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Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor and Coordinator

Haverford College
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Full Time
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Haverford College invites applications to our full time, exempt (at least 37.5 hours per week), benefit eligible Organic Chemistry Lab Instructor and Coordinator position.

The Lab Instructor and Coordinator supports Chem 222, Organic Biological Chemistry, and Chem 225, Organic Reactions and Synthesis. Chem 222 labs are run in the fall semester, (4 to 5 lab sections with 2 TAs per lab section, engaging 75-100 students) and Chem 225 labs in the spring semester (3 to 4 lab sections with 2 TAs per lab section, engaging 70-85 students).

Essential Functions & Primary Responsibilities:

Job responsibilities include:
  • Engaging a diverse student body in learning foundational organic chemistry laboratory concepts and skills. This involves the inclusive instruction and supervision of Chem 222 labs and Chem 225 labs: ensuring safe operation of labs, providing safety training for students and TAs, holding ‘student hours' for answering student questions, and working closely with faculty member(s) teaching the lecture part of the course to create connections between both components of the course.
  • Managing the daily operation and maintenance of lab and lab experiments: assigning lab benches to students; verifying that benches are equipped with the proper glassware, small equipment and ancillary supplies; working with the Manager of Science Laboratories and Materials to purchase all consumables and chemicals needed for lab experiments; maintaining stock of these consumables and chemicals and preparing solutions needed for lab experiments; collaborating with the Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Instructor/Coordinator to plan the use of equipment and reagents that are shared between the instructional laboratories; maintaining a clean and functional lab, including balance areas, fume hoods, and properly handling chemical waste; contacting the Facilities Management department concerning problems with fume hoods, electrical outlets, etc.; working with the Chemistry Instrument Specialist to ensure that equipment and instruments are in good working order for the labs, and with Haverford's Instructional & Information Technology Services department on network, software installation and licensing issues.
  • Overseeing the teaching assistants (TAs) for the course. This includes the selection, supervision and coordination of TAs for the lab course (2 per lab section); aiding faculty in the identification of suitable TAs, providing and enforcing TA contracts (which contains the information of what is expected of each TA, including the safe supervision of labs, holding additional student hours); ensuring that TAs are properly trained on instruments to be used in the lab curriculum; enrolling TAs in the Enterprise Management ‘Workday' app; training TAs as needed to use Workday, and reviewing and approving TA hours in Workday.
  • With help from the TAs, providing numerical grade-scores and feedback to students based on the quality of their lab reports, lab notebooks and safe and efficient conduct in the laboratory. The grade-scores are shared with the primary (lecture) instructor of the course periodically during the semester, and in time to meet the grading deadline established by the College (typically 1-2 weeks after the end of Final Exam period).
  • Notifying student deans and/or the course lecturer of student behavior (absences, etc.) or low-quality or missing assignments.
  • Writing (on request; typically ca. 15 per year) letters of recommendation for enrolled students and/or TAs.
  • Preparing the lab space (E307) for use by outside users, such as the Center for Talented Youth (CTY), over the summer.
  • Developing the curriculum (primarily over the summer). This includes reviewing all labs and lab documentation; modify labs and documentation as needed based on recent experience and student feedback; and reviewing use of software and investigate alternatives; incorporating new instruments in curriculum when possible or as needed; updating lab equipment when possible or as needed; and developing new labs in consultation with the faculty members teaching the lecture part of the course.
  • Supporting department and College-wide efforts to provide a cohesive and inclusive educational experience for all members of our diverse student body. This includes collaborating with students, faculty and staff in finding ways to meet and improve our departmental anti-racism commitments ( ).
Line of Report: The Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor and Coordinator reports to the Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Education, Training, & Experience:

  • demonstrated ability and enthusiasm for teaching
  • excellent communication skills
  • laboratory experience involving organic synthesis
  • a Ph.D. in Chemistry, or equivalent professional experience
Physical Demands and Environmental Conditions Required of this Position
  • Lifting (to exert strength to move objects from one place to another):
    • Sedentary Lifting: (0-10 pounds)Up to three hours
    • Light Lifting (10-20 pounds):Up to three hours
    • Moderate Lifting (20-50 pounds):Never
    • Heavy Lifting (50 to 100 pounds):Never
  • Pulling (to exert force upon an abject to move or change its direction:Up to three hours
  • Pushing (to draw an object toward oneself to move or change its direction):Up to three hours
  • Carrying (to hold objects while moving entire body):Up to three hours
  • Reaching or working above shoulder (to extend arms upward or outward away from body):Up to three hours
  • Walking (to move entire body in erect position):Up to three hours
  • Standing (to maintain body in erect posture in stationary position):Three to six hours
  • Sitting (to rest weight on buttocks and back of thighs with legs bent at knees):Up to three hours
  • Crouching/Stooping (to bend upper body forward while fully flexing knees):Never
  • Kneeling (to maintain upper body in erect position while resting knees on ground):Never
  • Climbing (to ascend or descent heights using ladders, scaffolding, stairs, poles, inclined surfaces):Up to three hours
  • Twisting (to rotate upper body while feet remain stationary):Never
  • Driving (operating a motor vehicle, crane, tractor, forklift, etc.):Never
  • Exposure Limitation (i.e., some chemical fumes not captured by fume hoods):Up to three hours
Special Requirements: All faculty and staff (including contract workers) who are employed or engaged by Haverford College, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and provide proof of vaccination, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted as an accommodation or otherwise.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To Apply : Interested applicants are invited to complete an application, to include a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three (3) references by visiting . The review of applications will begin on March 28, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Failure to provide the required documents may result in lack of consideration. Haverford College does not sponsor work visas.

Haverford College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and providing equal opportunities and access to all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, disability, or veteran status. Women, non-binary and transgender individuals, people of color, Indigenous people, and those with other or multiple historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities are especially encouraged to apply. Haverford College and our consortial partners are located on Lenape la

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