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Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Kenyon College
Location
Gambier, OH

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Job no: 492839
Work type: Faculty
Location: Gambier, OH
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Kenyon College, a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college in central Ohio, invites applications for a full-time VISITING position in the CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning in July 2022. We seek candidates with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and mentoring, and who prioritize active and inclusive pedagogies.

Responsibilities include teaching 5 courses over two semesters in 2022-2023. Course assignment will include courses and/or lab sections in either introductory or organic chemistry; and advanced courses depending on their area of expertise; with the option of non-majors courses in environmental chemistry or neurochemistry. Candidates with expertise in instrumental analysis are particularly encouraged to apply. Applicants should hold a Ph.D. degree or expect completion by the start of the fall semester.

Visiting faculty in chemistry enjoy access to rich professional opportunities, including professional development funds, eligibility for internal grants, access to research spaces and equipment, and modest support for research expenses. The Department of Chemistry graduates 15-20 majors annually and mentors 15-30 research students per semester; visiting faculty may supervise research students if desired. The Department has provided active leadership and support in recent initiatives that have established Kenyon College as a leader in STEM inclusion research and practice: an HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award, two NSF S-STEM grants, a Clare Boothe Luce award, and a Sherman Fairchild grant.

A complete application comprises: 1) a cover letter that describes prior research and teaching experience; 2) a 2-page statement of the applicant's teaching philosophy, objectives, and methods; 3) a Curriculum Vitae; 4) an unofficial graduate transcript; and 5) contact information for three professional references who will provide letters of recommendation upon request. Competitive applications will describe specific examples of past accomplishments and prospective ideas. Both cover letter and teaching statement should demonstrate how the candidate addresses challenges of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their professional work. Applicants may, but need not, include a brief research statement.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through Kenyon's employment website: https://careers.kenyon.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References may be prompted by email to upload their letters of recommendation to the application website at a later stage. Please advise references that a strong recommendation letter should describe specific evidence of teaching excellence, of research experience, and of commitment to inclusion and equity.

Please direct questions regarding the position or the application process to Simon Garcia, Search Committee Chair ([email protected]).

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and are commensurate with experience. There are a number of faculty development opportunities (e.g. travel, research funds, etc.) for which appointees are eligible.

In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Faculty Handbook.

Kenyon is a great place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

Advertised: 31 Mar 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: Open until filled

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Working at Kenyon College

Living and Learning in the Kenyon Community and the Surrounding Area

Excellence. Engagement. Community.This is what Kenyon values. There is a distinctive brand of community that is Kenyon's. We believe that individuals are not limited to who they are on paper, where they have been, or what they look like.

We believe that this place, Kenyon College, is a beautiful place in which one can build a beautiful life. And when someone's interests and strengths match the opportunities that this place has to offer, fulfillment happens.

Our faculty and staff have come here from all over the country-indeed, from all over the world, and from all kinds of backgrounds. They stay and live a life some never expected to live. Former urbanites raise sheep and practice carpentry when they are not engaged in academics. Faculty and staff walk their dogs around campus. For a change of pace, some will make the 50-minute drive to Columbus for some great dining, arts and cultural events, or shopping.

Kenyon is the kind of place where living the life of the mind matters. Discourse happens every day, and students, faculty, and staff have opportunities to learn to practice it with civility. It is the kind of place where people come together to support someone in a crisis large or small. It is collaborative more than competitive. If you want a place where individuals care deeply about learning and about one another, come here. If you want a change of pace, come here. If you strive for the best in yourself, professionally and personally, and want your students to do the same, come here.

Come be a part of Kenyon.

What's the area like?

Kenyon and the surrounding area are often remarked upon for their beauty. Very near campus is the Brown Family Environmental Center, where nature lovers will often attend free programs and events for kids and adults alike that include night hikes, bird-watching, or native plant and animal exploration. Through it runs the Kokosing Gap Trail, on which casual walkers and sports enthusiasts alike will hike, run, or bike the 14 miles (and growing!) of former rail line. The Rural Life Center explores and promotes the lifestyles present and past in Knox County , in which Kenyon is located. Knox County exemplifies Midwestern openness, and also an increasing diversity typical of the rest of the country.

Mt. Vernon, located 4 miles from Kenyon College, is the seat of Knox County. Mt. Vernon boasts both a public square surrounded by historic buildings, an active theater community, and a commercial district which includes a movie theater, retail stores, and restaurants.

Finally, there is Columbus, a vibrant city with diverse shopping, dining, and cultural opportunities. Its many neighborhoods, including notably the Short North, host a tremendous array of independently owned restaurants, varying from those with a heavy farm-to-fork emphasis to numerous international cuisines brought to the city by its multinational population, and much more. Columbus's cultural scene includes an outstanding symphony orchestraballet company, and several theater groups. Its historic theater buildings host the Broadway in Columbus seriesthroughout the year. Located throughout the city are also several major shopping areas, including Polaris and Easton. Columbus is, finally, home to three professional sports teams, and to the Ohio State Buckeyes, whose football and basketball teams especially enjoy loyal and very spirited fans at their games.  Located less than an hour away from Kenyon, Columbus is an attractive destination.

What if I have a spouse/partner?

Dual job searches are often a challenge. If there is no suitable position available at Kenyon for a spouse or partner, there are opportunities close by. Knox County is home to Mount Vernon Nazarene University, and several large employers who often have openings for healthcare workers, engineers, and other professionals: the Knox County Community Hospital Kokosing Construction Company, and Ariel Corporation, to name a few. Many of these attract professionals from all over the country. Within an hour, there are also opportunities in neighboring cities and counties. Columbus is home to Nationwide Insurance, JPMorgan Chase & Company, and Abbott Nutrition, among other large employers. As the capital of Ohio, Columbus is also home to many state government positions

For academic spouses and partners, the Five Colleges of Ohio ("Ohio 5") often have postings at those institutions. The Columbus metro area is also home to The Ohio State University's flagship and regional campuses, as well as more than 40 other colleges and universities.

 

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