Director of the Center for Life Sciences Education at the Ohio State University

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Columbus, OH
United States

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The Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences invites applications for Director of the Center for Life Sciences Education (CLSE). The CLSE coordinates the teaching of introductory biology courses and provides advising and student services for the Biology major (the largest STEM major at Ohio State).

The CLSE Director provides leadership and oversight for biology courses and curricula; biology major undergraduate advising, student services and assessment; teaching assistant and faculty recruitment and training for CLSE; coordinates and participates in biology education research in CLSE and/or biology research; works with divisional Dean, life sciences department chairs, student services and retention efforts; collaborates with Arts and Sciences Advising and Academic Services, Arts and Sciences Curriculum Office, Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning, University Registrar, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, Office of Admissions, Honors and Scholars, and other Ohio State offices.


We seek an inspiring Director who will provide strong leadership for an outstanding team of innovative educators in coordinating CLSE activities and overseeing its budget. This individual will lead the CLSE in scholarly research in biology education, joining ongoing STEM education research initiatives, and may have discipline-specific research in one of the four core departments as well (Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and Biochemistry).  The successful candidate will have evidence of advancing inclusiveness and diversity in teaching and/or administration, research, outreach, and engagement and will be expected to engage in broader college and university DEI initiatives.

About Columbus:

The Ohio State University campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the Midwest’s fastest-growing city and the nation’s 14th largest city. Columbus offers a diverse array of welcoming neighborhoods and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Additional information about all that the Columbus area has to offer is available at

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. Over the next few years, The Ohio State University is committed to welcoming 350 new faculty hires, many of which will contribute to growing our role as a premier research university equipped to answer and interrogate the critical domestic and global societal challenges that deter equality and inclusion. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. The university is a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.



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A complete application consists of a cover letter that includes a narrative highlighting leadership experience; curriculum vitae; a research statement; a teaching statement; three letters of reference; and a diversity statement that articulates your demonstrated commitment and capacity to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, mentoring, and/or outreach/engagement. Review of applications will begin March 14, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

Inquiries regarding the position may be directed to Susan Olesik, Dean of Natural and Mathematical Sciences of the College of Arts and Sciences.