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Visiting Assistant Professor Chemistry

Oglethorpe University
Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GA, 30319

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Job DetailsJob Location Oglethorpe University - Atlanta, GAPosition Type Full-Time Faculty The Oglethorpe University Chemistry Department is searching for 3 Visiting Assistant Professors for the 2021-2022 academic year. Potential teaching responsibilities will include some combination of General Chemistry Lecture/Laboratory, Organic Chemistry Lecture/Laboratory, or Physical Chemistry Lecture/ Laboratory. This chemist will teach in the recently refurbished laboratory space in Oglethorpes Cousins Center for Science and Innovation. They will join a team of chemistry faculty to work collectively to deliver the lecture/laboratory components of the sequenced portion of our chemistry curriculum. The current chemistry faculty are continuously updating the introductory chemistry series and would be receptive to the addition of new modules/content as well. The new faculty member will be responsible for teaching the equivalent of two lectures and three laboratories in every semester. Each section of lecture enrolls no more than 25 students (18 students for lab), so the learning environment is ideal for one-on-one faculty-student interactions and for implementing innovative pedagogical strategies. Successful applicants must have a history of collaborating productively and enthusiastically with other colleagues and must be interested in progressive, student-centered models of chemistry instruction. Applicants will be expected to foster an inclusive learning environment by engaging in/promoting diverse teaching, learning, research, and mentoring communities. As a Visiting Assistant Professor, our new faculty member will be expected to participate in other programs and initiatives sponsored by the Natural Sciences Division and the greater Oglethorpe community (e.g., division meetings, student poster sessions, mentoring events, student clubs and activities).

Oglethorpe was founded in 1835 as a small private liberal arts and sciences university and continues to value a broad and personalized education. However, we are different from other institutions of this type. We are in the diverse and growing city of Atlanta and reflect that citys demographics and energy. Our 1540 students represent 30 states and 20 countries, with a significant population of first-generation college students (~30%). Oglethorpe ranks among the top 15% of US colleges for diversity in ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, disabilities, and geographic origin. Assured in the belief that diversity and equity are key to Oglethorpes success, both the strategic plan and EEOC statement express an institutional desire for our employees to reflect the diversity of our student body and wider Atlanta community we serve.

Oglethorpe University has entered an era of innovation, reinvigoration, and growth with the opening of the $16M Turner Lynch Campus Center in 2013 and the $22M Cousins Center for Science and Innovation in 2019. Renowned for its groundbreaking Core program, Oglethorpe is a member of the Annapolis Group, comprised of the nations most selective liberal arts institutions, and has been named among U.S. News & World Reports Best Liberal Arts Colleges, Forbes Americas Best Colleges, and Princeton Reviews Best Southeastern Colleges.


Oglethorpe University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Oglethorpe prohibits discrimination against all applicants and employees based on race; age; color; religion; national origin or ancestry; sex; sexual orientation; gender; gender identity or gender expression; marital, civil union or domestic partnership status; pregnancy; childbirth; physical, mental, or sensory disability; family history or genetic information; citizenship status; veteran status; or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

M.S. or Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field; preferably in an area relevant to course objectives. A record of prior successful experience as a laboratory instructor is desirable.



The position comes with a full-time salary/benefits package. Competitive applicants will be contacted, if warranted, with specific details about compensation.


Starting and Ending Dates

The first day of class for the Fall 2021 semester is Monday August 30th but applicants should be prepared to work in the week prior to the start of school to work on course development with the rest of the Chemistry team. The last day of classes is Tuesday December 7th. Final grades are due by December17th. The Spring 2022 semester starts on Wednesday February 2nd and ends on Tuesday May 10th, with grades due on Thursday May 19th.


To Apply

Applicants are asked to submit a brief letter of interest that makes reference to qualifications, commitment to excellence in teaching, and a record of steady contributions to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. In addition, please submit a C.V. (including contact information), and the name and contact information of two references (no letter necessary at this point) as soon as possible. Review of applications will begin on June 1st.


Founded in 1835, Oglethorpe University is Atlanta’s only co-educational small private college, home to more than 1350 eclectic and engaged students from 33 states and 31 countries.

Renowned for the groundbreaking Oglethorpe Core, Oglethorpe's academically rigorous programs emphasize intellectual curiosity, individual attention, close collaboration among faculty and students, and active learning in relevant field experiences. Students connect theory and practice with the help of Oglethorpe’s A_LAB (Atlanta Laboratory for Learning), an incubator for experiential learning through internships, study abroad, civic engagement, and undergraduate research.

Oglethorpe is in an unprecedented era of growth and innovation, evidenced by increased enrollment and philanthropic giving, and new strategic entrepreneurial partnerships and programs. In 2018, Oglethorpe launched Flagship 50, a groundbreaking merit tuition scholarship program that matches all 50 states’ flagship tuition for qualified students. The 2020 Fiske Guide to Colleges named Oglethorpe one of only 20 “Best Buy Schools” in the nation and the only one in Georgia for the third year in a row.

This year marks the opening of the I.W. “Ike” Cousins Center for Science and Innovation and the Q. William Hammack, Jr. School of Business. Oglethorpe received a $50 million gift commitment, the largest in its history, from alumnus Bill Hammack ’73 to establish the new school of business. 

In the past five years, Oglethorpe has seen the addition of an award-winning campus center; a residential complex with six state-of-the-art classrooms; and the expansion of arts and athletics facilities. Oglethorpe’s study abroad venture with LeadAbroad has expanded its global footprint, with the development of five global campuses in Barcelona, Cape Town, Greece, Paris, and Rome.

Oglethorpe is home to the Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, and the Piedmont School of Atlanta. The Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels compete in the NCAA Division III Southern Athletic Association.


Oglethorpe is ideally located in the newly-formed city of Brookhaven, an inner suburb of Atlanta recently cited as the safest city in the metro area and one of the most popular destinations for singles and families alike. The campus is situated on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Road, less than a mile from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe University MARTA station and easily accessed from all major interstates. The university is just minutes from Atlanta’s best shopping and dining.

Brookhaven boasts a variety of living options from large historic homes, mid-century bungalows, and newly-constructed homes, townhomes and apartments, including a new luxury rental apartment complex on Oglethorpe’s campus. Residents enjoy an extensive and growing system of parks and walking trails, nature preserves, annual festivals, and top-notch public and private schools.

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