Lab Coordinator - (Human Geography)

Date: Aug 2, 2022

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Faculty of Science 

Job Type: Limited Term

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time (>=1249 hrs/year) 

Campus: Waterloo 

Reports to: Chair, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and the Senior Administrative Officer, Faculty of Science.

Employee Group: WLUSA 

Application Deadline: August 9, 2022

Requisition ID: 4659 


Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well locations in Kitchener and Milton. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace, a flexible work policy and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.



Position Summary

To complement lectures in its introductory course in Human Geography (GG102), the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies provides intensive lab‐based instruction in the form of weekly lab instruction. In close consultation with the course instructors, the Lab Co‐ordinator is responsible for creating, preparing, teaching, evaluating, updating and/or revising all aspects of lab instruction and lab materials. In addition, the Lab Co‐ordinator hires, supervises and trains undergraduate Instructional Assistants to assess students’ assignments. In so doing, they assures that the lab outcomes contribute to achieving the educational and curricular goals of the Department.

Working in a highly‐visible and interactive position, the Lab Co‐ordinator acts as the primary contact and resource for students in Geography during their first year of study. By providing assistance and feedback on an individual and group basis, s/he helps students acquire academic skills and professional work habits.

The Lab Co‐ordinator supports the course instructors in all efforts relating to the retention and recruitment of Geography majors. At the request of the Chair, they participate in departmental initiatives.

Currently, the Department offers 10 lab sections for GG101. The Lab Co‐ordinator is directly responsible for those lab sections.





  • Designs and prepares lab materials to support course content in Human Geography, including in‐lab lectures, exercises, lab manuals and documentation, in consultation with course instructors;
  • Delivers oral and practical instruction designed to enhance students’ understanding of theoretical concepts introduced in lectures; they routinely reviews and updates these materials;
  • Screens applications, makes hiring decisions and trains and supervises/oversees undergraduate Instructional Assistants to assess and grade students’ lab assignments;
  • Conducts training sessions with undergraduate Instructional Assistants as required in preparation for each week’s labs;
  • Establishes marking methods for lab exercises, including rubrics and marking schemes; evaluates methods and results to ensure uniform and fair practices; hears student appeals of lab grades;
  • Prepares reports of lab results for course instructors, including an assessment of student performance and the effectiveness of particular lab projects;
  • Investigates, develops and/or coordinates the integration of external partnerships and resources (Community Service Learning, WLU Library, Sustainability Office), into lab assignments, in consultation with course instructors;
  • Maintains student lab attendance and marks records; calculates and submits a final lab grade for each student to course instructors;
  • Provides advice and comments to assist in the preparation of tests and exams, on instructors’ request; may be asked to participate in marks meetings and/or to participate in marking of tests and exams;
  • Tutors students individually and in groups as needed to develop and improve their academic potential;
  • Supports students in the development of professional work habits and efficient use of finite resources; pedagogical objectives include improving student skill in tackling problems, relating to and working with peers, time management, choosing efficient learning techniques and structured approaches; familiarizes students with equipment, materials, and techniques used in discipline;
  • Helps students acquire practical skills by facilitating individual and group exercises;
  • Moderates discussions, group work, and presentations in a tutorial/seminar format;
  • Assesses students’ in‐lab participation;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Chair and/or course instructors.




  • Master’s degree in Geography, Environmental Studies or a related discipline, plus three (3) years of related experience; B.Ed. an asset;
  • In‐depth knowledge of Human Geography;
  • Teaching experience and skills in classroom management;
  • Pedagogical skill in small‐class instruction and student interaction;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including experience in the use of motivation, influence, and persuasion to facilitate student participation and engagement in geography laboratories;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficient with computers and software packages (PC, Excel, web page maintenance, GIS, MyLS);
  • Proficient with the preparation of geography materials for the Web;
  • Proven skill to create/design laboratory instruction, exercises and tests using specialized software, which may require use of GIS software, MLS, iClickers or another form of student‐ based learning management system; and administer results;
  • Proven skill in designing, authoring and editing teaching/learning materials, specifically physical and human geography laboratory instruction and assignments and tests at an appropriate skill level; establish marking criteria and evaluating methods and results;
  • Exceptional attention to detail;
  • Well‐developed organizational skills to ensure labs are prepared, delivered and administered each week consistent with the department’s demanding course schedule; skill in advanced planning, scheduling and organizing of time resources, materials and available personnel;
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines; manage multiple deadlines; and to prioritize competing deadlines;
  • Excellent supervisory skills including the ability to train and supervise undergraduate Instructional Assistants as assigned to individual labs.



Position Grade:  SH-10

Rate of pay:  $40.34 - $47.49 per hour

Hours of Work: This a full-time limited term position for 8 months with an anticipated end date of May 5, 2023. The hours of work are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday.  Flexibility of hours is required to accommodate lab schedules.  The manager will adjust hours when possible to ensure that no more than 35 hours are worked per week.








This position has not been deemed eligible for educational equivalencies

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