Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry

Amherst, Massachusetts
Jul 23, 2020
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Community College

The Amherst College Department of Chemistry ( invites applications for a full-time tenure-track appointment in organic chemistry at the rank of assistant professor, beginning July 1, 2021. Amherst College is one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country. Forty-five percent of our students identify as domestic students of color, and another 9 percent are international, with non-U.S. citizenship; 14 percent are the first members of their families to attend college. Amherst is committed to providing financial aid that meets 100 percent of every student's demonstrated need, and 57 percent of our students receive financial aid. Our expectation is that the successful candidate will excel at teaching and mentoring students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Located in the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, Amherst participates with Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and with the University of Massachusetts in the Five College Consortium.

The position requires a Ph.D. in chemistry and calls for teaching general chemistry and organic chemistry at the undergraduate level. Opportunities for teaching upper-level electives and interdisciplinary courses are also available. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous experimental research program in organic chemistry in which undergraduates can substantively participate and to fully engage with ongoing departmental efforts to develop new methods of inclusive pedagogy. Applicants with expertise in any sub-discipline of experimental organic chemistry are encouraged to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit electronically to a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy, including philosophy of teaching a diverse student body; a detailed description of research plans; and the contact information for three confidential references. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Professor Anthony Bishop, chair of the Department of Chemistry, at [email protected].

Amherst College is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of all genders, persons of color, and persons with disabilities to apply. The college is committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff.


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