Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Westfield State University
Westfield, Massachusetts
Nov 27, 2017
Dec 27, 2017
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Education, General / Technical
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Assistant Professor, Chemistry


About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State fosters intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, inspires civic engagement, and promotes a global perspective. We are public teaching institution committed to offering quality programs in the liberal arts and sciences and complementing professional studies curricula where research is strongly encouraged, especially projects that involve undergraduates and/or community partners.


Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.


Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The University is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts and offers a high quality of life. Hiking, canoeing, and ski areas are minutes away, the campus is just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.


Job Description:

Westfield State University's Chemical and Physical Sciences Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Chemistry for fall 2018. Teaching assignments include upper-level biochemistry, general chemistry and other introductory chemistry courses, such as those for health science majors and associated laboratories. The standard teaching load is 12 hours per semester. Contributions to the University community, advising of students, and continuing scholarship are expected.



A Ph.D. in biochemistry or a closely related field is required, and the successful candidate must provide evidence of outstanding teaching ability or potential. Also required is a strong interest in teaching at the undergraduate level, the ability to expand course offerings in biochemistry and the health sciences, and the ability to engage chemistry majors in undergraduate research that will complement existing expertise in medicinal chemistry and structural biology. The versatility to teach other areas of chemistry is not required but may be helpful.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017 and will continue until finalists have been selected.


Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations:

Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact Lawrence Johnson, the University's ADA Coordinator at (413) 572-8485.


Background Check:

Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.


NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.


Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:


• Cover letter*

• Curriculum vitae

• Unofficial copies of all transcripts

• Statement of teaching philosophy with areas of continuing scholarship

• Contact information for three reference letter providers**



*In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.


**Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the Reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g.


Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.


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