Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Job Details

Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, three-year appointment, visiting assistant professor position in the Department of Chemistry beginning in August 2022. The Chemistry department seeks candidates excited about teaching bright and motivated undergraduates in a small liberal arts college environment.

The Chemistry program at Earlham strives to help students gain the analytical and critical thinking and writing skills required to attend top graduate schools, medical schools, veterinary schools, and public health programs or to gain employment in industry.


Teaching responsibilities include participation in our general chemistry course (lecture and/or laboratories), as well as courses (lecture and labs) in analytical chemistry and upper-level elective courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise. The typical teaching load for visiting assistant professors in the Chemistry Department is 12 contact hours (equivalent to two lectures and two three-hour laboratory sections, or some combination, each semester). Although not a requirement for the position, opportunities are available for the successful candidate to pursue independent research involving undergraduate student collaborators.

Experience & Qualifications

Applicants with a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry or a closely related discipline are preferred. Candidates who are ABD are also encouraged to apply. Strong candidates will have prior teaching experience, evidence or potential for successfully engaging students from diverse backgrounds in the classroom, an ability to work collegially within the academic environment, and strong experimental skills using modern instrumentation.

Department Information

The Department of Chemistry is housed in a recently expanded and renovated LEED-certified facility, and offers a BA in Chemistry, including an ACS Certified degree, as well as an interdepartmental BA in Biochemistry. The department strives to develop students’ data analysis and contemporary laboratory skills using research-based projects throughout our laboratory curriculum that takes advantage of our modern instrumentation, including a 400MHz multinuclear NMR, GC-MS, ICP, Flame and Graphite-Furnace AA, FT-IR, DSC, spectrofluorometer, HPLC, and portable FT-IR and XRF spectrometers. For more information on our facility, please visit:

Application Instructions

Please send a single PDF that includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial or official), a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement detailing how you plan to interact with and teach a diverse community, and contact information for three professional references.

All materials should be submitted to the Earlham College Office of Human Resources at: [email protected]

Any questions should be directed to: [email protected]

Review of applications will begin mid-January and continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or apply for and receive a qualified exemption within two weeks of the employment start date.

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


Working at Earlham College

Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

  • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
  • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
  • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
  • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
  • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
  • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
  • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
  • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.
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