Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:30 - 4:30
Education Level Master's degree in a relevant field of study
Career Level Requires 3 years of relevant experience
Hourly Rate $29.38 - $41.32 per hour
An Instructional Assistant is required in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, primarily to support the provision of laboratory instruction in the 1st year General Chemistry service courses (Chem 1A03/1E03/1AA3). This position may also be required to support other Chemistry undergraduate courses, including the 2nd Year Organic Chemistry service courses (Chem 2OA3 / 2OB3).
Responsible for providing pedagogical and technical support to instructors, teaching assistants and students. Designs and modifies laboratory experiments, tutorial sessions, and lesson plans in accordance with the curriculum priorities of the instructor within an academic unit, department, or faculty. Forecasts operating budgets for lab and tutorial courses. Ongoing responsibility for supervising up to nine (9) Teaching Assistants.
Representative Duties & Responsibilities
Design, adapt, and modify laboratory experiments and tutorial sessions.
Modify and adapt test procedures and equipment to meet specialized requirements.
Forecast budgets and proposed expenditures for new program proposals, and for operating lab and tutorial courses.
Write and design lesson plans in accordance to the curriculum priorities of the instructor.
Provide formal supervision to teaching assistants and other part-time staff.
Communicate curriculum to teaching assistants that is to be covered in tutorial sessions.
Review current educational research literature to ensure curriculum follows best practices in teaching, education and learning.
Organize and coordinate teaching laboratories, computer-based instruction, and tutorial classes accordingly.
Introduce and demonstrate labs or tutorial sessions to students.
Tutor students in programs and assist students with lab work.
Train others on proper lab techniques, operating laboratory equipment, and on running efficient and effective tutorial sessions.
Compose test questions and assignments, and prepare solution sheets for review by others.
Assist staff with the preparation and set up of equipment and supplies for laboratories and tutorial sessions.
Organize and monitor the on-line learning environment for courses in an academic unit, department, or faculty by ensuring that the appropriate course content information is made available to students.
Write a variety of documents such as procedure manuals, correspondence, and reports.
Prepare a variety of lecture materials including presentation slides and handouts.
Provide guidance, advice, and solutions to teaching assistants when resolving student inquiries.
Provide teaching assistants with appropriate teaching material as specified by the instructor.
Ensure accurate grading of assignments is completed by teaching assistants and report discrepancies to the instructor.
Correspond and meet with students to address concerns related to the course including, but not limited to, the resolution of contested grades.
Liaise with instructors, teaching assistants, and students to ensure information within the academic unit is understood by all parties.
Exchange technical and scientific information amongst colleagues.
Operate, adjust, and maintain a variety of equipment and instruments.
Troubleshoot equipment and perform minor repairs. Ensure major repair requests are escalated to the appropriate area.
Assign tutorials to teaching assistants and arrange teaching assistant office hours.
Section classes at the beginning of the year, dealing with all scheduling changes, room reservations, and scheduling conflicts.
Assess the need for laboratory equipment and provide recommendations for the acquisition of materials and equipment.
Calibrate laboratory equipment according to established calibration standards.
Collect, track, and safeguard student marks and tests.
Calculate student marks and submit final grades to appropriate areas.
Input, maintain, and verify information in a variety of databases and spreadsheets.
Pipette a variety of reagents and media.
Prepare chemical reagents and biomedical media according to formulae and assume responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions.
Ensure that all laboratory waste is disposed of according to established policies and procedures.
An undergraduate degree in Chemistry (or equivalent) is required
A thorough knowledge of general chemical laboratory skills is required
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word; understanding of general computer systems and networks
Ability to multi-task in a high volume environment
Experience with course management in Avenue2Learn and Mosaic is required
Knowledge of McMaster policies and procedures in relation to undergraduate course administration would be considered an asset (e.g. Academic Integrity, accommodations etc.)
How To Apply
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