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Department of Plant Pathology
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One Shields Avenue - Davis, CA 95616-8751
Department Business Office: 354 Hutchison Hall
Phone: (530) 752 -0300 - Fax: (530) 752-5674
Department Chair: Dave Rizzo
Assistant Professor of Teaching in Disease Biology
Department of Plant Pathology
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
University of California, Davis

The Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Teaching in the field of disease biology, with a focus on epidemiology and disease ecology. Expertise in plant pathology or a related discipline is required. Competitive applicants will have interest and competency to support teaching and research in the undergraduate major Global Disease Biology ( which is grounded in the broader context of One Health, including plant, animal, human and environmental systems.

Faculty in the ‘Professors of Teaching’ series are Academic Senate members whose responsibilities center on undergraduate education, and scholarly analysis/improvement of teaching and learning. Within the UC system, the title ‘Professor of Teaching’ is equivalent to the LPSOE/LSOE titles: pre-tenure LPSOE (Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment) and post-tenure LSOE (Lecturer with Security of Employment). UC Davis guidelines for advancement through the series can be found here. The advertised position is for an Assistant Professor of Teaching (i.e., LPSOE) and is an academic year (9-month) appointment. A fuller description of responsibilities in teaching, research and services for the advertised position is given below.

Application materials should be received by September 30, 2019 to be assured full consideration. Applicants should submit materials online at


The appointee will be expected to carry out high quality and innovative teaching in disease biology and plant pathology and consistent with the short- and long-term goals of the department ( The appointee will be required to teach up to five undergraduate courses per year (1-2 per quarter; Fall, Winter, Spring) 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 department 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 (

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 may be assigned based on the candidate’s area of expertise and departmental need. These may 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); or 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).

IMPORTANT: In their teaching statement, the candidate should discuss plans for teaching the three primary classes listed above: Epidemiology, Disease Ecology, and Introduction to Plant Pathology.

Research and Service

The appointee will develop a 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.

The Center for Educational Effectiveness ( is an excellent resource for educational research and curriculum development at UC Davis. This includes information on research support ( as well as the annual conference on Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (

IMPORTANT: In their teaching statement, the candidate should discuss plans for science education research and/or curriculum development.

Links to webpages of current Assistant Professors in Teaching (LPSOEs) in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences:


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.

A statement describing experience in and future plans for activities that promote diversity and inclusion is also required. For guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested see:

Applicants should provide the names and contact information of 3 references.

For more information on this position, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Johan Leveau,

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities. UC Davis is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of family-friendly policies and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Award for gender equity.

UC Davis supports Family-friendly recruitments. UC Davis covers travel expenses for a second person to accompany an invited faculty recruitment candidate who is a mother (or single parent of either gender) of a breast or bottle-feeding child less than two years of age.

UC Davis recognizes the necessity of supporting faculty with efforts to integrate work, family and other work‐ life considerations. To recruit and retain the best faculty, the campus sponsors a Work Life Program that provides programs and services that support faculty as they strive to honor their commitments to work, home and community.

UC Davis was ranked #1 in 2016 on Forbes Magazine list of the 13 most important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) universities for women, and is expecting to earn the U.S. Department of Education’s “Hispanic Serving Institution” designation by 2018-2019. Davis celebrates the multi-cultural diversity of its student body by creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for students through such organizations and programs as the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center; Casa Cuauhtémoc Chicano-Latino Theme House; Asian Pacific American Theme House; ME/SA (Middle astern/South Asian) living-learning community; Multi- Ethnic Program (MEP); Chicano/Latino Retention Initiative; and Native American Theme Program.

The UC Davis Partner Opportunities Program (POP) is a service designed to support departments and deans’ offices in the recruitment and retention of outstanding faculty. Eligibility for POP services is limited to full-time Academic Senate Ladder Rank faculty (including Lecturers with Security of Employment (LSOE), Lecturers with Potential Security of Employment (LPSOE) Senior Lecturer with Security of Employment (SLPSOE)), and Cooperative Extension Specialists.

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