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Become A Chemistry Instructor

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Working As A Chemistry Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $68,880

    Average Salary

What Does A Chemistry Instructor Do At Santa Rosa Junior College

* POSITION DESCRIPTION_
* SRJC offers courses at two campuses, located in Santa Rosa and Petaluma, as well as multiple satellite locations within the district, including on-line.
* While this assignment is for the Santa Rosa campus, please note the district reserves the right of assignment to any location, and that assignments could involve any combination of day, evening, or online classes with weekly office hours being mandatory.
* Instructors assume responsibility for maintaining currency in the field, for updating existing courses and developing new curricula (including courses that serve community needs, such as short, non-credit, or online courses), assisting in the assessment of student learning outcomes, participating in department activities and other college service such as committee work, managing laboratories, and participating in community outreach on behalf of the college

What Does A Chemistry Instructor Do At Galileo Headquarters

* For Camp Galileo Lead Instructors (K
* th grade): Review curriculum for your subject prior to staff training; read and learn curriculum for your subject prior to the start of camp.
* Prepare for and deliver three rotations of Galileo curriculum per day in either art, science or outdoors to groups of up to 24 campers, typically repeating the lesson with three different groups of campers in the same age group
* For Galileo Summer Quest Lead Instructors (5th
* th grade): Review curriculum for your major(s) prior to staff training; read, learn and complete any necessary supplemental training to develop fluency in your major(s) (time varies based on position, but will be reviewed by your Camp Director).
* Prepare lesson materials and deliver 5 hours of instruction per day to groups of up to 24 campers
* Implement the curriculum as written, adapting it as needed to improve the camper experience or accommodate individual campers
* Provide leadership, energy and camp spirit, constantly assessing group dynamics and the needs of individual campers
* Supervise Assistant Instructors while they are working in your classroom and inspire them to become excellent instructors
* Set, work toward, and achieve measurable professional development goals
* Support camper check-in and check-out processes
* Provide excellent customer service to families by communicating with them on a daily basis about their camper’s experience
* Assist with daily set up and cleanup of camp
* Contribute to and participate in daily opening and closing ceremonies, all-camp activities, and snack & lunch supervision and programming
* WORK HOURS AND DATES
* The camp environment is demanding, requiring intense dedication and work ethic from each staff member.
* Depending on the time of summer or the specific week or day, the needs of camp and resulting staff hours may vary.
* We seek and make offers to staff who we believe are capable of thriving in this environment and contributing to camp’s success.
* General Camp Staff Hours Information:
* Staff may work anytime between 7:30am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
* Number of hours and start/finish time will vary by site, position and day
* Staff meetings: During regular work hours before or after the start of programming
* Before setup days begin, complete between 2
* hours of online training
* Training and setup days: Participate in two mandatory training and setup days in the days before camp starts
* Camp cleanup: Participate in cleaning and packing up camp for an additional 5
* hours, typically an extra 1
* hours at the end of each day during the final week of camp.
* On the last day of camp all staff stay on site until cleanup is complete, which will be 6pm at the earliest
* Position
* Specific Hours Information:
* The camp day runs, on average, 8
* hours for Lead Instructors.
* Lead Instructors typically work 7:45am
* pm.
* COMPENSATION
* We are committed to competitively compensating staff.
* Regarding compensation:
* Lead Instructors are compensated at a regular hourly rate of $13
* per hour, dependent on work location, education level, and courses taught
* Staff will be compensated at a different hourly rate (training rate) for 2
* hours of online training to be completed before camp, and for 2 days on-site setup/training.
* Training and setup day hours will be compensated at a regular hourly rate of $11
* per hour
* Summer staff positions are temporary, seasonal positions and do not include health benefits or paid vacation time
* Overtime will be paid at 1
* x the regular hourly rate in accordance with state and federal requirements
* Payroll is processed weekly; payments will be issued and paystubs made available the Friday after each camp week
* SUPERVISION GIVEN/RECEIVED
* General supervision, ongoing observation and evaluation is provided by Camp Director

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How To Become A Chemistry Instructor

Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Real Chemistry Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Instructor of Chemistry University of Hartford West Hartford, CT Aug 05, 2010 $83,710
Chemistry Instructor Stark State College North Canton, OH May 18, 2010 $77,803
Chemistry Instructor, Postsecondary Schools Pasadena Community College District Pasadena, CA Dec 13, 2007 $77,280
Chemistry Instructor, Postsecondary Schools Pasadena Community College District Pasadena, CA Mar 06, 2008 $77,280
Adjunct Chemistry Instructor Southwestern Michigan College Niles, MI Jan 15, 2014 $74,610
Adjunct Chemistry Instructor Southwestern Michigan College Niles, MI Jan 09, 2014 $74,610
Instructor In Chemistry Luther College Decorah, IA Aug 27, 2014 $68,996
Adjunct Chemistry Instructor Southwestern Michigan College Dowagiac, MI Oct 24, 2013 $65,741 -
$119,689
Chemistry Instructor/Teacher K&B Education Group LLC MA Oct 15, 2011 $64,800
Chemistry Instructor/Teacher K&B Education Group LLC MA Oct 01, 2011 $64,800

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Top Skills for A Chemistry Instructor

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Top Chemistry Instructor Skills

  1. Laboratory Experiments
  2. Lab Courses
  3. Science Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared and supervised laboratory experiments; performed chemical demonstrations.
  • Designed and led lecture and laboratory experiments for Introductory and Organic Chemistry lab Courses at the Undergraduate College level.
  • Designed, implemented and paralleled science curriculum with lesson plans engaging to students from various multicultural backgrounds.
  • Led district-wide in-service on classroom management.
  • Created weekly lesson plans and quizzes to further students' understanding of Physics and Chemistry Levels 1&2.

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