Assistant/Associate Professor, Chemistry

Employer
Skidmore College
Location
Saratoga Springs, NY

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The ACS-approved Department of Chemistry at Skidmore College invites applications from individuals, at any rank, for a tenure-stream position in organic chemistry, to begin in the Fall of 2023. Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York, with a student population of 2,650, 26% of whom are domestic students of color, 11% are international students, 15% are first generation students, 19% are Pell-eligible, and 16% are students with disabilities. The successful candidate will contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community through their equitable and inclusive teaching, scholarship, and service. With its relatively low student-faculty ratio (8:1), Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates. Enthusiasm for and knowledge of equitable and inclusive teaching, mentoring, and advising practices to support a diverse student population are essential.

A Ph.D. in chemistry (e.g., specialization in organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, or polymer chemistry) or a related field (e.g., chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, or materials science) is required with the expertise to teach organic chemistry. Post-doctoral experience is beneficial, although not required. The hired candidate will be expected to (1) teach an average of 18 contact hours per year (a lecture section is 3 contact hours, a lab section is 3 to 4 contact hours), primarily in our organic chemistry sequence, and occasionally upper-level courses in their area of expertise, introductory courses, an interdisciplinary first-year seminar (topic open), and/or a STEM power & justice course; (2) develop a vibrant undergraduate research program emphasizing synthetic chemistry; (3) advise and mentor students; and (4) participate in departmental and college service. Skidmore supports faculty in many ways, including competitive start-up funds, a pre-tenure research leave, internal grants for collaborative research, a new faculty learning community, funds to travel to present and for societal memberships, writing groups, and a course release in the first year. With the recent opening of the innovative Center for Integrated Sciences, the Chemistry Department is now housed entirely in modern spaces. Please visit https://www.skidmore.edu/chemistry/search/ for additional information about the position including teaching loads, available resources, the search process, and the new Center for Integrated Sciences.

We encourage applications from individuals with identities minoritized in the sciences and who have experience working with diverse student populations. Successful applicants are expected to highlight specific experiences, training, and expertise related to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community throughout their application materials. Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Minimum qualifications

A Ph.D. in chemistry (e.g., specialization in organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, or polymer chemistry) or a related field (e.g., chemical biology, medicinal chemistry, or materials science) with the expertise to teach organic chemistry is required along with being able to develop a vibrant experimental research program emphasizing synthetic chemistry with undergraduate collaborators. Enthusiasm for and knowledge of equitable and inclusive teaching, mentoring, and advising practices to support a diverse student population are essential.

Preferred qualifications

Post-doctoral experience is beneficial along with training in teaching or teaching experience. Also, preferred are specific experiences, training, and expertise related to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community.

Special Instructions to Applicant

A complete application includes the following materials:

  • a cover letter that includes how you will effectively engage with a diverse student body as a teacher, advisor, and mentor;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy that explains how you will effectively engage students in the classroom and laboratory in an equitable and inclusive manner, informed by your teaching experience and training, and denotes courses you are interested in teaching;
  • a statement of your research plans that also includes the role of undergraduates in your research project(s), how you plan to recruit & support a diverse undergraduate research group using equitable and inclusive practices, potential journals to publish the work in & conferences to present at, potential external sources of funding, and a list of major equipment needs;
  • an equity and inclusion statement describing how you will contribute to an equitable and inclusive community in the department, at Skidmore, and/or in the field. In the process, you should articulate your expertise, experience, training, and plans regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion to expand upon what is in your other statements;
  • copies of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts as one PDF; and
  • the names, affiliations, & professional contact information of three professional references. They may be contacted at a later date in the search process. Please do not submit letters of reference.

In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.

EEO STATEMENT

Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.


CREATIVE THOUGHT MATTERS.

Organization

Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.

 

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