Preceptor in the Life Sciences

Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)
01 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
29 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Preceptor in the Life Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Molecular and Cellular Biology
Position Description

We seek applications for a Preceptor in the life sciences who will primarily have responsibility for Life Sciences 1a, a large introductory course for undergraduates that integrates chemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology. The appointment is expected to begin on May 1, 2018 or as soon as feasible. The preceptor will be responsible for designing and supervising the laboratory and discussion section components of the course; working with faculty to prepare assessments of student learning; supervising and training a staff of approximately 30 teaching fellows, as well as a team of undergraduates who run weekly help sessions; acting as primary liaison between instructional staff and the laboratory support group; maintaining grade books; and overseeing teaching fellow grading policies. Additionally, the Preceptor will be expected to contribute to other curricular activities in the life sciences, and coordinate with faculty to develop other innovative teaching materials.

The preceptorship, reporting to the faculty instructors of the course, is a non-ladder teaching position. The initial appointment is for one year, renewable on a yearly basis for up to eight years, contingent upon performance, enrollments, and curricular need.

Basic Qualifications

Doctorate in a Life Sciences field with demonstrated experience teaching undergraduate students in science.

Additional Qualifications

Proven expertise in chemistry, biochemistry, and/or molecular and cell biology. Superior organizational, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to lead and train teaching fellows and to manage relationships with hundreds of undergraduate students. Experience in designing problem sets and laboratory exercises strongly preferred.

Special Instructions

Please submit the following materials through the ARIES portal (http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/8146), no later than April 15, 2018:
1. Cover letter
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Please ask three referees to submit their letter of reference to your file at this site; the application is complete only when all three letters have been submitted.

Contact Information

Polina Kehayova
Scientific Director,
Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology
16 Divinity Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

Contact Email kehayova@fas.harvard.edu

Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Minimum Number of References Required 3 Maximum Number of References Allowed 5 Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents Required Documents

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents