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Instructor of Life Sciences

Arkansas State University, Newport

Arkansas State University, Newport

Newport, AR, USA · Jonesboro, AR, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Instructor of Life Sciences

Arkansas State University-Newport

The Instructor of Life Sciences provides effective instruction in the areas of Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology and related fields. This person facilitates meaningful learning of the course competencies and proactively supports all facets of the learning environment. This is a 9-month faculty position reporting to the Dean for STEM.

  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, laboratory performance, assignments, and papers.
  • Supervise students' laboratory work.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such in Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, Botany, and related courses at the college level.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
  • Establish, teach, and monitor students' compliance with safety rules for handling chemicals, equipment, and other hazardous materials
  • Supervise and monitor laboratory facilities in accordance with institutional, state, and federal safety guidelines.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction in both traditional and online classroom settings.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, and training sessions to keep abreast of developments in the field of study, and integrate relevant information into training programs.
  • Maintains accessibility to students via email, phone, or personal conferences. Maintains course/student records such as student grades, attendance, and training activity details
  • in accordance with FERPA regulations and submit records by established deadlines.
  • Keeps a flexible weekly schedule that best facilitates student learning and access.
  • Remains current in academic or program discipline, including maintaining licensure, certification, or continuing education requirements where appropriate. Receives training and stays abreast of current research and advances within the field of study to increase student engagement and practices that promote student learning.
  • Participates in college professional development activities.
  • Helps students identify and achieve their educational goals through participating in the college's advising process, as well as providing incidental academic advice to students in classes.
  • Posts and keeps office hours to facilitate interaction with students, the college community, and the public.
  • Serves on standing ad hoc committees, advisory boards, hiring committees, faculty senate, or as a student organization advisor. Attends local, regional, state, or national meetings where required or necessary for the discipline.
  • Mentors and assists in orienting new faculty, either formally or informally where appropriate or required by department or division.
  • Attends commencement or other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member's discipline or program. Attends departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings where appropriate or as required by supervisor. Performs other academically-related duties as assigned by instructor's supervisor.
  • Performs certain administrative or service duties in support of the Science program.
  • Performs any other related duties as required or assigned.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

When an individual accepts a teaching appointment at the college, he or she also accepts responsibilities and obligations as a professional educator. Under the supervision of the Division Dean, the faculty has as their chief duty the instruction of assigned classes. These duties take precedence over all others. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, faculty should assume responsibility for professional development, service to the college, and other duties as assigned by their supervisors. They are also obligated to abide by and support college policies. Faculty must be committed to the learning college philosophy as well as the goals and objectives of the university.

Each semester's instructional load will be assigned by the faculty member's supervisor, which will be determined by the nature of the position, the needs of the department, and workload guidelines established by college policy. Evening, weekend, as well as on-line instruction may be required.

Development of and participation in special college projects, development of new instructional techniques, development of an assessment plan in the discipline, student advising, and participation in other college and community service activities consistent with the mission of the college.

QUALIFICATIONS
Potential candidates should be able to instruct courses in Biology, Anatomy, Microbiology, Botany, and related fields appropriate to the two-year college level. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty mentioned satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum requirements include a Master’s Degree with 18 semester credit hours in the major area of concentration and a Doctorate is preferred. Experience in the use of instructional technology and online coursework as well as previous educational teaching experience is desirable.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR FUNDS, PROPERTY and EQUIPMENT
Shares responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of the lab equipment and facilities.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None.

COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Strong communication skills are required. Ability to write reports, correspondence, and policy/procedure manuals so others will understand; Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of students, faculty, administration or the general public. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand your instruction.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of known variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram formats.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED
Under general direction, working from policies and general directives. Rarely refers specific cases to supervisor unless clarification or interpretation of the organization's policy is required.

PLANNING
Considerable responsibility with regard to general assignments in planning time, method, manner, and/or sequence of performance of own work, in addition, the work operations of a group of students.

DECISION MAKING
Performs work operations which permit frequent opportunity for decision-making of minor importance and also frequent opportunity for decision-making of major importance, either of which would affect the work operations of small organizational component and the organization's clientele.

MENTAL DEMAND
Operations requiring close and continuous attention for control of operations. Operations requiring intermittent direct thinking to determine or select the most applicable way of handling situations regarding the organization's administration and operations; also to determine or select material and equipment where highly variable sequences are involved.

ANALYTICAL ABILITY / PROBLEM SOLVING
Moderately structured. Fairly broad activities using moderately structured procedures with only generally guided supervision. Interpolation of learned things in somewhat varied situations.

USE OF MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND/OR COMPUTERS
Regular use laboratory equipment as well as office equipment (desktop/laptop computer and software)

ACCURACY
Not indicated.

PUBLIC CONTACT
Regular contacts with students. Involves both furnishing and obtaining information.

EMPLOYEE CONTACT
Regular contact with other college employees at all levels within the organization.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Not Indicated.

PREFERRED CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Not Indicated

SOFTWARE SKILLS REQUIRED
Intermediate: Word Processing/Typing, Spreadsheet
Basic: Alphanumeric Data Entry, Database, Presentation/PowerPoint

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES
The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

While performing the functions of this job, the employee is continuously required to talk or hear; regularly required to stand; frequently required to walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to climb or balance.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS
There are potentially harmful environmental conditions that could be present in laboratory settings. Some equipment may be hazardous.

The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.