Visiting Assistant Professor – Chemistry

Berea, Kentucky
Competitive, with benefits
Mar 29, 2018
Apr 28, 2018
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The Department of Chemistry at Berea College invites applications for a fixed-term appointment starting fall 2018 for up to three years. Teaching responsibilities will consist of general chemistry, organic chemistry, general studies science courses, and possibly advanced chemistry classes depending on expertise.  This position will give the successful applicant an opportunity to teach in a liberal arts environment under the mentorship of expert chemistry faculty, while simultaneously establishing a research program for tenure-track positions at similar institutions.  This position is well suited for recent Ph.D. graduates and post-doctoral researchers in chemistry who have a long-term interest in undergraduate faculty positions. The successful applicant will teach and pursue research in Berea College’s brand-new Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building, a $72 million state-of-the-art teaching and research facility opening in July 2018.

Berea College is committed in its mission to provide a quality college education to high-ability students of limited economic means, to foster interracial and intercultural education and to serve the Appalachian region. To apply, please send a complete Berea College application form found at, a CV, graduate and undergraduate academic transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, research proposal, and two letters of recommendation to Consideration of applicants will begin immediately; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Berea College achieved national distinction as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. With an emphasis on service to the people of Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 40 states and 70 countries.  The College has a longstanding commitment to interracial education; here, people of different races seek to learn from and about each other, while also living together. Berea is among the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. The College admits only students whose families are unable to afford the high cost of tuition and awards each of them a four-year tuition scholarship.  Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive but demanding academic environment, and many are the first in their families to graduate from college. The College is one of seven federally recognized Work Colleges, and all students hold a position in which they work 10-12 hours per week.  Washington Monthly Magazine has consistently ranked Berea in the top 3 of Liberal Arts Colleges for its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities; in 2017, the magazine ranked it number 1. 

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 14,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville.  More information about Berea College is available at