Instructor in Chemistry

Job description


This position is responsible for providing instruction during NIC’s regular fall and spring semesters and may include the six-week summer session.  The teaching assignment may be selected from non-major survey Chemistry classes to first year inorganic Chemistry courses.  Teaching responsibilities may include both lecture and laboratory classes, depending on the qualifications of the candidate. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

This list includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Teaches a maximum of 9 equivalent credit hours per semester as assigned and maintains additional weekly contractual hours, as specified by college policy.
  • May teach evenings and/or weekends
  • Responsible for laboratory instruction, including teaching use of common laboratory equipment and appropriate instrumentation
  • Able to adapt teaching methodologies to improve learning outcomes, and reach an expanded non-traditional student population
  • Becomes familiar with the assigned textbook(s) and lab manuals, prepares class presentations and handouts for electronic distribution, and prepares a syllabus for each course
  • Prepares, gives, and grades tests and homework and delivers grades and other requested course information to the registrar on time
  • Receives training in and keeps skills current in the relevant fields of Chemistry, teaching methods, and in using the electronic and physical equipment and software necessary to accomplish teaching responsibilities
  • Advises students using the recommended procedures as outlined in the College Advising Handbook
  • Identifies student-learning outcomes; develops process and tools for assessment; incorporates results in order to modify instruction and materials in general education, degree program, course cluster, and/or certificate program, in coordination with colleagues
  • Participates in student recruitment, curriculum development, and serves on college committees
  • Provides mentorship for adjunct faculty and orients associate faculty as needed
  • Attends and participates in faculty meetings
  • Participates in professional development activities
  • Cultivates effective public relations with various community agencies/service providers and/or educational partners
  • Demonstrates commitment to the philosophy and mission of a comprehensive community college.



Marginal Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned


The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum qualifications necessary for an individual to satisfactorily perform each essential duty and be successful in the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties.

Education and Experience:

A minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a chemistry related field is required to teach laboratory classes, but will not be considered eligible to teach lecture classes.  A minimum of a Master’s of Science in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Chemistry Education is required to teach lecture classes in addition to laboratory classes. Prior teaching experience in college or high school level preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to successfully recruit students into chemistry.
  • Ability to teach all first-year college chemistry courses, from non-major survey classes to college level General Inorganic Chemistry.
  • Ability to teach the supporting Laboratory classes for the Chemistry curriculum.
  • Excellent dynamic classroom leadership skills and the ability to foster enthusiasm in students.
  • Ability to use education-related computer applications at a proficient level.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Strong ability to use a personal computer and associated peripherals, current version of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office and Internet.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.
  • Ability to use appropriate chemical laboratory equipment and instruments.



Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk and use fingers and hands to keyboard or type and handle materials. The employee is occasionally required to sit and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles or blood-borne pathogens and contaminants, blood-borne pathogens, or other health threats.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.




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Job No: 17-118
Posted: 5/4/2017
Application Due: 6/2/2017
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