobiomics, or related fields. Must have Ph.D. at time of appointment.
  • Post-graduate experience preferred but not required.
  • Background in disease biology and a record of effective and innovative teaching in epidemiology, plant pathology, disease ecology, microbiology, phytobiomics, or related fields.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary research or teaching.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and/or interest in developing new educational programs and initiatives.
  • Interest in pedagogical and program development research, with potential for or experience in conducting scholarly evaluation of teaching and learning and pedagogical research in disease biology.
  • Experience and/or interest in mentoring undergraduates and teaching assistant training and mentoring.
  • Evidence of appropriate professional achievement and activities, including traditional or electronic publications and/or other creative activities appropriate to the discipline.
  • Evidence of securing or of the potential to secure competitive funding (federal, state, other).
  • Evidence of engagement and participation in organizations or other activities to demonstrate professional competence.
  • Demonstrated interest in building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment. Interest, understanding, and commitment to contributing to diversity and inclusion of groups that are underrepresented in the academy through teaching, research, and/or service. Statements of Contributions to Diversity will be assessed by their general quality and the candidates’ awareness of, contributions toward, and plans for future efforts related to diversity and inclusion.

Commensurate with experience within the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank at the University of California.


The position will remain open until filled, but application materials should be received by September 30, 2019 to be assured full consideration. Applicants should submit materials online at Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research background, statement of past, current, and proposed teaching and science education research, and a statement describing experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity and inclusion. Applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3 references. For more information on this position, please visit or contact the search committee chair, Dr. Johan Leveau,

UC Davis is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer and is dedicated to recruiting a diverse faculty community. We welcome all qualified applicants to apply, including women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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