Assistant Professor Position at Westminster College

Westminster College invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Chemistry to begin in August 2017. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in chemistry; all fields will be considered. The 24-credit annual teaching assignment will include a sophomore/junior level inorganic chemistry course in alternate years, some combination of lower division courses for majors and non-majors and potential for development of new courses. We are willing to consider candidates from any area of chemistry with relevant inorganic chemistry training who demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching, a commitment to liberal arts education, and who complement our existing strengths.

We seek colleagues who are prepared to facilitate the learning of all students, including those from groups underrepresented in higher education (such as students of color, LGBTQ+ students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students). As part of our work to promote diversity in STEM fields, we are the only post-secondary institution in the state of Utah awarded grant funding by the US Department of Education to host the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Additionally, we were selected in a national competition to participate in the Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Faculty members in chemistry are increasingly involved in the aforementioned programs, and seek a colleague who shares our commitment to such efforts.

The Chemistry Program has a strong commitment to teaching, interdisciplinary work, and student centered undergraduate research. We are housed in the Meldrum Science Center, a LEED platinum certified building which opened in 2010. Our instrumentation and facilities allow us to develop multi-faceted lines of undergraduate-led research in a variety of interdisciplinary areas. Our student centered, hands-on educational approach has fostered successful outcomes as evidenced by the fact that nearly 100% of our graduates who apply gain admission to medical or graduate school programs and those entering the job market are actively recruited by local companies.

Minimum qualifications:

Ph.D. (completed by August 2017) in chemistry or related area.
Successful teaching experience at the post-secondary level.
Skills and experience facilitating the learning of all students, including those from groups underrepresented in higher education (defined above).
Expertise in teaching inorganic chemistry topics at a level suitable for sophomore and junior chemistry majors is essential.

Preferred qualifications

Experience with programs aimed at the support and success of student populations underrepresented in higher education and/or STEM.