Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, Kalamazoo College

August 19, 2013

Kalamazoo College
Department of Chemistry 
Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry
Tenure Track

Position Description

The Department of Chemistry at Kalamazoo College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Organic Chemistry starting September 2014. All areas of Organic Chemistry will be considered. Experience in synthesis, computational methods, and/or in material science will be viewed favorably. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the Introductory and Organic Chemistry sequences. The successful applicant will join a research active undergraduate program. A Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or equivalent training is required. Prior teaching experience at the undergraduate level is desirable. The Shared Passages Seminar Program is a relatively new curricular offering within the K-Plan and candidates will have an opportunity to participate in this college-wide educational program. Candidates who have experience with programs and pedagogical approaches that are especially effective in attracting and retaining women and students of color in the discipline are especially encouraged to apply. 

Kalamazoo College is a highly selective, nationally known liberal arts college of approximately 1400 students. The College's K-Plan offers an integrated undergraduate experience that weaves a traditional liberal arts curriculum into domestic and international educational experiences. The College has a distinguished record in undergraduate science education with the Chemistry Department currently ranked 6th nationally in the percentage of graduates earning Ph.D.s in Chemistry. Kalamazoo offers an ACS-accredited B.A. in chemistry and graduates around 30 majors per year. Graduates of the Chemistry Department pursue studies in the health care field, graduate-level work in the discipline, or move directly into industrial positions. With this appointment, the Chemistry Department will expand to seven full-time faculty members. The Department's instrument holdings include a 400 MHz NMR, LC-ESI-MS, GC/MS, UV-vis/Fl, IR, AA, Raman, and HPLC. The Chemistry and Biology Departments occupy the Dow Science Center that features individual student-faculty research laboratories and smart classrooms. The campus is located midway between Chicago and Detroit, and the Kalamazoo area encompasses a community of 225,000, which supports several college and university campuses along with numerous civic arts and cultural associations. Thirty-five miles from Lake Michigan, the area offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. 

Review of applications will begin October 7 and will continue until the position is filled. A cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, summary of scholarly interests and research plans, undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial is acceptable), and three letters of recommendation are required. All application materials should be addressed to Prof. Greg Slough, Chair of Organic Chemistry Search, Department of Chemistry, Kalamazoo College, 1200 Academy Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49006-3295 and submitted in PDF form below. Three letters of recommendation should be sent in PDF form to with a subject line lastname_firstname

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For more information, see the College home page and Chemistry department web site. Kalamazoo College desires applicants who are committed to promoting access and success for all students, and strongly encourages candidates who will contribute to the cultural diversity of the College to identify themselves if they wish. Equal Opportunity Employer.