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Assistant Teaching Professor

The University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
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Jun 27, 2021

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Position OverviewThe Assistant Teaching Professor (non-tenure track) duties will include teaching undergraduate courses in Chemistry; assisting with the training, supervision, and evaluation of departmental teaching assistants; contributing to departmental governance; and contributing to the research mission of the Department of Chemistry, primarily in the area of Chemical Education. The Department of Chemistry has an internationally recognized faculty and a strong graduate program leading to both the M.S and Ph.D. degrees. Chemistry Department faculty conduct leading-edge and multi-disciplinary research that spans all sub-disciplines of the field, with particular strengths in the areas of bioanalytical and biophysical chemistry, catalysis, computational/theoretical chemistry and chemical biology. This is a limited term position through May 15, 2024 with the possibility of renewal. The Department of Chemistry has been proactive in creating an atmosphere of trust and cohesiveness among faculty, staff, and students. Through their teaching, service and research activities successful applicants for this position will be expected to contribute to a workplace environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The University of Kansas is a major public research and teaching institution that operates through a diverse, multi-campus system. KU's many parts are bound together by a mission to serve as a "center for learning, research, scholarship and creative endeavor" in the state of Kansas, the nation and the world. An ideal campus, historic and wireless at the same time, KU is home to one of the top public-university library systems in the nation. The university fosters a multicultural environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.

A city of approximately 97,600, Lawrence is located in the rolling hills of eastern Kansas, 35 miles west of the Kansas City metropolitan area and 20 miles east of Topeka, the state capital. Home to Haskell Indian Nations University as well as KU, Lawrence offers the many cultural opportunities of a university town. Lawrence is a wonderful community filled with endless opportunities for historical explorations, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and many popular restaurants. Kansas City International airport, The Plaza, and access to world-renowned attractions are less than an hour away.
Job DescriptionThis appointment will be for an Academic Year (9-month) appointment. All Teaching Professor positions, regardless of rank, are non-tenured positions appointed for a three-year limited-term period. Due to the percentage of effort focused upon instructional duties, all incumbents are expected to hold a PhD or terminal degree in the academic discipline, possess outstanding teaching skills and teach a minimum of two regularly scheduled classes per semester. Specific course assignments and locations are at the discretion of the Chair of Chemistry. Additional job duties include research and service activities as detailed below.

Teaching/Advising – 70%
  1. Teaches a minimum of two courses per semester (fall and spring sessions). The core teaching responsibility of this position will be introductory chemistry courses (General Chemistry), with the possibility of occasional assignments to upper division undergraduate courses in the individual’s area of expertise. One or more courses per year may include team teaching with another faculty members in a course as part of a course transformation project.
  2. Develops and updates syllabi, study guides, instructor’s guides, tests, and other assessment materials for the courses taught.
  3. Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
  4. Implements and refines the use of technology in the teaching of courses.
  5. Supervises GTAs responsible for lecture support and discussion sections (or helps coordinate the unit’s GTA supervision program, as appropriate).
  6. Supports the development of teaching excellence in other faculty and GTAs.
  7. Adheres to department, College and university policies and procedures.
Research – 10%
  1. Research efforts will contribute to the mission of the Department of Chemistry, primarily, but not necessarily exclusively, in the areas of Chemical Education and Pedagogy, through presentations at professional conferences and publications in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly outlets.
  2. Areas of focus for publications and presentations may include, but are not limited to, the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new undergraduate laboratories/research opportunities and/or new teaching methods, supervision and evaluation of undergraduate research in the professor’s area of research expertise, methods to enhance online course resources outside of class time and use of active learning activities to maximize concept mastery during face-to-face class and laboratory/discussion time, development of programs, workshops and training guidelines that feature research-based instructional practices (e.g. inquiry and discovery based instruction, student centered instruction, peer-mentoring, and the integration of technology into the classroom).
Service – 20%
  1. Member of the department’s General Chemistry Committee, and other committees as assigned.
  2. Collaborates with the Department’s administration and faculty in maintaining a modern and inclusive curriculum. This includes partnering with faculty members to implement mechanisms for enhancing student learning, engagement, and retention in large introductory courses.
  3. Participates in appropriate professional activities.

Collegiality. All faculty members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty are also expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct

Required QualificationsEvaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) descriptions of work experience and educational experiences in letter of application, (2) record of accomplishments and productivity addressed in resume, and (3) information provided from professional references.
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or closely related field.
  • Record of excellence in teaching college-level chemistry courses.
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with faculty colleagues, students, and administrators.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
Additional Candidate InstructionsFor a complete announcement and to apply on-line, go to A complete on-line application includes: C.V. that includes relevant teaching and leadership experience; cover letter; teaching statement; diversity and inclusion statement; transcript copy if degree has been obtained in the last five years; and the names and contact information for three references

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  1. Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Only completed applications will be considered. Review of applications begins on June 22, 2021 and continues until a pool of qualified applicants is collected.
Contact Information to ApplicantsDr. David Benson
[email protected] Advertised Salary Rangecommensurate with experience Application Review Begins22-Jun-2021 Anticipated Start Date18-Aug-2021


Working at the University of Kansas 

Join the University of Kansas, and you’ll become part of a Jayhawk family that spans the globe. Wear your KU shirt in London, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Nairobi or anywhere else, and you will likely hear a resounding “Rock Chalk!” from a stranger. Of course, the appropriate response is an enthusiastic “Jayhawk!” Because, after all, they’re not really strangers, they’re family.

The Jayhawk community is united by more than 150 years of tradition and by our commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, transforming the academic experience, and creating solutions through innovative research. KU’s mission is to lift students and society by educating leaders, building healthy communities and making discoveries that change the world.  

The University of Kansas is the state’s flagship university and one of just 66 invited members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). We consistently earn high rankings for academics and recognition as a premier research university.

KU faculty and staff embrace our role as the state’s flagship university, AAU member and R1 institution that serves the state, nation and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit; and, we remain true to KU’s historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research and the healing power of service.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 

The University of Kansas is committed to a learning and workplace environment that is representative of our nation and global society, accepts and values everyone, appreciates our common humanity and understands that our multiple differences are the cornerstone of academic preparation, professional excellence and distinction. KU must be a place where all people feel they belong and have access to resources and support that help them attain their educational and professional goals.

We recognize there are inequalities and privileges generated by historical and persistent intersecting differences by race, ethnicity, gender identities, gender expressions, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, abilities, religion, regional background, veteran status, citizenship status and nationality. And we hold ourselves accountable for policies, processes and programs that appreciate these and other differences and create more fair, safe and just learning, working and living environments for KU students, faculty and staff.


KU offers a broad array of undergraduate and graduate study programs, and we fulfill our mission through academic and research programs of international distinction, coupled with outstanding libraries, teaching museums and information technology. These resources enrich the academic experience for students from all 50 states and 112 countries, and provide enrichment resources for KU faculty and staff.


The university attains high levels of research productivity and recognizes that faculty are part of a network of scholars and academicians that shape a discipline as well as teach it. KU staff are integral to our research success, participating in and supporting discoveries that expand knowledge and improve lives.


The university and our employees serve society through research, teaching and the preservation and dissemination of knowledge. KU's academic programs, arts facilities and public programs provide cultural enrichment opportunities for the larger community. And, KU offers educational, research and service programs throughout the state. KU employees are encouraged to participate in and serve the campus and surrounding communities in a way that is meaningful to them.

International Dimension 

KU offers more than 100 programs of international study and cooperative research for KU students and faculty at sites around the world. The university offers teaching and research that draw upon and contribute to the most advanced developments throughout the United States and abroad. At the same time, KU's extensive international ties support economic development in Kansas.


The University of Kansas, our students and employees are committed to excellence. We foster a multicultural, inclusive environment in which the dignity and rights of individuals are respected. Intellectual diversity, integrity and disciplined inquiry in the search for knowledge are of paramount importance.

Our City and State 

KU sits atop Mt. Oread in the center of Lawrence, a town full of natural beauty and culture. In fact, Rolling Stone magazine named Lawrence one of the best college towns in the United States. Lawrence is home to more than 100,000 people, and has a charming, Midwestern friendliness that welcomes visitors and celebrates diversity. In addition to KU, Lawrence is home to Haskell Indian Nations University, the premiere tribal university in the United States.

Lawrence’s historic and thriving downtown features restaurants, nightlife and local shops offering unique finds that you won’t find anywhere else. The town has more than 50 parks, an encompassing mixed-use trail, and quick access to biking/hiking trails along the Kansas River and around Clinton Lake. A five-minute drive from Lawrence, Clinton Lake offers fishing, boating, beaches, camping and other outdoor activities.

Located just 40 minutes west of Kansas City, Lawrence offers the appeal of a mid-size, suburban town with quick access to the amenities of a large city, including an international airport. The Kansas City metro area is home to world-class museums and cultural activities, Jazz clubs and other nightlife venues, expansive shopping options, and exciting professional sports with the Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC.

Kansas is in the center of the country, making it convenient and cost effective to fly or drive to destinations throughout the United States. Far from flat, the Flint Hills, just 90 minutes from Lawrence, offer panoramic vistas that showcase the breathtaking beauty of America.

Making KU Your Home 

Something about Lawrence is magnetic. Long-time residents are never surprised when a KU student or employee from out of state decides to make Lawrence their permanent home. And, even those who do leave often find themselves returning to “the nest” at some point in the future. In fact, Lawrence has been named by several publications as one of the best places to retire.

At the University of Kansas, you’ll join a global Jayhawk family and find a place to call home.

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