The Biology Faculty




Box 7118
Davidson, NC


Shipping Deliveries:
209 Ridge Rd.
Davidson, NC

HHMI Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship

Advertisement published in Science.

The Davidson College Biology Department invites applications for a two-year Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship beginning August 1, 2009. The first year will include A) research in one of the following fields, depending on the research interests of the candidate: neuroscience, genetics, genomics, developmental biology, virology, or cell biology, and B) developing teaching skills. The second year will focus primarily on teaching an introductory course and a course related to the individual’s specialty. Please submit application, cover letter, CV, Teaching and Research Statements, and contact information of three references at by November 21, 2008. Davidson College is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission. EOE.

Description of the HHMI Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship program at Davidson:

The Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow will be expected to:

  • observe the mentors’ teaching, develop student-centered teaching materials, and give occasional lectures;
  • participate in a research program involving undergraduates, beginning in the first year of the contract;
  • teach one lecture + laboratory course each semester of the second year of the contract;
  • write core components of applications for tenure-track positions, including a teaching philosophy statement, a research program outline, and cover letters; and
  • attend educational meetings (e.g., PKAL) to network and learn from faculty at other institutions.

The primary faculty mentor will:

  • welcome the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow into his or her classroom and laboratory;
  • provide feedback on classes taught by the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, and the Fellow’s interactions with undergraduates in the laboratory;
  • encourage the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow to join Davidson’s pretenured faculty discussion group;
  • share resources on teaching pedagogies, such as Gordon Uno’s Handbook on Teaching; and
  • assist the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in developing application materials for tenure-track positions

Description of Research:
The following faculty have agreed to serve as potential mentors for the HHMI Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow: Drs. Karen Bernd, Malcolm Campbell, Karen Hales, Barbara Lom, Julio Ramirez, and David Wessner. Information on the research programs of the potential faculty mentors can be found on the websites listed below. Candidates for the position will be expected to apply for a specific research program.

Karen Bernd
Malcolm Campbell
Karen Hales
Barbara Lom
Julio Ramirez
David Wessner

Search procedures and dates

  1. On-line application deadline: November 21
  2. Review of all applications between November 21 and January 12 by the search committee: Dr. Verna Case, chair. Search committee members: Drs. Karen Bernd, Malcolm Campbell, Karen Hales, Barbara Lom, Julio Ramirez, and David Wessner.
  3. Candidate short list by January 12.
  4. Campus interviews will be scheduled during the month of January or early February. The interview process will include: individual meetings with members of the search committee, Davidson's Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Clark Ross, and President, Tom Ross. All interviewed candidates will present a research seminar for an audience of undergraduates and faculty during their visit.
  5. Final selection and contract offer – late February, early March.
  6. Appointment begins on August 1, 2009.

Applicants will be evaluated based, in part on:

  1. Any previous experiences working with undergraduates.
  2. A written statement addressing the reasons the candidate wishes to pursue this particular postdoctoral opportunity. The statement should include discussions of how the candidate hopes to benefit from:
    a. Experiences in teaching and pursuing research with undergraduates in the area of developmental neuroscience
    b. Experiences at a small liberal arts institution
    c. Experiences interacting with and learning from faculty at a small liberal arts institution.
  3. Ability to engage an audience comprised of undergraduates and faculty during a research seminar.
  4. Personal qualities including energy, enthusiasm and collegiality


© Copyright 2007 Biology Department, Box 7118, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035-7118; maintained by Chris Paradise