Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Spokane, Washington State
May 17, 2018
Jun 16, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical, Green Chemistry, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Chemistry

Start date: July 1, 2018

Application review will begin May 29, 2018.  The position remains open and applications reviewed until filled.

About Whitworth University
Founded in 1890, Whitworth has been consistently ranked among the top regional colleges and universities in the West. Whitworth combines a strong liberal arts perspective, the Christian heritage of the University, its commitment to academic rigor, and its long-standing orientation toward human service. A community of Christian scholars carries out the university’s mission “to provide its diverse student body an education of the mind and heart.”

The Chemistry department provides a stimulating environment in which students can use the latest technology in course and lab work, and also have opportunities for advanced research in collaboration with faculty.  The department provides access to modern instrumentation including a multinuclear 400 MHz NMR, GC/MS, DSC, two HPLC systems, a fluorimeter, several UV-Vis and IR spectrometers, and various other instruments supporting individual research projects. The chemistry department is located in Robinson Science Hall, a 63,000 sq. ft. facility housing state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. 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. We seek scholars who enjoy collaborating with undergraduate students and who seek the challenge of inspiring students to reach their full potential.

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.

Responsibilities and Duties

Primary teaching responsibilities include lower-division chemistry courses and laboratories in both fall and spring semesters. Based on the applicant’s background, interests and departmental needs, additional teaching assignments may be considered including upper-division courses and labs, January term courses, departmental seminars, or teaching assignments in the University’s Core Program. The annual teaching load is 21 credits for the year.

Participation in departmental and university-wide governance and faculty development activities is expected.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Abilities

·         Ph.D. in Chemistry or a closely related field or ABD with a degree completion by start date of appointment. All sub-disciplines of chemistry are encouraged to apply.

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

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

·         Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral English.

·         Ability to adopt technology used in the department including course management systems, online homework systems and remote clicker 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.

·         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.

·         Commitment to providing an equitable, just, and inclusive learning environment for all students.

·         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 proposed term of employment.

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

·         Employment offer is contingent on a successful background check, including education verification.



Application Process
The following documents are required to complete the online application form at

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

2.    A personal essay characterizing your Christian faith. Please read before you write your essay.

3.    Your curriculum vitae.

4.    The names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three or more professional references.

5.    Your graduate and undergraduate transcripts (may be unofficial; official transcripts will be required at the time an offer to interview is extended).

6.    A two-page reflection on your teaching philosophy.

7.    Three recent student course evaluations (or a note explaining why they are not available).

Please direct questions about the application process to Human Resources at

Please direct questions about the position to the search committee chair, Dr. Trisha Russell at

Chemistry Department Information
Whitworth’s Chemistry Department offers BA and BS degrees in Chemistry. Students seeking a BS degree declare a General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or Biochemistry track. To read more about our department please see our department website:

About the Spokane Area
Spokane Washington with a population of about 200,000 is located on the Spokane River west of the Rocky Mountain foothills in eastern Washington State.  The region enjoys four seasons with the associated outdoor activities (mountain biking, climbing, swimming, boating, snowmobiling, skiing, etc.). Spokane is within 4-5 hours of three major national parks (Mt Rainier, North Cascades, Glacier) and the Canadian Rockies.  The city of Spokane is large enough to have a thriving downtown area with a riverfront park yet small enough to avoid the heavy traffic associated with larger cities.  Whitworth is close to the Mead school district which is one of the top elementary school districts in the nation.  In addition, Spokane has excellent health care facilities, and other top educational institutions close by. For more information on Spokane please visit

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 disab