Senior Laboratory Instructor
Santa Clara University
Department: Chemistry and Biochemistry
Part Year: No
FLSA Status: Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week): 40
The senior laboratory instructor is charged with all aspects of teaching laboratories at the lower-division level. The position may also be assigned to teach lecture sections as appropriate and necessary. A total of nine units or up to 15 10-week laboratory sections is the teaching expectation over the course of the fall, winter and spring quarters. Four units or up to two laboratory sections is the teaching expectation during each three-week session of the summer quarter.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Teach laboratory courses
Develop syllabi, assignments, experiments, readings/problem sets and course schedule before the course begins.
o Suggest and implement new experiments and/or modifications to experiments.
o Facilitate active student learning by ensuring the general chemistry laboratory sequence remains engaging and current.
Develop appropriate teaching preparations and materials for each class meeting.
Select course materials
Conduct all scheduled class meetings.
Assign course grades by quarterly deadlines.
Use appropriate measures of student performance.
Provide timely feedback to students.
Assign grades that are an accurate and fair evaluation of student work.
Post and maintain regular office hours (approximately two to three hours per week) at times reasonably convenient for students.
Administer all required course evaluations.
Demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively.
Instruct students on proper maintenance of laboratory notebooks.
Ensure students use equipment properly and safely.
Edit laboratory manuals.
Mentor inexperienced laboratory instructors.
Train student teaching assistants to effectively and safely assist primary lab instruction.
Aid in training and mentoring quarterly adjunct lab professors.2. Laboratory preparation and maintenance
Ensure laboratory waste is disposed of in accordance with best practices.
Report faulty instrumentation, computers and equipment to Director of Laboratory Operations and support staff.
Clean laboratory benches and check all chemical containers to ensure that they are closed and in proper secondary containment location.
Ensure balances are clean at end of lab.
Ensure student safety is maintained throughout the entire laboratory.3. Other appropriate duties as assigned.GENERAL GUIDELINES1. Recommends initiatives and implements approved changes to improve quality and services.
2. Identifies and determines causes of problems; develops and presents recommendations for improvement of established processes and practices.
3. Maintains contact with community and solicits feedback for improved services.
4. Maximizes productivity through use of appropriate tools; planned training and performance initiatives.
5. Prepares and submits reports as requested and required.
6. Develops and implements guidelines to support the functions of the unit.
Provides Work Direction:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The items below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, education, and experience required or preferred. This position requires the ability to effectively establish and maintain cooperative working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment.
The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, and all other applicable laws, SCU provides reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities. A qualified individual is a person who meets skill, experience, education, or other requirements of the position, and who can perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
Considerable time is spent at a desk using a computer terminal.
May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Typical academic laboratory environment.
Indoor office environment.
Offices and laboratories with equipment noise.
Offices and laboratories with frequent interruptions.
Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
Familiarity with Apple and Windows operating systems.
Understanding of, and appreciation for, the principles of Jesuit education preferred.
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and exercise sound judgement.
Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as function well in a team environment.
Ability to handle detailed information with a high degree of accuracy.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with people of diverse cultures and identities.
Ability to prioritize, multitask, meet deadlines, and handle stressful situations with tact and sensitivity.
Education and/or Experience:
Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or closely related field required.
Two or more years of teaching experience in higher education, minimally at the community college level.
Open Until Filled: Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants:
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About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in Californias Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus masters, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all masters universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is Californias oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity and inclusion, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
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