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Professor of Practice

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Department: Biological Sciences
Work Type: Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences

University Required Statement:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Technological University invites applications for a Professor of Practice, (non-tenure-track faculty position) and Medical Laboratory Science Program Director. We are seeking a colleague that will be responsible for the Administration of Michigan Tech's NAACLS Accredited MLS Program.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Liaison between MTU and both the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
Academic Advising to MLS undergraduate students.
Teaching MLS related core courses, up to four courses per semester in Fall and Spring.
Curriculum design, improvements and maintenance of B.S. program in Medical Laboratory Science in collaboration with other faculty and staff.
Curriculum design and maintenance of the M.S. program in Clinical Laboratory Management in collaboration with other faculty and staff.
Work in conjunction with the MLS Clinical Practicum Coordinator.
Serve the department and the university.
Oversight of MLS outreach and recruitment efforts.
Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work.
Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Master's Degree in a related field.

MLS (ASCP) certification.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Three (3) years of teaching experience.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

Experience working with both graduate and undergraduate students.

Excellence in teaching.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Knowledge of NAACLS Standards.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Exemplary organizational skills.

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical office and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required trainings; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

Required Departmental Training: 

  • Biology Safety Training

Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Title of Position Supervisor

Department Chair

Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

For consideration, the applicant should submit: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) statement of teaching interests and philosophy (1-2 pages). Applicants will be asked to supply contact information for three reference providers. Formal review of applications will begin on February 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Direct inquires to Search Committee Chairs (Karyn Fay, or Brigitte Morin,

Additional Information

The Department of Biological Sciences consists of 18 full-time faculty members, 5 full­time staff. The department offers four undergraduate degrees as well as a MS in Clinical Laboratory Management and MS and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The current enrollment is approximately 250 undergraduates, 80 + being in the MLS Program and 50 graduate students. The Department's faculty, graduate student, and research spaces are located in the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building and in the new Great Lakes Research Center ( Additional information concerning the department, can be found at the departmental website

Michigan Tech is a publicly funded university, with a science/technology focus, located in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula. The university is composed of the College of Sciences and Arts, College of Engineering, and the Schools of Business and Economics, Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences, and Technology. Currently 485 faculty members are engaged in over 30 academic programs with more than 5700 residential undergraduate students and a growing population of graduate students, currently numbering 1500.

Michigan Tech, established in 1885, is one of the state's four public research universities. It is ranked in the top tier of national universities, according to the U.S.  News & World Report's "America's Best Colleges 2016." Princeton Review's "Best 361 Colleges" recently ranked the university a "tech powerhouse." The university is rated as one of the safest college campuses in the United States. Twenty-five percent of incoming students ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and a recent national survey of high school guidance counselors conducted by Collegiate Information Services lists Michigan Tech as one of the top three colleges and universities in Michigan in providing the highest quality education.

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.  Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.  Links for more information about the university and its surrounding areas of Baraga, Houghton, and Keweenaw counties:

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