University Chemistry Instructor and Curriculum Advisor

Project Description

The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH)- Language Center in Mexico has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a University Chemistry Instructor and Curriculum Advisor. UAEH is moving towards an educational model in which English is used as a medium of instruction (EMI) to teach academic subjects, thereby contributing to the internationalization of students’ learning experiences and positioning their research within the global academic community. The Chemistry Department is one of the early adopters of this model and has identified a need for support in its effort to review and redesign its undergraduate Chemistry degree curriculum program.

The PCRV will be part of Language Center staff and will collaborate closely with the Chemistry Department coordinator and faculty to review the undergraduate Chemistry degree curriculum and make recommendations to redesign and/or strengthen the program. The PCRV will also co-design or adapt course/lesson plans and co-teach undergraduate Chemistry courses/subjects. The PCRV will actively contribute to and participate in decision-making, planning, and the implementation of actions to improve or strengthen programs and services, and to proactively create opportunities for intercultural exchange. The goal of this assignment is to strengthen the capacity of UAEH Chemistry Department faculty members to teach their subjects in English.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Mexico together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) – Language Center

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Natural Sciences, or Education
• 5+ years of professional experience teaching university-level Chemistry courses
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to quickly self-learn Spanish language communication skills, including ongoing study and practice during service
• Accountability
• Adaptability and flexible thinking
• Initiative
• Problem solving
• Collaboration
• Intercultural engagement
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Mexico

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Medical Considerations

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