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Chemistry Learning Center Director

University of Wisconsin - Madison Department of Chemistry
Madison, Wisconsin
Min $77,000, depending on qualifications
Closing date
Jul 1, 2023

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Work Function
Administration, Management-General, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

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The mission of the Chemistry Learning Center (CLC) is to assist students who are enrolled in general and organic chemistry courses to become successful and independent learners. The CLC has twelve staff members serving 550-600 students each semester. The Center offers a supportive learning environment where students meet in small groups with instructors to work out effective strategies for mastering course content.

The CLC works with students enrolled in campus support programs such as the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), Center for Educational Opportunity (CeO), PEOPLE, and Posse programs. The CLC also tries to welcome first generation students who are low income, underrepresented students of color, students returning after a long absence from college, students-at-risk of failing the course, students re-taking the course after earning a D or F, students on academic probation, first-semester transfer students, veterans returning after full-time military service, and students with disabilities.

The CLC Director is responsible for leading and managing the personnel and administrative operations of the Center. The Director defines CLC policy in collaboration with staff and assesses the CLC through data collection and analysis in order to make program improvements.

The Director is involved in all stages of the student selection process, from the initial contact to the assessment of the applications. The Director provides academic support by teaching small groups and advising students individually. This component includes: establishing small learning groups, creating a student community, developing curriculum materials in collaboration with other staff, tracking student progress, and referring them to additional campus services as needed.



Provides administrative direction and oversight, serves as the unit spokesperson, develops and fosters relationships with stakeholders in support of the program, and supervises staff in support of fostering a supportive program culture, and to ensure students receive quality academic and instructional services. Provides supplemental instruction for students enrolled in classroom, online and/or laboratory course(s) and the development of pedagogy/andragogy or assessment tools and resources to support quality student learning. Reviews, analyzes, and prioritizes student academic and demographic data to assess which students are the highest priority students to support with high-impact practices.

  • 10% Oversees strategic planning and program budgets, including strategizing program objectives and goals, long-term planning, and developing policies and procedures as needed
  • 10% Serves as the principal liaison between the program and stakeholders across campus, and provides clear, consistent communication with colleagues and broader audiences to articulate program goals
  • 15% Designs curriculum and/or techniques for instruction in a disciplinary area and suggests new ways of effective instruction in courses within that discipline
  • 10% Assesses student outcomes to ensure alignment with program goals, performs program assessments, and prepares reports for campus stakeholders
  • 25% Provides supplemental instruction for students enrolled in classroom, online, and/or laboratory courses in a variety of formats such as one-on-one sessions, group sessions, peer mentor sessions, and seminars
  • 5% Meets with students for intake and general assessment and makes referrals to others on campus as appropriate
  • 20% Exercises supervisory authority, including hiring, transferring, suspending, promoting, managing conduct and performance, discharging, assigning, rewarding, disciplining, and/or approving hours worked of at least 2.0 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
  • 5% Maintains expertise at effectively working with, but no limited to, underrepresented, first generation, low-income and veteran students and builds a strong and supportive community of learners within all supplemental instruction modalities



Master's Degree in Chemistry or Chemistry-related field

PhD in Chemistry or Chemistry-related field, or in Science Education



- Passion, commitment, and awareness to support or experience serving underrepresented students of color, low-income and first-generation students, returning students, and other at-risk or historically marginalized students in teaching settings
- Knowledge of and commitment to inclusive teaching and active learning
- A developed and demonstrated inclusive leadership and management approach
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with students, staff, and faculty
- Ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders across functional areas
- Minimum of two years college/university teaching in a classroom setting (non-laboratory) in general chemistry, organic chemistry, or related field with strong teaching evaluations
- Ability to prioritize and delegate responsibilities

- Ability to collect, synthesize, and analyze data to make judgments, recommendations, and data-informed decisions
- Progressively responsible experience leading academic student support or similar functions in a complex educational setting
- Experience developing and implementing educational program design


How to Apply:

Please follow this link for the job posting and click on the "Apply Now" button to start the application process: 

For questions on the position, contact: Beatriz Lemire,, 608-890-0298

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.


Founded in 1880, the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has continuously pushed the boundaries of modern-day science, and for decades, has attracted outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, postdoctoral associates, and visiting scholars. The Department’s reputation for excellence is not only nationally recognized by federal and nonprofit funding agencies, but also by students, educators, researchers, and faculty.

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