Provide oversight and coordinate the development and integration of the computational laboratories in life science math courses. Administer the undergraduate Learning Assistants (LA) Program for all life science math courses, with responsibilities such as selecting, mentoring, and evaluating undergraduate LAs. Provide instruction, as needed, in the Life Sciences Core Education Department on a quarterly basis including summer sessions for LS 20 (Quantitative Concepts for Life Sciences), the LS30 series (Mathematics for Life Scientists), LS40 (Statistics for Life Sciences), and the LA Program pedagogy training course, LS192A (Introduction to Collaborative Learning and Practice). Responsibilities for each course include preparing and giving interactive, inclusive lectures, offering office hours, giving students regular feedback, preparing and submitting student grades, and supervising/ mentoring the graduate student teaching assistants (TAs). Coordinate with UCLA’s Program for Excellence in Education and Research in the Sciences (PEERS) to recruit and train graduate student collaborative learning facilitators for supplemental workshops associated with the life science math courses.
Curriculum Development and Instruction:
The Academic Administrator will provide oversight and coordinate the development and integration of the computational laboratories in life science math courses, and when necessary, provide instruction as directed by the Chair of the Life Sciences Core (LS Core) Education Department. Responsibilities include the following:
Oversee the computational laboratory components of the life science math and statistics courses, including the laboratory practicum; supervise and mentor LAs and TAs through weekly meetings; provide worksheets for LAs and TAs to use in supplementary sections and workshops.
Prepare and deliver interactive, inclusive lectures that incorporate evidence-based instructional practices; give students feedback on all assignments; and submit student grades in accordance with university policy.
In consultation with PEERS Director in URC-Sciences, assist with recruitment and training of graduate student collaborative learning workshop facilitators for the LS30 series; oversee development of worksheets used by PEERS students in the workshops.
In consultation with the LA Program Director, oversee the LA pedagogy seminar (LS192A) once per year; attend instructor planning meeting in preparation for LA pedagogy seminar and contribute to the evaluation of the LA program and its undergraduate student participants.
Develop new instructional approaches and course materials for LS20, the LS30 series, and LS40 to support ongoing improvements to these courses, with particular attention to the computational laboratories. Development of these materials will be guided by education literature, feedback from life science math instructors, TAs, LAs, and students, and evidence-based practices for promoting learning, diversity, and inclusion in large enrollment mathematics courses.
Participate in planning discussions, implementation, and assessment of courses and programs in collaboration with the Chair, other life science math faculty, and various campus partners.
Work directly with life science math faculty to ensure that the lecture and laboratory content align.
Collaborate with LS Core instructors teaching the Life Science 7 series (introductory biology curriculum) to develop and distribute instructional materials that connect biology topics from the LS7 series into the math and statistics curriculum, and vice versa.
Under the guidance of the Chair, assist with the assessment of life science math courses to inform their continual improvement. Scholarship in discipline-based education research (DBER) or a related field of interest is strongly encouraged.
As directed by the Chair, advise new instructors in the use of biology-relevant math content and implementation of student-centered pedagogy.
Assist instructors and TAs with set-up, use, and troubleshooting of classroom instructional technology such as clickers, CCLE resources and activities, online grading platforms, exam or assignment repositories, and digital textbooks.
The Academic Administrator will facilitate the alignment of content and pacing across the life science math courses as well as mentor the TAs and supervise/train the undergraduate LAs.
Work and communicate effectively and cordially with LS Core staff to coordinate scheduling of rooms for TA office hours and supplemental workshops and complete other duties related to instruction and coordination of the life science math courses.
As directed by the Chair, contribute to development and writing of departmental reports; provide data collected and analyzed for life science math courses and the LA Program.
Coordinate scheduling of weekly meetings to consult with instructors.
Assist instructors and LS Core staff with selection of TAs, Readers/Graders, LAs, and PEERS facilitators.
Schedule weekly meetings with head TAs for the life science math courses to share information across sections of the same course; consult with instructors or LS Core staff as necessary to ensure advice or recommendations adhere to department guidelines and University policy.
Direct supplemental workshops in the collaborative learning center (CLC) in coordination with the LA Program Director and TAs for the life science math courses, advising LAs as they facilitate problem-solving sessions with students.
Coordinate recruitment, scheduling, training, and communication as required to execute the LA Program in all life science math courses.
Under the guidance of the Chair, the Academic Administrator will serve both the campus community and the broader science education community. Specific examples of academic service include the following:
As a member of the LS Core, represent the department to coordinate with other University initiatives regarding the success of Life Science students, the use of student-centered learning strategies, and the promotion of diversity and inclusivity.
Participate in committees responsible for LS Core oversight and course development.
Mentor undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate, engaging them in activities aligned with the instructional or administrative duties of the position listed above.
Actively participate in Core and Division efforts to promote best practices in teaching. This will include attending professional development workshops, leading or helping to organize and facilitate campus workshops on effective pedagogy, and/or participating in professional learning community activities such as weekly journal clubs supported by our Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS).
Attend national conferences to represent UCLA as a change agent for teaching and learning in higher education.
Qualifications and Application Instructions:
Qualifications include a Ph.D. degree in a mathematical discipline (e.g., Mathematics, Biomathematics) or a Ph.D. in a quantitative sub-discipline of biology with strong computer programming skills; experience in undergraduate teaching at a university level; experience in training undergraduate and graduate students in collaborative learning and other student-centered instructional techniques; demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills; demonstrated ability to collaborate with other faculty, academic staff, and administrative support staff in teaching, course development work, and management of courses and programs; and a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity in the classroom. Prefer candidates with knowledge of formative and summative assessment methods used to inform teaching and curriculum development efforts. Prefer candidates with experience using Python programming language. Also prefer candidates with experience supporting the logistical and administrative requirements of multipart academic programs.
The position will be under the direct supervision of the Chair of the Life Sciences Core Curriculum.
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