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Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Food Safety & Quality

Lakeland University
Plymouth, Wisconsin

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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LAKELAND UNIVERSITY, an independent liberal arts institution located in east central Wisconsin, invites applications from a diverse group of qualified candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Food Safety and Quality, to begin August 2022. Lakeland seeks a candidate committed to serving a diverse, undergraduate student community who could champion and teach a variety of courses for two growing programs. For the Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) program, teaching basic food safety and quality topics in addition to advanced topics applicable to the food industry is required. Examples include introduction to food safety and quality principles, analysis and design within the food industry, and Lean Six Sigma concepts. For the Chemistry program, the ability to teach analytical chemistry is required with the possibility of supporting other chemistry or introductory physics courses as needed. The coordination of student cooperative education (Co-Op) experiences and building relationships with area food companies is expected as the faculty member serves as a key liaison between the student, the university, and employers.  

This is a full-time, renewable, tenure-track position. A doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in food science, food engineering, nutrition, chemistry, biochemistry, or a related field is required for the rank of assistant professor and for tenure. The ideal candidate will have undergraduate teaching experience and will have worked within the food industry in a progressive leadership role. 



All Lakeland employees are expected to:

  • Demonstrate in their words and actions an appreciation for the history of Lakeland University and a commitment to its stated mission.
  • Represent unequivocally in their behavior the stated values of the University.
  • Be good stewards of the University’s resources, including its personnel and the goodwill of its friends, its alumni, and local community.
  • Work collaboratively (as opposed to competitively) with their peers to meet objectives and achieve our goals.
  • Keep their supervisor appropriately informed.
  • Be forthright and honest in their communication with all members of the university community.
  • Treat all members in a manner of teamwork and respect.
  • Act in a manner that sets the standard for service in higher education and the core principles of Lakelanders Excelling at Professionalism (LEAP) – show respect, communicate, and be positive.
  • Advise their supervisor with respect to all matters that require their attention, including their own performance.



  • Teach undergraduate courses in FSQ and chemistry to students of varying ability levels. Courses may include Food Safety and Quality Practices, Analytical Testing Practices, General Organic and Biochemistry, Industrial Microbiology, Analytical Chemistry.
  • Help maintain analytical instrumentation and laboratory spaces.
  • Advise students as assigned.
  • Advise and mentor students in both FSQ and chemistry.
  • Coordinate and supervisor student Co-Op experiences.
  • Teach in both traditional and hybrid learning environments.
  • Support the university's general education program.
  • Participate in educational assessment activities.
  • Hold regular office hours on a weekly basis.
  • Respond in a timely manner to calls or emails from students, colleagues, or supervisors.
  • Participate in institutional service opportunities as assigned.
  • Use university technology as directed.



  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Food Science, Food Engineering, Food Nutrition, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a closely related field is required for rank of assistant professor
  • Experience working in the food industry
  • Successful teaching experience in higher education is preferred



  • Limited exposure to physical risk
  • Limited physical effort required
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office and laboratory work environment



Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Compensation will be commensurate with background and experience and a comprehensive benefit program is offered.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, portfolio of professional and student work, and three current letters of recommendation.

Lakeland University does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources.

Lakeland University is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Educator.

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