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Instructor in Collaborative Discovery

Instructional / Teaching Faculty


Instructor in Collaborative Discovery

  • 524364
  • Blacksburg, Virginia, United States
  • Honors College
  • Instructional / Teaching Faculty
  • Teaching & Research Faculty
  • Honors College

Job Description

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, this position supports the instructional mission of the Virginia Tech Honors College. The Honors College seeks to inspire and facilitate an extraordinary undergraduate education for a diverse student body of exceptional motivation. Utilizing a flexible curricular framework with a strategic array of experiences, opportunities, and facilities, the College pioneers progressive, innovative approaches to undergraduate education that can be scaled up across the university. The Honors College is distinctive in combining a structured disciplinary education with an open-ended, collaborative, and transdisciplinary discovery process. Students collaborate with one another across disciplines. The College extends this approach to facilitate student work with industry and non-profit partners.
This is a nine-month (academic year, non-tenure-track), full-time regular appointment for three-years at the instructor rank. Non-tenure-track faculty positions are term appointments eligible for renewal based on quality of performance, continuing need for services in the unit, and available funding.
The responsibilities of this position are focused on undergraduate education. We seek applicants from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, including engineering, natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities. Successful candidates will have experience translating disciplinary expertise to interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, or transdisciplinary settings. Instructors have a primary commitment to the undergraduate teaching mission of the college, including curricular and program development and the design and integration of innovative and inclusive pedagogy. Assignments will include teaching undergraduate courses, mentoring students, developing or revising courses and curricula, and fulfilling other instructional, administrative, or service responsibilities as needed.

Required Qualifications

• Graduate degree related to the cultural or societal implications of science and technology at the time of appointment
• A demonstrated commitment to cultural or societal issues that connect to or are addressed by science and technology
• A demonstrated record of undergraduate teaching in higher education
• A proven ability to work collaboratively
• A commitment to diversity in the university community

Preferred Qualifications

• Demonstrated commitment to issues of ethics and social justice in relation to science and technology
• Experience working with honors students
• Experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of students
• Experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of instructors
• A record of accomplishments in curriculum development or pedagogy

Appointment Type


Review Date

March 1, 2023

Additional Information

Required uploads: CV/resume, cover letter, references, sample syllabus, statement of teaching philosophy

Note: candidates are encouraged but not required to also include a sample of their scholarly writing.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.


About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Anne-Lise Velez at aknox@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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