Position Title Senior Laboratory Instructor
Part Year Yes
FLSA Status Exempt
Standard Hours (hours per week)
Position Summary Information
This position is charged with all aspects of teaching the laboratories associated with the introductory physics sequence for scientists and engineers (Physics 31-33) and/or the labs associated with the introductory physics sequence for life-sciences majors (Physics 11-13). The instructor may also teach lecture courses, as the need arises. In a typical academic year, the senior lab instructor will teach 15-16 lab sections (or the unit equivalent) during fall, winter and spring quarters. Any variation outside of this range would need to be discussed with the Chair and Office of the Dean.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. Teach laboratory courses and others, as assigned.
• Demonstrate a command of the discipline and skill in presenting it effectively to undergraduates.
• Develop syllabus, laboratory exercises, assignments and course schedule before course begins.
• Write and/or edit laboratory instructions and manuals, as needed.
• Select course materials and order books and manuals.
• Appear on time and participate fully in scheduled class meetings.
• Assign and submit course grades that are accurate, fair and an appropriate assessment of student performance.
• Provide timely feedback to students.
• Post and hold regular office hours at times reasonably convenient for students.
• Administer all required course evaluations.
• Develop instructional materials in consultation with department faculty.
• Help design and construct set-ups for new experiments.
• Instruct students on appropriate and safe use of equipment.
• Assist students with graphing programs.
2. Hire, train and supervise teaching assistants.
3. Purchase, repair and maintain laboratory equipment (with assistance, as needed).
4. Other duties as assigned.
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.
• May be required to travel to other buildings on the campus.
• May be required to attend conference and training sessions within Bay Area.
• May be required to occasionally travel to outside customers, venders or suppliers.
The work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
• Offices with equipment noise.
• Offices with frequent interruptions.
• Scientific laboratories.
• Low-level radioisotope sources for teaching basic physics.
• Knowledge of effective teaching techniques.
• Basic scientific computer literacy
• Knowledge of physics at advanced post-graduate level
• Knowledge of basic experimental physics methods and laboratory techniques
• Strong interpersonal, organizational and problem-solving skills
• Ability to maintain a high level of performance in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
• Ability to handle detailed information with a high degree of accuracy.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and maintain relationships with department and university personnel. Must demonstrate high energy, flexibility and a willingness to work as a team player in an organizational environment.
Education and/or Experience
• Terminal degree in physics or closely related field required
• Minimum of three to five years experience teaching undergraduate laboratories in a higher-education environment
Salary Information $47,345.25-$55,024.50
Posting Detail Information
Close Date 05/04/2016
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
This position is internal to SCU employees only.
This position is 9 months Sept-June with Summers off.
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. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected category in accordance with applicable law. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.
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About Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s, Ph.D., and law degrees.
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