Chemistry Instructor

Seattle Central College - one of the Seattle Colleges
58,417 + benefits
Dec 18, 2017
Jan 17, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Seattle Central College invites applicants for a FT tenure-track faculty position in chemistry beginning September 15, 2018.  For full consideration please apply by January, 18, 2018.  For full details and to apply visit:       

Are you passionate about chemistry and helping students recognize how molecular-level structure and behavior can explain observable phenomena? Can you create and maintain a welcoming and supportive learning environment for community college students with diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and academic backgrounds? Are you eager to work collaboratively with other faculty to find innovative ways to address persistent student achievement challenges and to improve student success? If these questions resonate with you, then we invite you to consider joining our faculty who value a strong knowledge of and passion for chemistry, productive and supportive collaboration, and a devotion to helping students achieve their academic and career goals.
Seattle Central College seeks outstanding applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Chemistry instructor position in the STEM division. Teaching chemistry at Seattle Central emphasizes communication, critical thinking, and problem solving for professional-technical and college transfer students with a broad range of life experiences and academic backgrounds. The selected faculty member will primarily teach lecture and lab for the General, Organic, and Biochemistry series for Allied Health students (in nursing, dental hygiene, etc.) with secondary teaching duties in General Chemistry.  Faculty will use classroom methods that are innovative, rigorous, and responsive to students' needs. We expect faculty to work effectively and considerately with students, colleagues, staff, and community members in a campus climate that promotes diversity and multicultural understanding in an urban environment.

Seattle Central College is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. The College particularly seeks candidates interested in contributing to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching and outreach.

The following documents must be included in the attachment section of the application to be considered:

  • A cover letter specifically describing how the applicant meets the required education, experience and abilities and any preferred qualifications for this position (A maximum of two pages is highly recommended.)
  • A current resume or CV detailing education, teaching experience, a list of all courses taught and relevant professional experience
  • The names, address, and telephone numbers of three recent professional references (Indicate as "References")
  • Official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts (Indicate as "Transcripts")

Date of first review: January 18, 2018.

Candidates should be willing to teach in a variety of formats such as in-class, hybrid, online and varied class times including days, evenings, and weekends according to program needs.
Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.
This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement with representation by AFT-Seattle and is subject to union shop provisions.
   Essential Functions:

  • Instruct a diverse student population using various methods of instruction in chemistry courses to promote successful student learning.
  • Conduct ongoing curriculum development, assessment, and revision that reflect innovative pedagogy, maintain academic rigor, and advance the chemistry program within the college.
  • Advise and mentor students and serve as a peer resource for fellow faculty and staff.
  • Serve on division, college, or district-wide committees and be actively involved in institutional initiatives.
  • Develop and enhance knowledge of chemistry, technology, or trends in chemical education through professional development activities.
  • Work effectively with laboratory staff to maintain laboratory conditions that meet current institutional safety standards.
  • Meet all professional obligations and all other provisions of the collective bargaining agreement.
  • Candidates should be willing to teach in a variety of formats such as in-class, hybrid, online and varied class times including days, evenings, and weekends according to program needs.

 Required Education, Experience & Abilities:

  • Education: A graduate degree in Chemistry or a closely related science discipline.
  • Teaching: Documented evidence of effective chemistry instruction in an academic or industrial setting.

 Preferred Qualifications: Teaching:

  • Experience teaching college-level Introductory Chemistry, Organic, and/or Biochemistry courses for Allied Health (Nursing, Dental Hygiene, etc.) and General Chemistry courses for STEM majors with diverse cultural and varying academic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience using a variety of active learning strategies and instructional technologies that engage students and support student learning in the classroom and in the laboratory.


  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with faculty and staff to create a positive, attentive and welcoming environment that supports student learning in STEM.
  • Demonstrated leadership and work in collaborative efforts that support student learning and outreach programs that promote scientific literacy and diversity in STEM.

Curriculum, Assessment, and Improvement:

  • Demonstrated experience creating, implementing, and maintaining chemistry lecture and lab materials that promote student learning using modern pedagogical and technological methods.
  • Demonstrated commitment to assessment of student learning outcomes and professional development.