Jobs at Hispanic-serving institutions

10/12/2018 4:52:53 PM

The ASBMB Minority Affairs Committee is committed to enhancing cultural diversity in the sciences by raising the status and visibility of underrepresented minorities. That’s why the ASBMB is proud to have exhibited this week at the 2018 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference hosted by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

In honor of SACNAS and its work promoting STEM diversity, the careers blog features a collection of resources for scientists interested in pursuing academic careers at colleges and universities officially certified as Hispanic-serving institutions. Be sure to check out the related posts (see below) for more resources related to careers that support diversity in STEM efforts.   

Resources for undocumented students  

If you work with Hispanic students, it’s important to be aware of the many challenges they face in accessing higher-education opportunities. Those students who are undocumented immigrants have even more barriers. As Arianna Celis Luna pointed out in a personal essay in the ASBMB Today about the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program*, undocumented students are ineligible for financial aid and federal funding and may not be able to apply for admission to specific universities or programs. But, as Luna concludes, these are just hurdles that need to be overcome. And, personally, I think it is the science community’s responsibility to help connect these students with the resources to do so. Here are just a few resources for undocumented and DACA-status students that we have run across recently.  

•     The Golden Door Scholars program is providing up to 50 college scholarships for DACA students to pursue undergraduate studies in STEM fields. High school students, current undergraduates and transfer students are welcome to apply. Scholarships will preferentially be used at partner institutions. Recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in internships, receive mentoring and other career-development opportunities. The application deadline is Oct. 25. (H/t to the Twitter account 500womenscientists for sharing this information.)  

•     Matthew Cover, professor at California State University Stanislaus, has crowdsourced a list of summer research and professional-development programs for undocumented college students in STEM fields that is published on his website. Contact him to add any additional resources to the list.  

•     ASBMB MAC chair Sonia Flores previously wrote in the AToday about the many benefits of the proposed Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors Act for science students. While, unfortunately, the DREAM Act has not become reality yet, Flores provides a useful list of funding support and resources for DACA students in this article.  

•     The Ford Foundation Fellowship program provides predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral fellowships with the specific intent of increasing the ethnic and racial diversity of faculties at academic institutions in the U.S. and to promote the use of diversity to enhance the educational experiences received by students. Individuals with DACA status are eligible to apply. The application deadlines are in December. See the program website for more details.  

*Note: It seems the current status of the DACA program is that renewal applications can still be submitted.


Academic jobs at HSIs  

One avenue to reach a broad base of Hispanic students to mentor and encourage their pursuits of STEM careers is to work as a faculty member at a Hispanic-serving institution. HSI is a U.S. Department of Education designation for any institution of higher education with an enrollment of full-time undergraduate students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic. Many of these schools also belong to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. A listing of HSI members and affiliated/partner institutions are included in the HACU member directory. The HACU also provides an academic job board and an option for Hispanic professionals to submit a resume to the ProTalento database. SACNAS also hosts a career center with a job board. Here is a quick roundup of open faculty jobs at HSIs.  

•     The Department of Biology at Mills College (Oakland, Calif.) is in search of a part-time visiting professor in developmental genetics to teach undergraduate courses and organize a STEM professionals lecture series. The goal of the professorship program is to promote teaching excellence and expose students to careers and networks outside the college. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biological sciences, experience with innovative teaching methodologies and commitment to working with multicultural students. Review of applications begins Oct. 15.   

•     The Department of Biology at Sonoma State University is hiring a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant-professor level in the area of molecular biology. The incumbent will be expected to teach undergraduate/graduate courses and establish an externally funded research program in areas that may include but are not limited to cell signaling, neurobiology, microbiomes, host‐parasite interactions or synthetic biology. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and experience in postdoctoral research and working with undergraduate students. The application deadline is Nov. 16.  

•     The Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California–Santa Cruz invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant-professor level in the area of environmental health science. In particular, research should focus on the mechanistic understanding of how organisms are affected by environmentally-derived stressors. The faculty member will advise both Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students and teach undergraduate courses in environmental and organismal health. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in a relevant field, one year of postdoctoral experience and a strong research track record. The application deadline is Nov. 30.  

•     Morton College (Cicero, Ill.) is recruiting for a tenure-track instructor with experience in teaching microbiology and general biology. The instructor also may teach botany and environmental science labs. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in biology. No application deadline is provided.  

•     Santa Monica Community College is seeking a tenure-track instructor to teach lecture and laboratory courses in cellular and molecular biology, genetics and evolution for biology majors and general biology courses for non-majors. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in the biological sciences. The application deadline is Nov. 19.


HSI STEM grants  

HSIs are eligible to apply for specific funding from the DoE for HSI STEM program grants. The goal is to increase the number of Hispanic students graduating (or transferring to four-year degree programs) in STEM fields. The funded programs often need program coordinators to manage these efforts. Here is a sampling of programs currently hiring. You also can check out the list of recent HSI STEM grant awardees to find institutions that may be hiring in the future. (Note: I am unsure about the current status of funding for the program as it seems the last round of awards was in 2017.)  

•     Reedley College (part of the State Center Community College District in California) is looking for a STEM-4-STEM program counselor and coordinator to manage its Student Transfer, Engagement and Mentoring for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program. Duties include recruiting participants, developing related programming and curriculum, providing career counseling services and evaluating program outcomes. Note: The minimum qualifications state a master’s degree in a counseling or related field. However, the desired qualifications include familiarity with a STEM discipline, so I suggest reaching out to check further on qualifications. The application deadline is Oct. 27.  

•     Contra Costa College (part of the Contra Costa Community College District in California) is hiring a program assistant to provide logistical support for events, activities and support services related to its HSI STEM student retention programs. There are no minimum qualifications included in the job posting. No application deadline is provided.  

•     Amarillo College is seeking a curriculum specialist to integrate undergraduate research-based curriculum into biology courses and programs. Minimum qualifications include a master’s degree in the biological sciences and three years of teaching experience in higher education. No application deadline is provided.


Bonus job posting  

Arizona State University is hiring three postdoctoral research scholars in biology education to work within the Research for Inclusive Science Education center. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in biology, science education or a related field. The application deadline is Oct. 30.


Related posts  

•     Faculty-hiring season commences

•     Diversity support programs for academic careers

•     Science careers at HBCUs

•     Careers to support diversity in science efforts

•     Community college jobs

•     Academic administration positions

Donna Kridelbaugh is a contributor to the ASBMB Careers Blog. She holds an advanced degree in microbiology and is a former lab manager.   

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