Forensic Analytical Chemistry Assistant Professor-150050-E

Macomb, McDonough County
Apr 07, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Company Description:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves approximately 12,200 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: August 14, 2014

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate must have a commitment to excellence in teaching and student research at the undergraduate and graduate (M.S.) level.  Teaching responsibilities include upper division forensic chemistry and graduate level forensic analytical chemistry courses, general chemistry, and other courses as appropriate to the incumbent’s area of specialization.

RANK & SALARY: Tenure track Assistant Professor. Salary is competitive.

Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a Ph.D. in chemistry or related sciences with a background in forensic chemistry, including forensic analytical analysis techniques. An individual with all but dissertation will be considered; however, the Ph.D. must be completed prior to receiving tenure-track status. Applicants must be able to play a key role in WIU’s signature B.S. Forensic Chemistry program. Applicants must also have excellent written and oral communication skills.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Teaching experience and post-doctoral research preferred. Applicants capable of fostering our B.S. Chemistry-Pharmacy option, as well as the B.S. Forensic Chemistry program, are preferred. Applicants with experience mentoring undergraduate research are also preferred.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Chemistry at Western Illinois University offers an American Chemical Society certified B.S. Chemistry program, with options in biochemistry, pharmacy, and teacher education, as well as a M.S. Chemistry program. In addition the Department of Chemistry offers a signature B.S. Forensic Chemistry program.  Currently, there are 76 chemistry undergraduate majors and 126 undergraduate forensic chemistry majors, as well as 28 M.S. level graduate students.  The 12 chemistry faculty members have research interests in biochemistry, catalyst chemistry, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, green chemistry, medicinal chemistry, organometallics, pharmaceutical chemistry, and sulfur chemistry, as well as forensic chemistry.  For more information, visit the web site at

THE UNIVERSITY: Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 39 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Midwestern University" by U.S.News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves approximately 12,200 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 65 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, the University's 612 full-time faculty members teach 93.5 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 19 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications. 

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,003): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,204): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. Moline, Illinois is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Application Instructions:

Complete applications include:

1) a letter of application

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current professional references

4) copies of unofficial academic transcripts, official transcripts will be required for selected candidate

5) statement of research interests and mentoring experience

6) statement of teaching interests

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size in order to upload.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. Rose McConnell at

For assistance with the online application system call the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977