Title Preceptor in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
School Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Department/Area Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
The Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology is seeking a Preceptor
in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB). The Preceptor will work
closely with Harvard faculty and students to develop and implement innovative
curricula and course materials. Preceptors are expected to launch a successful
teaching career by developing superior teaching and administrative skills as
part of team of educators.
The Preceptor in OEB is expected to develop substantial new pedagogical
approaches and is responsible for designing and supervising all aspects of the
laboratory, discussion, and field work components of two Introductory
undergraduate courses, OEB55, Ecology (enrollment 40 students) offered in
the Spring Term and OEB 10, Foundations of Biological Diversity (anticipated
enrollment 100) offered in the Fall Term . This entails: (1) collaborating
with faculty to develop innovative course materials, including problem sets,
hands-on activities, guided/independent student projects, review sessions,
laboratory experiments and written examinations; (2) teaching weekly review
lectures and leading recitation sections, laboratories, and field trips, (3)
acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory
support team; and (4) overseeing course administration and supervising and
training teaching fellow staff.
During the semester, the Preceptor will also be responsible for the
organization and supervision of laboratories and field trips for these
courses. If reappointed in future years, the Preceptor may rotate into other
OEB Spring Term courses (e.g., OEB 11, other 50-levels) to assist with
redesign of lectures, lab, and/or field trip experiences.
Candidates are required to have teaching experience in biological sciences.
Ph.D. in biological sciences or on track to complete the degree by the time of
A strong commitment and background in undergraduate science education using
modern pedagogical approaches. Leadership skills to assist in training
teaching fellows and to manage relationships with up to 100 undergraduates.
Experience working with individual undergraduates and with both bench-based
and field-based science research. Candidate should have strong organizational,
communication and interpersonal skills required.
Specialized per course:
Strong background in evolutionary and ecological principles, and a familiarity
with plant, prokaryotic, and invertebrate and vertebrate biology and
Please submit the following items:
1. Cover letter, including a description of teaching/advising experience and
philosophy and comments on any efforts to encourage diversity, inclusion, and
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
4. 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)
Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.
Please note that Harvard University is not able to sponsor visas for this
The position start date is January 2, 2022, with annual reappointments
possible up to eight years.
OEB Associate Director of Administration Sarine Der Kaloustian
Contact Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex,
national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity,
sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other
characteristic protected by law.
Minimum Number of References Required 3
Maximum Number of References Allowed 5
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
Statement of Teaching Philosophy