Lecturer in Chemistry (2 Positions)

Spokane, Washington State
Mar 14, 2018
Apr 13, 2018
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time


Lecturer in Chemistry (2 Positions)

Chemistry Department

College of Arts and Sciences
Start Date:  August 1, 2018

 Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Position will remain open until filled.

Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West.  In its strong liberal arts undergraduate and graduate programs, Whitworth unites a robust commitment to Christian mission and service, academic rigor, and care for students.  A community of Christian scholars carries out the university’s mission “to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart” to enable students “to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” 

The Chemistry department at Whitworth University provides a stimulating environment in which students can use the latest technology in course and lab work, and also have opportunities for advanced research. The chemistry department is located in Robinson Science Hall, a 63,000 sq. ft. facility.  State-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories within Robinson provide space for teaching laboratories, individual faculty-student research space, and shared instrumentation. Classrooms are equipped with computerized teaching stations and demonstration podiums.  The small class sizes typical in the department encourage students to become active learners in their own education, and helps foster close relationships between students and faculty members. 

The Chemistry department is thriving and growing as supported by student demand and the University’s strategic plan.  In the last decade, the number of chemistry students has increased 60% and typically, 20-30 students graduate with a chemistry major each year.  Recent graduates have been accepted to excellent chemistry graduate schools (for example, Notre Dame, University of Washington, UC Berkeley, and Cal Tech), medical schools (for example, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University), in addition to finding employment opportunities directly after graduation.

Primary Teaching Responsibilities:

Primary teaching responsibilities include general, organic and biochemistry (GOB) for non-majors and/or general chemistry lectures and labs; additional teaching assignments may include other lower division laboratories and courses as needed; a willingness to teach organic laboratories would be desirable. The anticipated teaching load is contingent on need but is anticipated to be 18-21 credit hours with benefits eligibility and faculty development opportunities.

Other Responsibilities: 

Participate in departmental meetings and activities.

Qualifications, Skills and Abilities:

·         Ph.D. in Chemistry or a related field (ABD or MS may be considered).

·         Demonstrated potential as a university-level teacher, possessing strong relational skills with students and colleagues.

·         Willingness to work as a part of an educational team.

·         Ability to adopt technology used in the department including Blackboard, online homework systems and iClicker response systems.

·         A commitment to science education in a liberal arts setting and working with a broad student population to explore the nature of the scientific enterprise and the interaction between science and society.

·         A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.

·         Must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States by the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue to work legally for the duration of appointment.

·         Must be able to communicate effectively in English.

·         Demonstrated awareness and commitment to effectively establishing relationships and positive communications across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to race, gender, physical limitations, class or religious perspectives.

·         A commitment to equal opportunity for all persons.

·         A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth as a Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church.

·         Background check required.

Application Process: 

The following documents are required to complete the online application form.

1.    A letter of interest that relates your education and experience to the required qualifications of the position

2.    Your curriculum vitae

3.    The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three references who are able to evaluate your teaching

4.    Your graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial)

5.    Three recent student course evaluations or a note explaining why they are not available

6.    A short personal essay characterizing your Christian faith. For expanded guidelines, please see (www.whitworth.edu/facultyfaithessay)

For more information, please contact Trisha Russell (trisharussell@whitworth.edu)

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability. With our commitment to building a diverse community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.