Cornell University, Vice Provost Units

Position ID:Cornell University-Vice Provost Units-LSCCHEMLEC [#13072]
Position Title: Lecturer, Chemistry
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Chemistry / all subdisciplinary areas of chemistry
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/01/04, finished 2019/04/10)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

About the Learning Strategies Center: The Learning Strategies Center (LSC) is the central academic support unit for all undergraduates at Cornell University. Through program offerings that encourage students to develop effective approaches to mastering the academic rigors of Cornell, the LSC strives actively to engage students in the learning process and support their efforts to become more successful and independent learners. We are committed to addressing the emerging needs of Cornell’s diverse student body – in order that all students meet and exceed Cornell University’s high academic standards. Last year, more than 20,000 student visits were made to LSC office hours, tutorials, consultations, and workshops.

Description: Cornell University’s Learning Strategies Center ( seeks an experienced instructor to teach our current active learning based courses designed to strengthen the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in Cornell’s rigorous introductory general chemistry courses. This is a nine month position. In addition to teaching during the fall and spring semesters, this person is responsible for the preparation of the chemistry components of the University’s Prefreshman Summer Program. The successful candidate will facilitate learning activities that support students, develop the needed materials, hold extensive office hours, and supervise undergraduate tutors. The candidate will also have experience training, managing, and mentoring undergraduates to provide peer-led learning support. The candidate will contribute to the assessment of the courses they teach and of the peer-led learning support programs. The candidate will be responsive to the ongoing development of alternative approaches to provide support for emerging student needs.

This is a three-year renewable 9-month academic appointment beginning in Fall 2019.

Responsibilities: As a member of the Learning Strategies Center, the candidate is expected to participate in LSC meetings and initiatives and meet regularly with the Director of the LSC. In collaboration with the LSC Director, the instructor will assess the effectiveness of chemistry support in fostering student learning and success, and coordinate and implement changes to the LSC chemistry support program as needed.


  • Teach the LSC’s current Chemistry courses:

  • CHEM1007, which prepares students for success in CHEM2070 (General chemistry I).

  • CHEM1008, which prepares students for success in CHEM2080 (General chemistry II).

  • Teach chemistry problems solving sessions that provide students in general chemistry with problem solving strategies.

  • Be familiar with course content and materials for CHEM2070 and CHEM2080 by regularly attending class, reviewing Blackboard materials, and coordinating with the instructors of CHEM2070 and CHEM2080.

  • Filter the content of those courses into activities and materials for weekly sections that enhance conceptual learning and help students succeed.

  • Extensively utilize active learning strategies.

  • Include in the support transferable skills that incorporate successful strategies for the deep learning of chemistry, such as critical thinking and reading, effective note-taking, exam preparation, stress and time management, and procrastination reduction.

  • Promote the development of the ability to learn in groups and independently.

  • Offer at least seven (7) regular office hours per week.

  • Provide feedback on students’ academic progress.

  • Plan the chemistry instruction for the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP), including placement test design and coordination, textbook selection, and recruiting/interviewing undergraduate course assistants.

Peer tutoring support in chemistry:

  • Recruit, interview, hire, and run a “General Chemistry Learning Strategies Center” in the afternoons and evenings Sunday through Thursday with undergraduate tutors for students enrolled in general chemistry courses.

  • Recruit, interview, and hire undergraduate chemistry tutors.

  •  Coordinate/schedule tutor assignments for tutoring hours.

  •   Meet regularly with tutors to discuss effective teaching and facilitation strategies and other topics as needed.

  • Collaborate with the LSC to train and support tutors, and coordinate student peer-observations of tutoring.

  • Review and revise the current chemistry tutoring program.

  • In collaboration with the LSC Director, assess the effectiveness and impact of the peer-led learning support and consider additional support and locations.A

  • Submit reports on student use of peer-led learning support and recommendations for future support.


The successful candidate will be a dynamic educator and have a demonstrated ability to connect with and mentor students. They will have:

  • An advanced degree in chemistry or related field, or in teaching chemistry (at least MA or MS is required, and a PhD is preferred),

  • Substantive knowledge of chemistry,

  • Experience teaching college level chemistry using a variety of methods,

  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in enthusiastically supporting the academic achievement of diverse students,

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision and have a team-oriented approach to student learning, and

  • Experience in curricular development and assessment preferred.

Application Requirements

  1. CV

  2. General letter of interest

  3. Teaching statement

  4. Past teaching evaluations

Candidates may be asked to provide past teaching evaluations. In addition, applicants may be asked to provide names and contact information of three people able to provide information on the applicant’s teaching and their ability to work with diverse students.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

 Diversity and inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. WE are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
337 Pine Tree Road
Ithaca, NY 14850

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