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Teaching Fellow in the Biological Sciences, AY 2020-2021

Application Window

Open June 22nd, 2020 through Friday, May 14, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

The School of Natural Sciences anticipates hiring teaching fellow for Academic Year 2020-2021, in the Biological Sciences.

The Teaching Fellow is expected to do the following:
• Provide mentorship, support, and teaching professional development for graduate teaching assistants (TAs)
• Improve communication between graduate TAs and instructors of record
• Design and improve curriculum for discussion sections
• Serve as a back-up TA for discussion sections during short-term emergencies.
• Attend weekly mentoring meetings with the instructors of record (IOR)
• Attend weekly instructional team meetings with IORs and TAs
• Prepare and lead weekly TA meetings
• Facilitate active-learning activities during lectures
• Hold weekly office hours for TAs and/or students
• Available to proctor, photocopy, and grade exams
• Conduct peer observations of teaching in discussions

The University of California Teaching Assistants are represented by the UAW-AFL-CIO.

A Teaching Fellow is a registered graduate student in full-time residence who has advanced to candidacy for the doctorate, at least two years of teaching experience (including that of a teaching assistantship) in or outside the University, and under the general supervision of a regular faculty member. Maintenance of a qualifying grade-point average is also required. Must meet all requirements outlined in the UC Merced Graduate Policies and Procedures Handbook and Academic Personnel Manual 410. Must have served as a graduate Teaching Assistant in the biological sciences for least one semester at UC Merced. Preferred candidates will have either taken QSB 201: Teaching and Learning in the Sciences or received other teaching professional development training.

Salary is based on an annual full-time salary of $51,379.00. Teaching Fellows will not be appointed for more than 50% time during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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 (

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Copy of Transcripts - Copy of Transcripts (unofficial)

  • Copy of Graduate Transcripts (Optional)

Job location

Merced, CA