Biology Lab Coordinator
This position is responsible for the set-up and preparation of the laboratory curriculum for the department’s Introductory Biology laboratories and teaching a number of introductory lab sections as specified each semester. Responsibilities also include updating laboratory curricula to match best practices in biology education. This position may teach other biology courses on an as needed basis.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Reporting to the Dean of Science, this position performs or works independently/collaboratively to perform the following essential duties and responsibilities:
Preparation of lab sections of Biology 43L/44L (Introductory Biology) including: ordering organizing and maintaining reagent/supply stocks and equipment used in Introductory Biology labs, inspection and maintenance of lab equipment; preparation of lab manuals; preparation of pre-labs and report guidelines; posting of lab support material in Sakai site.
Hire, train, coordinate and supervise undergraduate Teaching Assistants (TA’s).
Teach the required number of sections specified each semester;
Oversee grading of pre-labs, recording of grades from all lab instructors and distribution of lab grades to lecture instructors;
Be available to meet with students; oversee end of semester evaluations of instructors and TA’s.
Keep abreast of developments in biology pedagogy, including attending education conferences. Work with biology faculty to design and implement new curricula that align with best practices in biology education.
Performs other essential duties and tasks specific to the position.
OTHER ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- Regular attendance is an essential function of this position.
- Ability to take and follow directions.
- Ability to work cooperatively with others.
- Ability to receive and respond appropriately to constructive criticism.
- Ability to display a positive attitude.
- Ability to multitask.
EDUCATION: A Ph.D. in Biology, Biological Education or related interdisciplinary field is required.
EXPERIENCE: Prior experience teaching and/or designing inquiry-based labs in the biological sciences is preferred.
LICENSES: A valid C Class driver’s license or equivalent means of reliable transportation is required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Moderate (20-50 lbs.)
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
The successful candidate will possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to supervise and organize teams.
The candidate’s training and experience should display breadth across the broad field of Biology.
Experience and proficiency with computers and software such as Word and Excel is required.
Demonstrate effective, accurate and clear communication with excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, reading and leadership skills to supervise, facilitate, motivate and coordinate undergraduate Teaching Assistants.
REQUIRED HOURS: The regular hours for this full time position are 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday – Friday. Holiday, weekend and evening work hours may be required. Travel may be required. Regular hours may vary due to needs of the College or division.
CLASSIFICATION AND STATUS:
This is an exempt position.
This is a regular, full-time position.
This is a benefits-eligible position.
IPEDS Category Job Code: 19-0000 LifePhysSocScience
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: Undergraduate Teaching Assistants (TA’s)
GROOMING AND APPEARANCE: The Claremont Colleges seek to maintain a neat and professional image at all times.
BACKGROUND CHECK: The successful candidate will be required to undergo a full consumer background check. Certain positions will require the successful completion of a post-offer physical agility test. Employment is contingent on the satisfactory results of the aforementioned, in addition to compliance with requirements cited in this job description.
ADA/OSHA: This job description defines the essential or fundamental job duties of this position. It is assumed that employees hired for this position can perform the essential functions of this job without imposing risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others. It may also include marginal functions, generally defined within Title 1 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
DISCLAIMER: This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position. When duties and responsibilities change and develop, the College will review this job description and make changes of business necessity.