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Teaching Specialist (Biological Sciences)

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY
Weill Cornell Medical College
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Position Summary

The primary responsibilities of the Teaching Specialist \(Biological Sciences\) will be to provide teaching support to the faculty, laboratory staff and students in the Premedical and Foundation Biological Sciences courses\. Currently, WCM\-Q offerings in Biological Sciences include premedical lecture and lab course sequences and foundation level course sequences \(Fall and Spring semesters\)\. Additional courses or course modules that may require support include Biochemistry and Human Genetics, for instance\. Primary activities of the Teaching Specialist will relate to working with small groups and one\-on\-one student teaching as well as assisting with assessment\.

At the request of the Associate Dean for Premedical Education, all Teaching Specialists may be asked to support other courses and activities, including but not limited to, outreach and student recruitment, and support of students in the medical curriculum\.

Job Responsibilities

+ Attend course lectures, recitations, and review sessions \(as requested by supervising faculty member\) and maintain student attendance records, if required by the faculty\.

+ Remain current with the content of the course\(s\) and learn new content as course\(s\) evolve\(s\)\.

+ Hold formal walk\-in office hours for small\-group or one\-on\-one student help as well as meet with students upon request by appointment\.

+ Support the students in other productive ways when necessary, including additional small group tutorial/help sessions prior to examinations or when appropriate\.

+ Assist faculty in the creation of practice materials, including, but not limited to answer keys, for students\. Participate in and/or facilitate recitations and review sessions as requested by faculty member\.

+ If required, assist in the design of new teaching modules to promote effective teaching and learning to reflect modern pedagogy in biological sciences\.

+ Proctor quizzes and examinations as well as assist with grading of hand\-in assignments/papers, quizzes and exams, as required

+ Assist in maintaining current course content on the WCM\-Q Learning Management System including uploading files, preparing online quizzes, sending broadcast messages to students, etc\.

+ The Teaching Specialist, in addition to being present for all lab sessions, will be expected to introduce and lead one formal laboratory session each week and will act as support to assist in supervision of students, as needed, in other sessions

+ Prepare/support preparation and delivery of brief pre\-lab presentations\. Responsible for communicating and assuring compliance of proper laboratory safety protocols by the students\. Assess student performance during in\-lab sessions

+ Perform experiments and/or technical procedures prior to the laboratory sessions and, if required by faculty, assist laboratory staff in setting up for weekly experiments\.

+ Perform small group and/or one\-on\-one instruction to students in the proper and safe operation of laboratory instruments \(e\.g\. digital pipettes, microscopes, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, PCR cyclers, etc\.\) as well as data processing\.

+ Assist, if required, in the development of new laboratory topics and design experimental procedures and assessment methods

+ Primary responsibilities will be in the Biological Sciences courses\. However, based on relevant skills and training, and at request of the Associate Dean for Premedical Education, Teaching Specialists may be asked to assist in some of the following ways:

+ In other courses within their expertise, proctor during exams in courses outside primary responsibility, support students in preparation for the Medical College Admissions Test, assist in pre\-college and/or outreach activities, orientation activities

+ Performs other related duties as assigned\.


+ Master's Degree in related field


+ Graduate \(Master or higher\) degree in Biological Sciences \(or closely related field\)\.

+ Previous teaching experience at the college level highly desirable\.

+ Knowledge of basic concepts of statistical analysis, including experimental design, statistical testing, data processing and assessment desirable

+ Experience in scientific writing, editing, poster design and oral presentation at professional conferences an advantage

+ Proficiency with a variety of laboratory instrumentation and techniques, including but not limited to digital pipetting, microscopy, centrifugation, spectrophotometry, PCR, basic microbiology procedures as well as dissection of animals desirable

+ Evidence of effective problem\-solving skills and ability to multi\-task \(e\.g\. as illustrated through previous research or similar experiences\) would be seen as an asset\.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse populations and cultures\.

+ Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint\.

+ Advanced verbal/written and English communication and presentation skills\.

Working Conditions/Physical Demands

+ Work is completed in office, classroom and teaching laboratory environment and requires movement between lab benches to provide instructional support\.

+ The job requires extended and varying work hours to meet demands\.

Licenses and Certifications

Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar was established in 2001 as a partnership between Cornell University and Qatar

Foundation\. The first medical school in Qatar and a pioneer of coeducation at university level, WCM\-Q offers an integrated program of pre\-medical and medical studies leading to the Cornell University M\.D\. degree\. Teaching is by Cornell and Weill Cornell faculty, including physicians at Hamad Medical Corporation \(HMC\) who hold Weill Cornell appointments\.

Enrollment has grown rapidly from 25 first year pre\-medical students in fall 2002 to over 200 students from more than 30 countries as we entered our sixth year of operation in September 2007\.

WCM\-Q is part of Weill Cornell Medical College, which was founded in New York City over 100 years ago, and shares the same mission:

+ to provide the finest education possible for medical students

+ to conduct research at the cutting edge of knowledge

+ to improve health care both now and for future generations

+ to provide the highest quality of care to the community

Weill Cornell Medicine\-Qatar is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled employer\.
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