Assistant Professor - Chemistry - #001238

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Posting NumberFAC419PQuick Link for Internal Postings TitleAssistant ProfessorWorking TitleAssistant Professor - Chemistry - #001238DepartmentChemistry & PhysicsPosition Summary

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for a 9-month tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2021. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

The successful applicant is expected to develop, revise, and teach courses in the general chemistry curriculum as well as upper-level courses within the applicant’s field, at both the undergraduate and Master’s level. The successful applicant is also expected to develop and maintain an active research program that attracts extramural funding and actively engages undergraduate and Master’s students within the chemistry program. Applicants whose research may attract not only chemistry students but also researchers from related disciplines such as biology and forensic science are encouraged to apply.

Carnegie statement

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

While applicants with any chemistry specialization are encouraged to apply, candidates whose teaching and research interests support the analytical or biochemistry disciplines are preferred. Of particular interest are candidates whose research agendas are at the interface of chemistry subdisciplines, such as biophysical, bioanalytical, biotechnology, and environmental chemistry. Applicants that can integrate both computational and bench chemistry into their teaching and research programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications

The minimum educational/professional requirement for the position is a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field.

Although post-doctoral or other professional experience beyond the Ph.D. is welcome, ABD candidates are also encouraged to apply.

Preferred Qualifications

While applicants with any chemistry specialization are encouraged to apply, candidates whose teaching and research interests support the analytical or biochemistry disciplines are preferred.

Position TypePermanent Full-TimeNumber of Hours Per WeekNumber of Months Per Year9Open Date09/11/2020Close DateOpen Until FilledYesSpecial Instructions to Applicants

Application materials must be submitted online and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) research philosophy and plan; 5) list of three references (including contact information); and 6) unofficial transcripts.

The submitted teaching philosophy (ca. 2 pages) should include a description of the types of courses the applicant would most like to teach. See for current course offerings.

The submitted research philosophy and plan (ca. 3 – 5 pages) should specifically address how the applicant’s scholarship will support the education of undergraduate and Master’s-level students.

Applicants should arrange for their reference letters to be sent via email to Dr. Jamie Wallen at [email protected] or by post at 231 Natural Sciences Building, 111 Memorial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723.

Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Jamie Wallen at [email protected]


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 114 Scott, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7234) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Research Statement
  5. List of references
  6. Unofficial Transcripts
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    Posted: 9/18/2020
    Application Due: 12/17/2020
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