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Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Assistant/Preparator

Kansas City University
Missouri, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
May 7, 2024

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Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Assistant/Preparator

Joplin Campus

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Job Description:

Kansas City University College of Dental Medicine seeks an Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Assistant as full-time staff to teach, coordinate, maintain, and supervise Human Anatomy laboratory activities. The staff member shall have the responsibilities of assisting the CDM anatomist in the responsibility of teaching and associated laboratory sessions primarily for dental students. The successful candidate will work under the direction of the CDM anatomist, prepare anatomical specimens for instruction, assist in the logistics of instruction and evaluation, provide laboratory support in gross anatomy laboratories, assist with research, and perform other duties as assigned. The incumbent must be a motivated and engaged individual who is excited to help build an innovative and dynamic dental education program.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Anatomy Laboratory Teaching Assistant will:
  • Prepare laboratory exercises in conjunction with CDM anatomist's course syllabus and lectures
  • Work closely with the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Lab Manager to
    coordinate gross anatomy lab usage
  • Set up laboratory specimens and accompanying teaching tools for laboratory sessions, practical
    exams, exam reviews, and other events
  • Assist in the development, organization, and conduct of the anatomy course
  • Grade assignments, quizzes, practicals/exams, remediations, and other assessments in
    collaboration with the CDM anatomist
  • Arrange and conduct open lab hours and reviews which may include after hours and on weekends
  • Proctor laboratory practical exams and clean up afterwards
  • Assist with cadaveric dissection, including prosection
  • Supervise/carry out the physical set-up and preparation of equipment and materials needed for
    anatomy labs, as well as return equipment and materials to storage and related clean-up tasks
  • Establish and maintain consistent office hours to be available to students and faculty
  • Maintain consistent schedule of arriving and being present at least thirty minutes prior to
    class and/or lab
  • Assist the CDM anatomist in developing course and research project materials
  • Assist with data collection, analysis, and processing
  • Assist with research conduct and documentation, and in writing research reports
  • Documentation development, searching, retrieving, and synthesizing literature, record-keeping,
    and report preparation

  • Other duties may be assigned in accordance with curricular objectives, learning outcomes, and research related needs
    Qualified candidates should possess:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent from a four-year college in a life science field
  • Applicant must have completed two semesters of Anatomy or equivalent science courses
  • Experience in human body dissection, teaching in an academic laboratory setting, knowledge of medical

    terminology or clinical anatomy, knowledge of learning management systems
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and database systems
  • Ability to work autonomously and meet deadlines reliably
  • Able to pay keen attention to details
  • Strong academic background in biology, including the specific discipline of human anatomy, and good technical lab skills, including some relevant skills in dissection
  • In-depth knowledge of prevention of occupational hazards and laboratory safety
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Master's degree in a related field
  • Photoshop and graphic software mastery
  • Excellent teaching skills

    Performance Expectations:
    Integrity- Demonstrating respect, honesty and professionalism
    Compassion- Caring for students, patients, and colleagues and all humanity
    Excellence- Achieving quality in all that we do
    Collaboration- Working with others to recognize diverse perspectives and achieve mutual goals
    Intellectual Curiosity- Pursuing personal and professional growth
    Innovation- Embracing new practices to improve outcomes
    Heritage- Remain true to our Midwestern values and the guiding principles of osteopathic medicine
    Physical Requirements:
  • Hand/eye skills to follow directions for conducting dissections on human cadavers without injury
  • Physical dexterity sufficient to use hands, arms, and shoulders repetitively to operate a keyboard and other office equipment, use a telephone, access file cabinets and other items stored at various levels, including overhead
  • Ability to speak and hear well enough to communicate clearly and understandably with sufficient volume to ensure an accurate exchange of information in normal conversational distance, over the telephone, and in a group setting
  • Ability to continuously operate a personal computer for extended periods of time (4 or more hours)
  • Mental acuity sufficient to collect and interpret data, evaluate, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions
    The essential physical and mental requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    KCU is committed to promoting an equal employment opportunity workplace. Equal opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, genetic information (GINA), physical or mental disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, familial status, ancestry, military and/or veteran status, and/or any other status protected by applicable Federal, state or local law.

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    KCU is committed to providing a safe campus for students, faculty, and staff. Our annual campus security report lists campus crimes and statistics for the campus and public areas around campus for the last three years, in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

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    Who is KCU?
    Kansas City University (KCU), founded in 1916, is a fully accredited, private not-for-profit health sciences university with Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Biosciences and a developing College of Dental Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine is the sixth largest medical school in the nation, the ninth most impactful medical school in primary care for the nation, the tenth most affordable of private medical colleges, and the leading producer of physicians for the State of Missouri. The College of Osteopathic Medicine has two sites strategically located on the University’s campuses in Kansas City and Joplin, Missouri, to address the growing needs of both urban and rural populations. The University offers multiple graduate degrees: a doctor of osteopathic medicine; a doctor of psychology in clinical psychology; a master of arts in bioethics; a master of science in the biomedical sciences; a master of business administration in partnership with Rockhurst University; a new master of public health in partnership with the University of Nebraska Medical Center; and plans to seat the first doctor of dental medicine students in 2023.



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Kansas City has been home to KCU for more than 100 years. Now, KCU is proud to call Joplin, Missouri a second home. We’re constantly creating new programs such as the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program, an MS in biomedical science, specialized dual degrees and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. 

KCU has a long, rich history of osteopathic medicine. Founded in 1916 by George J. Conley, DO, KCU is the oldest medical school in Kansas City and the largest medical school in Missouri. 

Join KCU to become part of a progressive, diverse and inclusive community of which you can be proud, and leave a mark by making possible the education of future leaders in the health sciences.

It’s so much more than just a paycheck. It is more than our award-winning benefits, competitive compensation package and outstanding well-being program. The strength of our university is rooted in our talented group of people and our shared sense of purpose. We are a university founded on science and compassion that never stops working to ensure a future with both.

Nationally recognized benefits package to help ensure the health and well-being of you and your family.

  • Medical, Dental and Vision
  • FSA & HSA with Annual KCU Contribution
  • Voluntary Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Telehealth Services
  • Pharmacy Advocacy Program

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