Director, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL)

The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware
Dec 06, 2017
Feb 04, 2018
Field of specialization
Analytical, Biological, General / Technical
Job Type
Full time

Director, Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL)
The University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware


The University of Delaware invites applications and nominations for the Director of the DuPont Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories (ISLL) ( The successful candidate will have a scholarly record commensurate with appointment as a tenured faculty member in an appropriate STEM department at the University of Delaware. The position is open to candidates with a scholarly specialization in any area of laboratory science or science education, especially those dedicated to interdisciplinary science. The start date of the position is September 1, 2018.

The successful candidate will exhibit a strong record of scholarship and teaching, evidence of academic leadership experience, and the desire to lead an innovative program of undergraduate foundational science education at the University of Delaware. Knowledge and experience with discipline based education research, including assessment and evaluation, is preferred. The Director will bring visionary leadership and management to the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories and nurture the academic growth of a diverse student body and teaching team.  The Director will work collaboratively with faculty and staff from partner departments including Biological Sciences, Chemistry & Biochemistry, and Physics, and other affiliated campus units including University staff and administrators.  We are particularly interested in applicants who have a demonstrated commitment to excellence by promoting diversity and equal opportunities through leadership in research, inclusive teaching, and public engagement or outreach. Scholars and leaders from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The Patrick T. Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (Harker ISE Lab) is a hub of teaching and research on the University of Delaware’s campus. The 194,000-square-foot facility brings together students and faculty from various disciplines to teach, learn, and conduct research in a collaborative environment. Research provides content for the curriculum and students learn through the exploration of real-world problems. The laboratories are housed in the University of Delaware's Patrick T. Harker ISE Lab. Harker ISE Lab's four problem-based learning instructional laboratories form the heart of ISLL and feature lab spaces adjoining classrooms so students can discuss a problem and then immediately test a solution. University of Delaware faculty and staff are continually designing and assessing innovative curricula to optimally utilize these rooms. The building's eight general instruction classrooms and the four problem-based learning instructional laboratories all include the latest in educational technology. Students in need of supplemental instruction in math and science courses can find assistance in the ISLL Learning Center located on the third floor.

Using the online system at the University of Delaware applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their interest in the position and relevant experience, a statement of leadership philosophy, a current CV, and contact information for at least three references. Candidates will be notified before references are contacted.

Questions should be directed to Professor Louis F. Rossi (, 302-831-7180), Chair of the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories Director Search Committee. Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware ( combines tradition and innovation, offering students a rich heritage along with the latest in instructional and research technology. Located in scenic Newark, Delaware, within 2 hours of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C., the University is one of the oldest land-grant institutions in the nation, one of 19 sea-grant institutions, and one of only 13 space-grant institutions. With external funding exceeding $200 million, the University ranks among the top 100 universities in federal R&D support for science and engineering and has nationally recognized research (Carnegie rated, very high research activity).

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans.  The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check.  A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.