Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Job posting: Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry, York University, Toronto, ON

From the inbox, a position at York University:
Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry  
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, York University 
The Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, invites applications for an teaching-focused (alternate-stream) tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Lecturer level in Chemistry, to commence July 1, 2019. 
Applicants must hold a PhD in Chemistry or a related discipline, with a preference for the former. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level chemistry courses and a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success. A record of pedagogical innovation in classroom delivery, of implementation of technology-enhanced learning and of laboratory development is preferred, as is experience in curricular development and innovation. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or the potential to contribute to administrative and committee tasks as well as outreach efforts.
Full ad here. Best wishes to those interested. 


  1. Is "teaching-focused (alternate-stream) tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Lecturer level" a new thing? IDK i've seen tenure track lecturer positions in North America. I assume these positions are, as the name implies, just teaching. It's an interesting idea: presumably Lecturers will get paid less than Professors? Is the ultimate goal of this to separate research functions from teaching functions at universities? I'm guessing, on average, Lectures will be better teachers leaving the real Professors to do what they do best. it does seem a major shift in how universities sell themselves, though.

  2. Universities are finding that non-tenure-track lecturers are moving if they are too poorly paid and looking for a new gig (i.e. tenure-track at community college) from day 1 if the teaching contract is for 1 year with renewal possible. Hence the move to tenure-track teaching positions.

  3. It's actually a pretty common type of position back in the old country. Not all universities there have it, but appears one of the ones I went to, and York, does. My Orgo I and II teacher was one of these tenure track teaching profs. He was excellent and I only now realize that I probably was an annoying student at the time.

    It's usually something you find in the 'medium sized universities' there that don't have a medical school and are thus ranked on a different scale for the big 'US News' type local ranking of universities. The big ones with medical schools like UBC or McGill, don't have these positions. They've been around in many places since forever though.


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