Tenure-track Assistant Professor Positions

Cullowhee, North Carolina
9-month salary and benefits
Oct 11, 2017
Dec 10, 2017
Job Type
Full time

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track faculty positions in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2018.  In addition to the two positions described here, the department is also searching for a tenure-track forensic scientist, a description of the position and application instructions can be found at: https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/7783.  The Department of Chemistry and Physics at WCU offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry (including an ACS-approved degree program) and Forensic Science, an M.S. degree in Chemistry (both as a stand-alone program and as part of an accelerated Bachelors/Master’s program), and minors in chemistry and physics.

While applicants with any chemistry specialization are encouraged to apply, candidates whose teaching and research interests support the physical, organic, or biochemistry sub disciplines are preferred.  Also of particular interest are candidates whose research agendas are at the interface of biology and chemistry, such as biophysical or bioanalytical chemistry. The minimum educational/professional requirement for the position is a Ph.D. in chemistry or a closely related field.  Although post-doctoral or other professional experience beyond the Ph.D. is welcome, ABD candidates are also encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant is expected to develop, revise, and teach courses in the general chemistry curriculum as well as upper-level courses within the applicant’s field, at both the undergraduate and Master’s level.  The successful applicant is also expected to develop and maintain an active research program that attracts extramural funding and actively engages undergraduate and Master’s students within the chemistry program.  Applicants whose research may attract not only chemistry students but also researchers from related disciplines such as biology and forensic science are encouraged to apply. 

Application materials must be submitted online (https://jobs.wcu.edu/hr/postings/7842), and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) research philosophy and plan; 5) list of three references (including contact information); and 6) unofficial transcripts. The submitted teaching philosophy (ca. 2 pages) should include a description of the types of courses the applicant would most like to teach.  See catalog.wcu.edu for current course offerings.  The submitted research philosophy and plan (ca. 3 – 5 pages) should specifically address how the applicant’s scholarship will support the education of undergraduate and Masters-level students.  Applicants should arrange for their reference letters to be sent via email to Dr. David Evanoff at devanoff@wcu.edu or by post at 231 Natural Sciences Building, 111 Memorial Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723.  Review of application materials will start December 1st and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to David Evanoff at devanoff@wcu.edu.

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.