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Director of Undergraduate Laboratories

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Screening of applications will begin March 30, 2018, and continue until the position has been filled. Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements. At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume. Within the online application, please include contact information for at least three professional (3) references.

Posting Details

Position Details

Employee Type AP-Administrative Professional
University Title Instructional Lab Supervisor
Working Title Director of Undergraduate Laboratories
College/Area College of Arts and Sciences
Department Physics and Astronomy
Department Link

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Position Number 83305
Hiring Unit Physics & Astronomy
Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99164
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
Summary of Duties

The Instructional Lab Supervisor is responsible for assigning and overseeing approximately 25-30 graduate teaching assistants for the introductory physics and astronomy labs each semester, including weekly lab training sessions. This position will plan and present orientation program for new graduate students in August. This position will develop and/or modify introductory lab experiments and student manuals for the introductory physics laboratories. This position is responsible for supervising lab support positions. This position will develop, prepare and submit educational and training grant applications periodically, and develop fiscal plan and budget for use of student lab fees.

Additional Information

The Department
The Department of Physics and Astronomy comprises a small but highly productive faculty, leading international research across a diverse set of fields (physics.wsu.edu/research). The department is actively growing, and encourages innovation in both research and pedagogy. The Director of Undergraduate Laboratories is expected to drive transformative change in all aspects of our undergraduate laboratory courses — impacting roughly 2000 students each year (fall, spring, and summer semesters) — using current accepted best practices to improve course content, materials, schedule, and pedagogy. Innovation is supported and encouraged. This is a permanent position, with opportunities for further professional development.


The College
The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest academic unit in the WSU system and a powerhouse of research, scholarly, and creative activity.

Comprised of social, natural, and physical sciences, humanities, mathematics, and the arts, the college’s foundational disciplines provide a strong framework for educational and research activities across the institution and fully support the University’s goal to advance knowledge through innovative scholarship and research.

The College is united by the spirit of inquiry, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, and strengthened by the college’s service to the community.


The City
Pullman is a dynamic center of higher education, research, and culture located in a region called the Palouse. The region is home to two land grant universities, Washington State University and the University of Idaho located just eight miles to the east in Moscow, Idaho. Washington’s second-largest city, Spokane, is located 75 miles north of Pullman. Demographics Daily designated Pullman a “dreamtown,” reflecting the city’s exceptionally high quality of life. Bloomberg Businessweek named Pullman the “Best Places to Raise Your Kids” in Washington. The city also boasts one of the highest percentages of graduate degrees among U.S. micropolitan areas, and its public school system has been ranked among the top 100 in the country. Excellent outdoor recreation opportunities—including golfing, skiing, hiking, and boating—are just a short drive away.

To learn more about the Pullman community, visit pullmanchamber.com


Benefits Package
Competitive benefits available, more details at hrs.wsu.edu/benefits

Appointment Status Permanent
Job Appointment (FTE%)

100%

Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Position Qualifications

Required Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the discipline which has included at least one (1) year of lead experience. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience exclusive of the lead experience.

Additional Requirements

Demonstrated competence in teaching and/or curriculum development is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with a graduate degree in Physics or related field.
Experience in supervision of staff and/or teaching assistants is desirable.
Experience with computer-based laboratories and web-based support materials is desirable.

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check

Posting Detail Information

Open Date 02/16/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Screening of applications will begin March 30, 2018, and continue until the position has been filled.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter and resume. Within the online application, please include contact information for at least three professional (3) references.

EEO Statement

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Posting Number 20134011P

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

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  1. * The classification requirements for this position are a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in the discipline which has included at least one (1) year of lead experience. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience exclusive of the lead experience. Do you meet these classification requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
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