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Instructional Assistant Professor

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
Closing date
Dec 1, 2023

Job Details

Department: College of Science

Job Category: Instructional Faculty

Job Type: Full-Time

Work Schedule: Full-time (1.0 FTE, 40 hrs/wk)

Location: Fairfax

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience

Criminal Background Check: Yes

Works with Minors check: Yes

About the Department:

The Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience is an academic program with a mission advance understanding of the nervous system and train the next generation of neuroscientists and health professionals through multidisciplinary research, while promoting access, diversity, and inclusion.

We aim to make our curriculum and opportunities accessible and to combat race, gender, and disability attrition in the neuroscience workforce. We put our students first and aim to train them to meet the future challenges of the world with creativity and resolve.

George Mason University College of Science (Mason Science) is committed to advancing access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (A-JEDI) throughout our STEM community, including within our hiring and retention practices. At Mason Science, our values include fostering an organizational culture that promotes anti-racism, belonging, respect, and civility. We believe that a diversity of opinions, cultures, and perspectives is what provides vibrancy, innovation and growth to an academic community. By prioritizing inclusive excellence in academics, teaching, research, and global engagement, we strive to attract a diverse pool of faculty and staff who exemplify the Mason Science mission and vision.

About the Position:

This is a full-time, instruction-focused, non-tenure track, nine-month faculty appointment. Position will teach and develop advanced undergraduate and graduate neuroscience courses to contribute to the expansion of the program. Specific duties include teaching a standard course load (typically 4:4 or 3:3 if you serve as an academic advisor). Courses may include introductory neuroscience, core neuroscience courses and lecture or laboratory courses in the individual's area of expertise. The position will assist with program duties such as academic advising, program development, committee work, and new student events.

  • Position will teach and develop advanced undergraduate and graduate neuroscience courses to contribute to the expansion of the program. Specific duties include teaching a standard course load (typically 4:4 or 3:3 teaching with additional advising or administrative duties); and
  • Administrative duties: Participation in faculty committees within IPN as well as College of Science and the university as a whole. Program outreach on campus and in the local area. Student mentoring and advising.

Required Qualifications:
  • Completion of a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology or a related field prior to the first day of work; potential for excellent teaching and capacity for course and laboratory development; and
  • Knowledge of neuroscience, biology or a related field; ability to provide excellent teaching and capacity for course and laboratory development; ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Relevant teaching credentials and/or postdoctoral training desirable; and
  • Experience and willingness to teach courses in computational neuroscience, general neuroscience, research experience courses, and/or other upper-level courses in the applicant's area of expertise.

Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for Teaching Assistant Professor at; complete and submit the online application; and provide a cover letter, CV, Philosophy of Teaching/teaching statement (approximately one page), transcripts, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Additionally we ask you to provide a statement detailing how your teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are minoritized and marginalized in your academic field; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Mason Science's commitment to access, justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (AJEDI).

Optional supplemental documents showing a teaching portfolio or evidence of teaching effectiveness may also be submitted.

Posting Open Date: October 24, 2023

For Full Consideration, Apply by: November 24, 2023

Open Until Filled?: Yes

Mason Ad Statement

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!

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Equity Statement

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.

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George Mason University is a university with three campuses, each with a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students, faculty, and staff have full access to all the university's resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. In addition to the main campus in Fairfax, the university has campuses in Arlington and Prince William Counties.

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