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Senior Demonstrator - Anatomy

Date: March,2016
Reports to (Job Title): Program Director - School of Anatomy
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Kinesiology


Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Senior Demonstrator – Anatomy will work with the Program Director to provide leadership for the delivery and instruction of Kinesiology Undergraduate Laboratory experiences with primary focus in the area of anatomy.  This includes instruction of students, supervision of teaching assistants, administration, coordination, and delivery of the laboratory experience.  The senior demonstrator will also serve as a resource to ensure lab content is consistent with current understanding and technology.

 Nature and Scope


The University of Waterloo School of Anatomy was established by Order in Council of the Government of Ontario in 1978 to enable students of human movement to more easily gain an in depth knowledge of the structure of the human body. The level of teaching is on par with that of any medical school in order that our graduates may play a useful role in the health system.  


The Human Anatomy Laboratory allows students to explore for themselves the structures of the body involved in human movement. The Anatomy teaching program is designed to service Kinesiology students, but many other group, on and off campus, use the facilities to enhance their anatomy programs. Kinesiology anatomy lectures focus on applied regional anatomy. The laboratory sessions are small group demonstrations using pre-dissected human cadavers taught by the Program Director, Senior Demonstrator and a team of graduate students and upper year undergraduate student volunteers. Undergraduate students are encouraged to explore and verify for themselves what they have heard and read. Between these more structured sessions the lab is open for personal study and review.


After completing a course, many undergraduate students come back for a second look as Volunteer Teaching Assistants. This refreshes their own knowledge when they are in a position to apply it to other courses, gives them practice in teaching, and brings to the junior students a sense of purpose in learning anatomy.


The Human Anatomy Laboratory also plays a vital role in faculty and graduate student research. Preliminary study of cadaver material is often advisable before conduct of research using living subjects to avoid misguided assumptions. Some research, both graduate and undergraduate, may be entirely anatomical in nature.  


In addition to the courses administered by the Kinesiology Department, The Human Anatomy Laboratory also hosts learning experiences for other University of Waterloo programs outside of Applied Health Sciences as well as many outreach experiences for groups in the broader community such as colleges, professional schools, and high schools.


Organizational Relationships Significant internal and external relationships for this position include: Program Director of Anatomy Senior Demonstrators Lecturers Staff, faculty and students within Kinesiology.   Miscellaneous external contacts include prospective applicants, current undergraduate students, and alumni.


Statistical Data Kinesiology is the largest of the three departments within the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.  Kinesiology has an enrollment of approximately 1100 undergraduate students, 110 graduate students, 15 full time staff members and a faculty complement of 26 full-time faculty. These statistics do not include sessional instructors and staff members who teach undergraduate courses.  In addition there are PDF’s, staff, and visitors who are supported by the various research grants and contracts held by faculty members.

Key Accountabilities:


Teaching:  Leadership for assigned undergraduate laboratories.  This currently includes but will not be limited to Kin 100L and Kin 301L:

  • Work with the Program Director of the School of Anatomy (henceforth referred to as the Program Director) to assist with the design and development of laboratory exercises that complement anatomy course content and develop key learning objectives and applied skills, commensurate with current technology and knowledge base
  • Collaborate with the course instructor/faculty for laboratory-lecture synchronization
  • Direct instruction of laboratory sections
  • Assist with the development of lab manuals and associated documents for laboratory instruction
  • Design and facilitate additional learning experiences and opportunities as required
  • Manage the laboratory assessment documents and criteria as required
  • Apply and enforce academic regulation to ensure academic integrity is maintained in laboratories
  • Facilitate the recruitment and selection of undergraduate volunteer teaching assistants
  • Train and supervise graduate student Teaching Assistants (TA’s) and undergraduate volunteers under the guidance of the Program Director
  • Coordinate and assign Teaching Assistant duties within a lab section
  • Ensure quality and consistency in laboratory delivery and instruction
  • Facilitate evaluations of Teaching Assistants and provide performance feedback throughout the teaching term


Maintenance of assigned laboratory facilities (including but not limited to):

  • Assist with the maintenance and safe operation of the laboratories
  • Assist with regular safety inspections in accordance with UW safety regulations
  • Under the direction of the Program director, develop and enforce SOP to ensure student safety during lab experiences
  • Coordinate physical laboratory layouts for teaching and outreach activities
  • Facilitate equipment booking and maintenance
  • Provide recommendations for keeping laboratories current with emerging technologies in equipment, techniques and teaching tools


Operational support for the School of Anatomy

  • Work in conjunction with the Program Director to ensure full operation of all its activities, providing assistance as needed
  • Attend the biennial anatomy meeting/chief coroner meetings
  • Provide essential support for the operation of the  School of Anatomy in the absence of the Program Director, including but not limited to administering the Body Bequeathal program
  • Provide program support as needed for other activities within the School of Anatomy– including but not limited to Volunteer Prosection Training Program, research-related activities, outreach programming and others.


Additional support for Kinesiology Department activities (including but not limited to):

  • Provide leadership for activities that enhance and complement the undergraduate program such as tutoring, volunteer activities and special projects and events
  • Provide leadership and expertise for Kinesiology Outreach Programs
  • Facilitate equipment training and application advice for undergraduate, graduate and faculty research projects
  • Facilitate activities related to Clinical Kinesiology certification
  • Participate in professional development and training opportunities to enhance his/her understanding of all areas of the Kinesiology program at the University of Waterloo
  • Be an active member of the undergraduate teaching team, providing support to other members and courses as required
  • Participate in Kinesiology Department and University-wide committees and other tasks as assigned by the Program Director

Position Requirements


A minimum of M.Sc. in Kinesiology, Clinical Anatomy or equivalent is required with proven technical skills in the area of the Clinical Anatomy and /or Kinesiology


Excellent understanding of Human Anatomy with related experience teaching at the University level.  Excellent knowledge of UW undergraduate and graduate programs in Kinesiology


The incumbent will be very familiar with the administrative and managerial requirements of a School of Anatomy.  Proven technical experience with preparing of prosections and other teaching materials for human anatomy education and research.  Teaching experience at the University level using an extensive variety of teaching techniques and technologies is an asset


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Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Excellent inter personal skills both verbal and written.  The ability to provide clear and concise instructions and guidance and to lead by example with encouraging learning and research in a safe and ethical manner.  Ability to work independently and cooperatively as part of a larger team of teaching, research and technical support staff.  The incumbent must be prepared to have difficult discussions with potential donors and/or family members at a stressful time in their lives    

Level of Responsibility:

Must be able to provide excellent leadership and direction to a wide variety of clients with a wide range of experience and skills.  The incumbent will need to enforce safe teaching and research practises and facilitate cooperative use of the human cadaver laboratory and other teaching resources within the Department of Kinesiology and ensure an atmosphere of respect for donors at all times

Decision-Making Authority:

Good decision making ability.  The incumbent will work with the guidance of the Anatomy program director

Physical and Sensory Demands:

The workplace includes handling and unavoidable exposure to hazardous elements such chemicals, biohazards, odors and equipment.  Work demand may be irregular in nature with unavoidable interruptions and some tight timelines.  The positon may require extended periods of standing or bench work. 

Working Environment:

The position will be spend most of their time in a Human cadaver laboratory working with undergraduate and graduate students.  Time will also be spent in lecture halls  and classrooms throughout campus