Preceptor, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories

at University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, United States

Job Description

Preceptor, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories

Job no: 500138

College / VP Area:College of Arts & Sciences

Work type: Staff

Location: Newark

Categories: Full Time, Trainers & Educators

Pay Grade: 30E

Context of the Job:

Under the general direction of the Director, the Preceptor supports instruction of an integrated introductory biology and chemistry course sequence or introductory physical science course. They facilitate and enhance the meaningful learning of predominantly first-year students enrolled in an integrated course sequence by acting as a liaison between students, faculty, and staff. This requires strong, interdisciplinary content knowledge (chemistry, biology, and/or physics), commitment to the use of evidence-based teaching methods, and pursuit of scholarly activities associated with teaching and learning. The Preceptor contributes to the development of curricular materials and mentoring of students, including graduate and undergraduate members of the teaching team. They work collaboratively with faculty from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and other closely affiliated units to create a dynamic and responsive learning environment that enhances student inquiry, engagement, and impactful learning while nurturing inclusive academic growth of a diverse student body.

Within the prescribed guidelines of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories’ (ISLL) learning environment, the Preceptor will work with the Director, faculty, graduate student teaching assistants, undergraduate student peer tutors, laboratory technicians, and instructional technology support staff to provide an open-ended inquiry environment for collaborative student learning.

Major Responsibilities:

+ In collaboration with faculty, facilitate instructional delivery in the ISLL classrooms and associated laboratories.

+ Lead active learning modules in the classroom or laboratory to help students acquire a meaningful understanding of experimental work by linking lab material to concepts explored in biology, chemistry, and/or physics lectures.

+ Design, test, and iteratively implement engaging activities for laboratory and lecture components in close collaboration with senior lab technicians, technology specialists, and faculty.

+ Monitor student progress to target and implement meaningful interventions, hold regular office hours, and serve as a mentor to students and graduate teaching assistants.

+ Attend and contribute to the ISLL’s staff meetings, workshops, and professional development opportunities with partners on campus.

+ Work with the director and a faculty mentor to develop and instruct new courses, lead educational outreach projects, collaborate on educational research projects aligned with the ISLL program goals and advance the mission of ISLL or science education

+ Participate in research projects directed by University of Delaware faculty and graduate students on student learning. Write comprehensive annual reports on their professional activities, publications, conferences, workshops, etc.

+ Regularly convene with all members of the teaching team to serve as the primary liaison between all course components to promote alignment between course components, facilitate communication between faculty, teaching assistants, administrative, technological and laboratory staff, and lead or co-lead laboratory training sessions and run-throughs.

+ Attend and contribute to the ISLL’s staff meetings, workshops, and professional development opportunities with partners on campus.

+ Work daily with colleagues and staff members to address the learning needs of students, helping them develop scientific skills of investigation, quantitative analysis, evidence-based reasoning, communication, peer review,as well as growth in scientific knowledge, creativity, and reflective self-criticism.

+ Study and maintain knowledge of current research literature in science, mathematics, and engineering education and has specific knowledge in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, or educational technology.

+ Mentors, advises and supervises graduate student teaching assistants and undergraduate student peer tutors.

+ Conduct formative evaluation of student learning throughout courses and participate in iterative improvement of courses based on evaluations.

+ Maintain student records, contribute to recommendations for individual students, and participate in decision making for undergraduate research opportunities.

+ Comply with applicable Delaware laws and regulations.


+ Master’s degree and two years of teaching experience (may include experience as a teaching assistant) in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) discipline or in a Discipline-Based Educational Research program in STEM. Ph.D., Ed.D. or M.S. in Biological or Chemical Sciences, Physics, or related discipline preferred.

+ Ability to work collaboratively and effectively with an interdisciplinary team.

+ Adept at learning to implement and coach the use of new education or science technologies.

+ Familiarity with current discipline-based education research and technologies in relevant field.

+ Awareness of student-centered active learning pedagogies that engage students in open-ended inquiry in a collaborative learning environment is preferred.

+ Familiarity with research literature on STEM education, PBL, and progressive 21st century learning expectations.

+ Knowledge in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, or educational technology.

+ Fluent written and oral communication skills.

+ Ability to explain difficult concepts in terms that students with different learning styles and heterogeneous talents understand.

+ Ability to use formative assessment of student’s progress, strengths, and weaknesses to develop strategies to facilitate learning and motivate development of effective learner’s mind set.

+ Ability to provide a supportive, inclusive, and caring environment for students.

+ Knowledge of Problem-Based Learning or another very similar approach to engaging students in open-ended inquiry in a collaborative learning environment.

+ Ability to analyze data about students’ progress, strengths, and weaknesses and use that information to develop strategies to help students learn.

+ Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.

+ Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

Special Requirements:

+ Requires compliance with Delaware regulations including applicable laws and regulations.

+ Successful completion of criminal background check, child protection and adult abuse registry checks, health examination and TB test.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

The University of Delaware does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, disability, religion, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in its employment, educational programs and activities, admissions policies, and scholarship and loan programs as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies. The University of Delaware also prohibits unlawful harassment including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

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Job Posting: JC243117275

Posted On: Jul 02, 2023

Updated On: Feb 23, 2024

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