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Assistant Professor Position in Chemistry

Alma College
Alma, MI

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Assistant Professor Position in Chemistry

Qualifications: The Department of Chemistry at Alma College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in Analytical Chemistry or closely related fields of study. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment; postdoctoral experience is viewed positively. Applicants from all areas of analytical chemistry or related fields (forensics, environmental, materials science, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates for a faculty position should enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses and be committed to undergraduate liberal arts education.

Teaching Responsibilities: The successful applicant will have the primary responsibility of teaching Instrumental Analysis (CHM 320) and the associated laboratory. Additional courses could include Chemical Analysis (CHM 115, the first semester introductory chemistry course), other core courses in the major, upper-level courses of the candidate’s design, or courses supporting the college’s First Year Seminar and General Education programs. All members of the department also participate in the instruction of the capstone Senior Seminar (CHM 450) during the Winter Term. Interdisciplinary opportunities include collaborations with colleagues in biology, physics, physiology, and environmental studies programs. The normal annual teaching load is four lecture sections and four laboratory sections, or three lecture sections and six laboratory sections.

Research and Service Responsibilities: The successful candidate is expected to establish a productive research program and scholarship agenda that involves undergraduate students. Service to the college through committee work and other activities is expected of all tenure-track faculty. External service to the public and to the scientific community are supported.

The Department of Chemistry: The successful applicant will become part of an ACS certified program of five chemists and an associated biochemistry program. The faculty has a deep commitment to quality liberal arts education; student development in a residential setting; student research; ethical and safe practices; and interdisciplinary, intercultural, and international education. Salary, benefits, and support for professional development are competitive.

Facilities: The Department is housed in the Ronald O. Kapp Science and Laboratory Center. Laboratories have good ventilation and hood space, and are arranged in suites with adjacent instrumentation labs. Instrumentation includes: 400 MHz multinuclear NMR, GC, GC/MS, FT-IR, microwave synthesizer, HPLC, IC, AA, UV-VIS, ITC, FPLC, glovebox, and computer workstations with Spartan electronic structure software. Please see for more detail.

Application: Submit a curriculum vitae, letter of application, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of your commitment to teaching and learning in a diverse environment, a research plan description, and arrange to have three letters of reference sent electronically to Mrs. Julie Elenbaas, Science Secretary, [email protected].

Review of applications will begin on October 3, 2022.

Alma College is a selective, baccalaureate Liberal Arts College committed to academic excellence and development of responsible leaders. Alma’s students thrive on challenging academic programs in a supportive, small-college environment emphasizing active, collaborative learning and close student-faculty interaction. Alma is a private Phi Beta Kappa institution located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body.

Alma College recognizes that we are all transformed when we celebrate and value the varied identities, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives in our campus community. We are committed to recognizing and removing barriers to success and providing equitable access to opportunities through education and advocacy. In our increasingly diverse campus and world, we pledge to create a climate where everyone is safe and free to grow intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally.

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Story published on September 15, 2022 Last modified on Dec. 16th at 1:26pm by Sandra Hagerman.


Alma College, a four-year residential liberal arts college located in the heart of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, offers a personalized education with multiple paths and experiences leading to success. A deep regard for students as individuals is fundamental to an Alma education, with small classes and many opportunities for one-on-one collaboration with dedicated faculty.

Alma College actively connects students with a world of ideas and opportunities. The Alma Commitment offers a four-year graduation promise and a pledge that each interested student can participate in an experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, research fellowship, or study abroad, backed by $2,500 in Alma Venture funding from the college.

Alma’s attractive 128-acre campus is located in the city of Alma, approximately one hour north of Lansing. With an enrollment of about 1,400 students, Alma College employs a full-time teaching faculty of 96, of which 85 percent hold the Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Alma College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Alma College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body.

Our Academic Mission

Alma College’s mission is to prepare graduates who think critically, serve generously, lead purposefully, and live responsibly as stewards of the world they bequeath to future generations.

Focused exclusively on undergraduate education, Alma College boasts a 12-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio, 41 academic majors, self-designed programs of emphasis, pre-professional programs in law and medicine, and an intensive Spring Term that provides opportunities for innovative courses, travel classes, research and internships.

More than 90 percent of Alma’s graduates go on to graduate school or are employed within six months following their graduation.

Our Community

Located in a community of 10,000, Alma College features a walkable campus with historic and contemporary buildings. The campus is a block from downtown Alma and within two hours of Michigan beaches and ski areas. Gratiot and adjacent counties feature plentiful parks, outdoor recreation opportunities, golf courses and shops.

College facilities, including the Stone Recreation Center and Hogan Center pool, offer wellness education, swimming instruction and recreational opportunities to community members and local businesses. The campus is bordered by the 41-mile Fred Meijer Heartland Bike Trail. The Alma College library, housing more than 278,000 volumes, also is a resource.

Cultural and sports events are offered throughout the year, with free admission to Alma College students, faculty and staff for most college-sponsored events. In addition to the college’s excellent fine arts programs, an active community of local artists has formed music, theatre and art guilds with a loyal regional following. Alma’s Division III Athletics program offers intercollegiate competition in 22 varsity sports.

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