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Undergraduate Laboratory Engagement Manager
Virginia Tech

Date Posted Dec. 15, 2022
Title Undergraduate Laboratory Engagement Manager
University Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA, United States
Department Food Science and Technology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Food & Nutritional Science

The Department of Food Science & Technology at Virginia Tech seeks candidates for a Undergraduate laboratory engagement manager. Our undergraduate program currently serves 80 majors and expects to grow. This is a 12-month calendar year (CY) faculty lecturer track appointment.

This position will be responsible for supporting the FST undergraduate teaching program by providing instruction and primary management and oversight of the teaching laboratories, as well as work as part of a team to expand, develop and manage experiential learning opportunities for our students.  The successful candidate must be committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the position. Specific job tasks related to each responsibility include:

1) Management of teaching laboratories in the Food Science & Technology department including some collegiate course instruction (65%):

  • Organize, assign tasks and provide oversight for graduate teaching assistants in lab course teaching; including assisting in instruction of lab courses (Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry and Food Analysis) as needed.
  • Present pre-lab lecture materials and provide oversight during lab sessions, typically alongside a graduate teaching assistant.
  • Operate, maintain and prepare teaching lab equipment (including but not limited to autoclaves, spectrophotometers, microscopes), materials and supplies for college laboratory courses;
  • Develop and improve upon lab exercises including creation/modification/management of instructional materials for undergraduate courses;
  • Manage funds for teaching lab equipment maintenance, repair, and replacement, and supply replenishment;

2) Develop, manage and track undergraduate experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates (25%):

  • Build relationships with external partners and alumni to expand upon opportunities for our students.
  • Work as part of a team to connect undergraduate students with experiential learning opportunities (research, internships, global).
  • Maintain a working list of opportunities available to students
  • Maintain documentation and assist with evaluations of student experiential learning progress.

3) Advise undergraduates working to complete undergraduate degree in Food Science (10%).

  • Serve as a secondary advisor for undergraduates as they develop and move through the FST undergraduate curriculum as needed to assist the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • Assist in curricular development and scheduling as needed to assist the Undergraduate Program Director.


Required Qualifications

  • in Food Science or related field
  • Experience teaching class or lab in a college setting
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Proven presentation and communication skills with strong attention to detail
  • Experience working collaboratively within an organization
  • Commitment to pedagogical methods and practices that address diversity, equity and inclusion


Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in skills in a research laboratory setting
  • Experience working within or collaborating with the food industry
  • Experience advising undergraduate students

  • Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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Contact Information

  • Monica Ponder
    Food Science and Technology
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 540-231-5031


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