Lecturer - Chemistry

Clemson University
Clemson, SC

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Lecturer - Chemistry

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Jun 15, 2021

This is a lecturer position supporting the teaching mission of the department of Chemistry in the College of Science. The position will support teaching and development of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry Laboratory courses and act as the Assistant Laboratory Coordinator of General & Organic Chemistry for the department and backup to the Laboratory Coordinator.

Teaching responsibilities include:

  • Provide teaching for CH-4000 (Laboratory Assistant Training in Educational Chemistry Labs) and continue to develop the course to improve the teaching, supervisory and safety skills of upper-level undergraduate chemistry and related majors to provide students with a "peer-mentor" opportunity to assist the laboratory’s regular graduate instructors (GTAs) in teaching General or Organic Chemistry Labs.
  • Provide teaching for sections of Undergraduate General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry as needed, with the possibility of teaching upper-division undergraduate courses within the candidate’s field of specialty. General or Organic courses will involve working within a common curriculum assessed by team-written exams and other assignments. Candidates who demonstrate the background and ability to design and conduct an undergraduate elective course focused on their area of specialties will be given preference.
  • Develop and implement (in collaboration the Laboratory Coordinators and other faculty) new laboratory experiments with an emphasis on green chemistry, state-of-the-art chemical research, current chemical literature, and most importantly a strong emphasis towards achieving student full engagement.


  • Assistant Laboratory Coordinator responsibilities include training of Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) to ensure that safe and accurate instruction and knowledge is transferred to undergraduate students in the laboratory and acting as backup to the Laboratory Coordinator, as needed.

Other responsibilities include overseeing compliance with state and federal chemical safety regulations for both the Organic and General Chemistry Teaching Laboratories and acting as an intermediary between the General/ Organic Laboratory Coordinators, Office of Research Safety, Building Manager, and Stockroom Staff (both General and Organic) to ensure sustained compliance and maintain a safety-minded laboratory environment.


Applicants must possess a Ph.D. Degree in a specialty area of Chemistry or a related science (this requirement can be satisfied with an MS degree by equivalent work experience, on a case-by-case basis). Applicants must be safety-minded, possess rigorous laboratory experience, be up-to-date on current chemical and chemical education peer reviewed literature, and have a deep appreciation for chemical education.

Application Instructions:

Please submit a Cover Letter, Curriculum Vitae, and Teaching Philosophy to http://apply.interfolio.com/89208.

The Cover Letter should highlight both an applicants’ laboratory chemistry and management experiences. Applicants’ should emphasize strengths and experiences related to chemical education, research, student mentoring, and team management & leadership. Applicants should accentuate how their previous experiences will beneficially translate to Clemson’s General & Organic Chemistry Laboratory Teaching Program. Lastly, the cover letter should include a statement related to the applicant’s philosophy related to inclusion practices in the classroom and laboratory (discussion of inclusion practices may be included in teaching philosophy statement and not in the cover letter if desired).

Applicant will be asked to provide three professional references upon interview.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by June 30th, 2021; however, applications will be accepted until suitable candidates are found. The expected start date is FALL 2021.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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