Chemistry Lab Coordinator #192795

Feb 09, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Posting Information: Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for a General Chemistry Lab Coordinator in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2018. The Department of Chemistry and Physics at WCU offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry (including an ACS-approved degree program) and Forensic Science, an M.S. degree in Chemistry (both as a stand-alone program and as part of an accelerated Bachelors/Master's program), and minors in chemistry and physics. The lab coordinator position is a 10-month, renewable, fixed-term faculty position. In addition to teaching 100-level chemistry laboratory sections each semester, the lab coordinator position will also be responsible for coordinating activities within 100-level chemistry teaching labs. Responsibilities include coordinating teaching materials among general chemistry lab sections, ordering, preparing, and distributing laboratory materials, supervising undergraduate student lab prep staff, training graduate teaching assistants, coordinating faculty/TA efforts in multi-section labs, and ensuring proper safety protocol are used in general chemistry teaching labs.

Minimum Training & Experience Requirements: M.S. in Chemistry or a closely related-field at the time of hire is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Previous teaching, lab coordination, and/or lab safety supervision experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Application materials must be submitted online, and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) list of three references (including contact information); and 5) unofficial transcripts. The submitted teaching philosophy (ca. 2 pages) should include a discussion on the applicant's views on the pedagogical relationship between general chemistry lecture and lab. Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Cindy Atterholt at

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