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Instructor, Science & Business

Date: September, 2015
Reports to (Job Title): Director, Science & Business
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): Teaching Assistants, Co-op Student (on occasion), Science & Business Ambassadors
Department: Science Undergraduate Office, Faculty of Science


Main Campus


USG 9-12
35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Faculty of Science offers business–related programs developed to integrate scientific knowledge with business operations and objectives. Programs cover a range of sub disciplines and include: Sci/Bus (Co-op & Regular) Non-Specialized, Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences; Biotechnology/Economics; Biotechnology/Chartered Professional Accountancy. These programs attract high-caliber students that maintain a strong affinity with the program and are well represented in our pool of successful alumni.


The Instructor for Science & Business is the key resource for undergraduate students in all Science & Business degree programs. Part of the success of these programs is derived from the personal mentoring element associated with the programs and delivered by the Instructor. The Instructor for Science & Business provides course instruction, academic advice and mentoring, and takes a lead role in curriculum development and liaison with other academic units on campus. The incumbent has responsibility for management and implementation of a range of supporting activities. These include myBusiness program (student personal development), Science & Business Ambassadors program, and oversight of Science and Business Students’ Association (SBSA). 


In keeping with the Faculty of Science’s strategic priority area of enhanced visibility, reputation and community, the Science & Business Instructor serves both as a primary source and conduit for Science & Business stories. The incumbent works directly with Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment staff and Communications staff in Science to ensure the Science & Business programs and students are marketed in an effective and authentic manner.

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Instructional Activity:

2.  Supervision of Teaching Assistants and Science & Business Ambassadors:



3.  Undergraduate Academic Advisor:



4.  Program Coordinator:



5.  Program Representation and Service:

Position Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in Science or Technology, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration required.   Equivalent combination of business, science and technology education will be considered. Doctoral degree strongly preferred.



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other

MS Office

(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)





(Course content, Dropboxes, Classlist)


Transferable skills



Transferable skills

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

This role requires well developed interpersonal and communication skills. A high level of comfort with public speaking is essential.

Level of Responsibility:

Decision-Making Authority:

Physical and Sensory Demands:


Role requires a high level of attention to detail and ability to work in multi-tasking manner. The role also requires sensory effort (computer and related technological tools) that could result in moderate fatigue, strain, or risk of injury.

Working Environment:

Travel: Some travel required. Local or regional travel is limited and often on a discretionary or ad hoc basis. Depending upon teaching assignment, travel to Beijing in support of joint geosciences program with China University of Geosciences may be required.


Working Hours: Regular working hours with occasional weekend work to support events and program-related activities. Examples include: Ontario Universities Fair, Annual Fusion Conference and Alumni meetings or events.


Risks – physical and psychological: Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of an academic advisor and/or instructor.

Physical risks: Minimal. Risks typical of those associated with occasional business travel.

Psychological risks: Minimal exposure to disagreeable conditions typical of a teaching and student service position.