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Faculty of Human and Social Sciences

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Author pmnationtalk
Date April 15, 2019
Type Full Time
Company Wilfrid Laurier University
Salary $34.26 - $42.83 - Per Hour
Location Brantford,On
Category Social Services
Client Wilfrid Laurier University
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Posting ID : 10267
Apply By : 4/16/2019
Position Title : Lab Coordinator, Psychology
Department : Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
Job Type : Part-time, Continuing
Campus : Brantford
Reports To : Senior Administrative Officer, FHSS
Position Summary :

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus, university known for academic excellence and a culture that inspires lives of leadership and purpose. Laurier has a distinct commitment to teaching, research, experiential learning, sustainability and scholarship, which combine to address critical challenges in society, business, the economy and the environment – globally and in the communities we serve. At Laurier’s heart is its strong student focus, which results in exceptional levels of student satisfaction and a deep sense of community that lives on through the university’s highly engaged alumni.

Laurier takes pride in building meaningful relationships with colleagues and students. The Laurier community supports one another, encourages collaboration and teamwork and respects work/life balance, all while recognizing the importance of a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career. Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto.

Diversity is one of Laurier’s core values. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

We currently have an opportunity to join the Laurier community as a Lab Coordinator, Psychology.

The Lab Coordinator is responsible for co-ordinating lab-based instruction in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Psychology Program in the area of research design and statistics at the Brantford Campus. In consultation with course instructors, the incumbent develops and refines laboratory content, leads some labs, trains and supervises graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) (if applicable) who provide lab demonstration and instruction, is responsible for the smooth and efficient functioning of these labs , and ensures that the labs contribute to the educational goals of the courses involved. The Lab Co-ordinator also conducts and supervises grading of regular written and web-based assignments. They consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours. The Lab Co-ordinator regularly revises and enhances the structure and content of labs and assignments. They assess the potential for more or new technology-based course enhancements, and makes recommendations to the faculty or the Program Coordinator concerning these enhancements.

The Lab Coordinator is responsible for co-ordinating lab-based instruction in the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences, Psychology Program in the area of research design and statistics at the Brantford Campus. In consultation with course instructors, the incumbent develops and refines laboratory content, leads some labs, trains and supervises graduate student Teaching Assistants (TAs) (if applicable) who provide lab demonstration and instruction, is responsible for the smooth and efficient functioning of these labs , and ensures that the labs contribute to the educational goals of the courses involved. The Lab Co-ordinator also conducts and supervises grading of regular written and web-based assignments. They consult with students during regularly scheduled office hours. The Lab Co-ordinator regularly revises and enhances the structure and content of labs and assignments. They assess the potential for more or new technology-based course enhancements, and makes recommendations to the faculty or the Program Coordinator concerning these enhancements. Please note that this position requires flexibility in hours of work as the successful candidate will be required to work some evenings and weekends.

Accountabilities : Labs
  • Designs labs for courses in Research Methods and Statistics (PS295, PS296); routinely reviews and updates lab content, assignments, and tests in consultation with the course instructor(s);
  • If applicable, trains and supervises graduate student TAs; reviews theory and background and other information relevant to lab content to ensure their preparation for in-lab work;
  • Provides laboratory instruction as required;
      • oversees evaluation of student performance in the labs;
  • Ensures that equipment, including computers, is functioning for labs; arranges for repairs and maintenance as required;
  • Ensures software is available and functioning as required;
  • Works with Information Technology Services to ensure software updates are conveniently scheduled;
  • Audits course lectures periodically to ensure relevance of lab material and sequencing;
  • Evaluates lab quality and effectiveness; methods may include surveys.

Written assignments

  • Develops regular lab assignments to complement course content;
  • If applicable, trains and supervises graduate TAs in grading regular assignments to ensure fair and uniform grading practices;
  • maintains records of grades on assignments.

Student support

 

  • If applicable, trains and supervises graduate TAs in tutoring students individually and in groups, as needed, during regularly scheduled office hours;
  • If applicable, trains and supervises graduate TAs in directing and supporting students in the development of professional work habits and efficient use of finite resources; pedagogical objectives include improving student skills in tackling problems, relating to working with peers, time management, choosing efficient learning techniques, and structured approaches.
  • If applicable, evaluates the performance of graduate TAs; evaluation tools may include an evaluation survey, provides feedback to graduate TAs

Other

  • Advises the course instructor(s) on opportunities for technological advances in the labs, including web-based learning opportunities; co-ordinates implementation of technology-based course improvements;

Qualifications :

  • Master’s degree in Psychology or a related area;
  • Two or more years of experience strongly preferred;
  • well-developed knowledge in research ethics, research design and statistics;
  • proven ability to satisfy the hands-on educational needs of Psychology students in research design and statistics, including the ability to adapt instructional tools and lab materials to meet these needs;
  • pedagogical skill in optimizing the operation and educational value of formal Psychology labs;
  • teaching, training, and supervisory experience strongly preferred;
  • in-depth familiarity with use and interpretation of relevant computing packages, including SPSS, Sample Power 2; ability to evaluate new software as available, including Desire2Learn;
  • proven organization and multi-tasking skills; ability to work independently and meet deadlines;
  • proven ability to solve on-line practical and/or technical problems in lab settings;
  • well-developed team management, organizational, and leadership skills; strong interpersonal skills;
  • exceptional attention to detail;
  • in-depth familiarity with current ethical standards and requirements for research involving human participants; ability to apply ethics standards to quantitative and qualitative individual research projects and make recommendations for appropriate change;
  • exceptional communication and presentation skills; ability to communicate credibly and persuasively with university personnel and members of the external public;
  • knowledge of psychological testing instruments and their application.
Grade : EX-H
Salary : $34.26 – $42.83
Salary Notes : This is a part-time, continuing position. Hours of work are 5 hours per week from May 1 to July 31 and 15 hours per week from August 1 to April 30. The anticipated start date for this position is May 13, 2019.

Please Note : Please submit a cover letter and resume.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier’s Employee Success Factors. 

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any sexual identities and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at jbecker@wlu.ca. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Employment Equity and Accessibility at diversity@wlu.ca. We have strived to make our application process accessible however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext.2007 or hr@wlu.ca.
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