Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

POSITION SUMMARY: Full-time, non-tenure track position available in the Division of Molecular, Life & Health Sciences beginning August 2017.  The position is for one-year with the possibility for renewal.  The successful candidate will teach: Inorganic Chemistry for chemistry majors, General Chemistry and lab, and will also be expected to teach in our general education curriculum.  Participation in research with undergraduates is encouraged.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE. The position requires a doctorate in inorganic chemistry, a demonstrated commitment to effective teaching of major and non-major undergraduates, and ability to mentor undergraduates involved in research projects.  Interest or experience in areas applied to environmental, biomedical, or sustainability issues is a plus.  

COMPENSATION.  Commensurate with qualifications, education and experience. Fringe benefits include medical/dental/life/disability insurance, flexible spending plan, TIAA-CREF retirement plan, tuition remission program, membership at Wellness Center and Graber Sports Center/San Jose Pool, free admission to many college events and free off-street parking.

MOLECULAR, LIFE & HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION:  There are 15 full-time faculty members in the division and a full-time laboratory manager.  The division offers course work in the academic areas of Chemistry, Athletic Training, Kinesiology and Biology.  Degrees offered include B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Kinesiology, and Secondary Education Science Teaching.  The chemistry program has extensive instrumentation including a 300 MHz broadband NMR, GC/MS, FTIR, HPLC, Spectrofluorometer, UV-Vis spectrometers, and a recombinant DNA laboratory.  Every student has a college provided laptop computer, computers are integrated into many of the division classes and laboratories.

THE COLLEGE. Founded in 1839, Loras College is a Catholic, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts institution with preprofessional and career preparation and dedicated to high academic, ethical and moral standards. The student body consists of approximately 1,600 students, over 90 percent of who are full-time undergraduates. Candidates will be expected to support the mission of the College and respect the College’s Catholic tradition.  The college is a wireless, laptop campus and there will be opportunity for developing technology-rich, interdisciplinary courses for the general education curriculum.

THE COMMUNITY. Loras College’s 60-acre campus is located on one of Dubuque’s highest bluffs, overlooking the Mississippi River at the junction of the states of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin, about three hours west of Chicago. Dubuque’s population is approximately 60,000 and its nineteenth century architecture is woven into limestone bluffs and provides a picturesque backdrop to the river landscape. Many residential and commercial areas have been designated as historical districts to preserve Dubuque’s unique heritage. Its strong education base supports numerous cultural activities, and in addition, there are sporting events, shopping facilities, schools, and churches that are convenient to its residents. The climate has marked seasons with a comfortable summer, cool spring and fall, and a winter that encourages a variety of sports that have in recent years attracted a growing tourism industry.

APPLICATION DEADLINE.   Review of applications begins March 14, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  For more information contact: Dr. David Speckhard, Chair of Chemistry Search Committee, at

APPLICATION PROCEDURE.  Applicants must go to: to apply.  Please upload:  your letter of application, curriculum vitae and description of teaching experience and philosophy and summary of research interests. Applicants should have three letters of recommendation mailed or emailed directly to Search Chair, David Speckhard. 

EOE. Loras College recognizes the National Career Readiness Certificate.  Please visit Loras at for additional information about Loras College.