University of Waterloo

  • Anatomy, Physiology & Histology Course/Lab Instructor

    Requisition ID
    Job Category
    3700 - School of Pharmacy
    Job Status
    Temporary Appointment (Contract)
    Hiring Range
    $64,718 - $80,897
  • Overview

    Term: 15 months


    The Anatomy, Physiology & Histology Course/Lab Instructor reports to the Associate Director, Curriculum and to the Administrative Officer. The position’s primary responsibility is to contribute to the planning and delivery of the anatomy, physiology & histology lectures and to design, implement and maintain the School’s anatomy, physiology & histology labs (PHARM 110 and 111). This position requires an individual who has extensive teaching experience at the undergraduate and professional school levels in the areas of anatomy, physiology, histology and education. The Instructor ensures that pharmacy students are receiving the knowledge of human anatomy, physiology & histology necessary to provide a critical foundation for their future clinical experiences as pharmacists. The Instructor also ensures that pharmacy students acquire the basic learning theories and practices that pharmacists use as educators of specific audiences, such as patients, colleagues, and other healthcare providers. In addition, the incumbent takes a lead role in Teaching Assistant development and assisting with development of external community based programming. The incumbent works closely with faculty and staff members who are teaching related courses to ensure that material and skill development is appropriately coordinated. The Instructor is responsible for the training and oversight of the graduate students who act as Teaching Assistants for PHARM 110 and 111 and participates in research, publishing and presenting findings in the areas of physiology, anatomy & histology in teaching. The Course/Lab Instructor will also participate in School of Pharmacy committees and other activities as assigned.

    5 days per week January through August; 4 days per week September through December  


    A Systems Approach to the Study of the Human Body (PHARM 110 & 111)

    • Instructor and Lab Manager for Pharmacy’s anatomy, physiology & histology didactic and lab-based courses, PHARM 110 and 111
    • Design, take for approval to the appropriate curriculum committees, implement and maintain stateof-the-art anatomy, physiology & histology courses and labs and supervise the physical laboratory space (both the Flex Lab and the anatomy lab) and equipment
    • Supervise laboratory sessions
    • Organize labs and contribute to course content, including recruitment and supervision of external speakers
    • Develop all anatomy, physiology & histology laboratory instructional material as relevant to pharmacy students using a systems based approach, including the following systems: musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, respiratory, circulatory, sensory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, metabolic and reproductive
    • Responsible for the creation, administration, and evaluation of laboratory assignments and practical examinations
    • Responsible for compilation of the practical component of student grades including exams, quizzes, assignments and reports.
    • Train, supervise and evaluate graduate students and educators to act as Teaching Assistants in PHARM 110 & 111
    • Negotiate donated and purchased lab equipment and supplies from biological supply houses, drug companies, health care product suppliers, and pharmacies
    • Ensure lab compliance with appropriate regulations (WHMIS)
    • Deliver lectures in PHARM 110 and 111
    • Use appropriate, creative teaching techniques, student assessment tools and technology to enhance learning and improve efficiency in Pharmacy’s anatomy, physiology & histology lecture and lab courses
    • Collaborate with faculty and staff to ensure coordination and synergy with other courses such as the IPFC modules, professional practice courses, communication courses, physical assessment labs, etc. This may include delivering lectures and developing online content related to anatomy, physiology & histology for IPFC courses.
    • Contribute to the creation and management of course web sites (Desire2Learn)
    • Provide office hours for students for counseling and advising
    • Apply and enforce academic regulations
    • Determine and manage the lab budget and maximize the use of resources
    • Collaborate with the other instructors of the shared Flex laboratory space and the Manager, Scientific and Technical Resources to ensure effective utilization of equipment and space

    Teaching Assistant (TA) Workshops

    • Design, organize and execute Pharmacy’s Teaching Assistant programming including the TA workshops
    • Deliver lectures for TA workshops
    • Organize TA workshop content, including recruitment of external speakers
    • Use and teach appropriate, creative teaching techniques, student assessment tools and technology to enhance learning and improve efficiency in Pharmacy’s Teaching Assistant programming


    • Participate in School of Pharmacy committees, meetings and other activities as assigned
    • Assist the Professional Practice Lab coordinator with administration of the fourth-year OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Examinations)
    • Assist Programmatic Assessment Officer in designing and mapping pharmacy curricular outcomes across courses and provide support for long-range plans for pharmacy education
    • Identify and implement opportunities for inter-professional learning
    • Identify opportunities for and contribute to educational research within the School of Pharmacy
    • Demonstrate and model a high level of professional development through participation as a member, contributor and presenter at local, regional, provincial and national professional organizations and through publication of articles in appropriate professional journals
    • Act as a departmental first aid representative
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Master’s degree in Science with specialization in anatomy and/or physiology required
    • Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in anatomy and/or physiology combined with relevant undergraduate/professional teaching experience may be considered
    • Teaching experience in anatomy and physiology at the undergraduate and professional school levels required in both a class and lab environment
    • Teaching experience in adult education and/or pharmacy an asset
    • Clear understanding of current health care needs, pharmacist roles and vision for future of pharmacy practice
    • Evidence of creative problem-solving
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, time-management and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently and as a team member in a fast paced, challenging environment
    • Ability to proactively anticipate challenges and take the initiative to rectify situations before they become problems
    • Demonstrated judgment, tact, and diplomacy skills


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