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Position OverviewThe School of Professional Studies and KU Edwards Campus host a number of lab-based courses throughout the year. This position will support primarily the Applied Biological Sciences (BSCI) program, but also the Biotechnology and Environmental Studies programs in maintaining physical lab space and equipment. The position will also teach lab courses in the BSCI Program.

The Classroom Lab Manager/instructor position is a non-tenured position appointed for a three-year period. Contracts are renewable, based on results from annual performance reviews. This position will be 12 months, with a typical teaching load of four courses a year.

About the School of Professional Studies:
The University of Kansas School of Professional Studies facilitates social mobility and equity by providing high-quality academic programs, research activities and engaged learning initiatives to meet local workforce, economic and student needs.

This academic unit is dedicated to serving the needs of transfer and nontraditional students, a growing sector of post-secondary enrollment for higher education both nationally and in the Kansas City metro area. The school provides these working professionals and transfer students with critical, in-demand programs to meet the talent needs of employers in the Greater Kansas City area and beyond.

The school offers a variety of disciplines, course formats, class schedules, student services, aid and more to meet the needs of diverse students who may work full-time, have considerable commitments outside of the classroom, have prior college-level education or otherwise need a different approach to earning academic credentials.
Based at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, which has predominately served nontraditional students since 1993, the school is uniquely positioned to offer pertinent programming and expert instruction aided by close ties to area employers and industry experts. Here’s a snapshot of KU Edwards Campus students. 51% undergraduate students, 49% graduate students'
    52% female, 38% male, 10% did not identify64% work part-time, 36% work full-timeAverage student age is 27 years old31% identified as an ethnic minority25% were first-generation college students
At the University of Kansas, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are encouraged, noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty, and community. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.



Job DescriptionPosition Responsibilities

(50%) Classroom Lab Manager:
This position has primary responsibility to manage lab spaces for three programs: Applied Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, and Environmental Soil Sciences. Responsibilities include:

Routine Laboratory Maintenance
  • Equipment upkeep
  • Cleaning Organizing
  • Updating Inventories
  • Maintaining Environmental, Health, & Safety compliance with university requirements and guidelines
Purchasing and Budget Management
  • Review of planned labs with instructors and purchase required reagents
  • Maintain purchasing records
Lab Preparation
  • Media preparation
  • Equipment preparation
  • Reagent preparation
  • These duties would be required on a per course and per class basis. Instructors are expected to work with and communicate with lab manager regarding their needs and expectations to have labs ready to go on the day of class.
Lab personnel training and assistance
  • Individual will be expected to help train undergraduate students how to work and behave in a lab and help assist on undergraduate research projects on a case by case basis.

(50%) Teaching:
Serve as an instructor in the Applied Biological Sciences Program. This position is responsible for teaching four courses annually. The courses must conform to the curricular needs of the program. In addition to teaching courses, the incumbent should be available to students for advising, consultation, and research supervision.
  • Develop and teach four courses each year focused on the current BSCI curriculum and potential new courses
  • Develop assignments, design class activities, respond to and evaluate student work in a timely manner, assign grades. Adhere to department, college, and university policies.
  • Hold regular office hours for students involved in classes taught. A minimum of three posted office hours each week is required.
  • Work collaboratively with faculty in the School of Professional Studies to ensure that curriculum continues to meet the needs of our students, school, university, and transfer pipelines.
Required Qualifications
  1. A masters degree in Biology, or closely related field, is expected by the start date of the appointment.
  2. At least one year experience teaching or serving as a teaching assistant in lab-based courses in higher education.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated ability to work with other faculty and administrators to provide and receive constructive feedback.
  2. Evidence of commitment to inclusive teaching and diversity in STEM.
  3. Training and/or experience in introducing and embedding research into courses and/or departmental curriculum.
Additional Candidate InstructionsA complete application requires:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV/Resume
  • Three Professional reference (we will only contact for finalists)

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Contact Information to ApplicantsBrendan Mattingly
[email protected]
913-897-8633 Advertised Salary Range$55,000 - $65,000 Application Review Begins26-Jul-2022 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2022

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