Lecturer in Chemistry
Cornell University
United States

LSC Chemistry Lecturer

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. Every year, thousands of students utilize LSC office hours, tutorials, consultations, and workshops.


Cornell University’s Learning Strategies Center (lsc.cornell.edu) 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 twelve-month position. In addition to teaching during the fall and spring semesters, this person is responsible for the preparation and teaching (or co-teaching) 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. As teaching and learning shifts both nationally and in chemistry at Cornell, the candidate will develop alternative approaches to provide support for emerging student needs.

This is a three-year, renewable, 12-month academic appointment beginning in Summer 2021.


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 and/or Senior Associate 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 Canvas materials, and coordinating with the instructors of CHEM2070 and CHEM2080.
  • Attend the regular CHEM 2070 and 2080 course meetings and training sessions.
  • Leverage peer tutors to work with students during supplemental course sessions on group activities, worksheets, and to help answer students’ questions.
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with LSC and other colleagues to enhance students’ numeracy and quantitative problem-solving skills.

Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP)

  • Plan the chemistry instruction for the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP), including placement test design and coordination, textbook selection, and recruiting/interviewing undergraduate course assistants.
  • Participate in course assistant training. Course assistants are students who support the course and work with students enrolled in PSP chemistry.
  • Carry out scheduling, mentoring, and day-to-day operations of the course assistants, including study groups and office hours.
  • Teach (or co-teach) the PSP Chemistry course, which is part of the six-week summer session offerings at Cornell.
  • Continue to support PSP students during the academic year.
  • In collaboration with LSC leadership and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, assess the effectiveness of PSP Chemistry.

Peer tutoring support in chemistry

  • Recruit, interview, hire, and run a “General Chemistry Learning Strategies Center” in the afternoons and evenings, typically Sunday through Thursday, with undergraduate tutors for students enrolled in general chemistry courses.
  • 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 and Senior Associate Director, assess the effectiveness and impact of the peer-led learning support and consider additional support, locations, and modalities.
  • Submit reports on student use of peer-led learning support and recommendations for future support.

On-going needs and communication

  • Collaborate with the LSC Director and Senior Associate Director, as well as the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, to determine if there are alternatives to the current courses that would allow for more individualized preparation for and support of success in chemistry courses; Implement changes.
  • Explore new models of support (e.g., study groups); respond to changes in the way chemistry is taught as the curriculum changes.
  • Regularly reach out to faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology to increase awareness of LSC support for students in their courses.
  • Develop strategies, in consultation with faculty in Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, to communicate LSC support to students.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the university to enhance undergraduate learning across Cornell and the LSC’s supplemental Chemistry program.
  • Participate in LSC meetings and initiatives; make 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, specifically general chemistry concepts,
  • 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, assessment, and discipline-based chemistry education research is preferred.
  • Though not required, working knowledge of organic chemistry is encouraged.

Application Requirements

  • CV
  • General letter of interest
  • Teaching statement
  • Diversity statement
  • Past teaching evaluations by students, supervisors, or peers
  • Three (3) letters of reference

Finalists in the search will need to provide names and contact information of three people, including their most recent supervisor, able to provide information on their teaching and their ability to work with diverse students.

The Learning Strategies Center at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.

This position is located in Ithaca, New York and the successful applicant will be expected to work on the Ithaca campus, although they may be permitted to perform a portion of their work remotely, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s need to limit the number of on-campus employees.

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Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

No relocation assistance is provided for this position.

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