Professor of Chemistry (open rank)

Knoxville, Tennessee
Salary commensurate with experience
Oct 18, 2018
Nov 17, 2018
Field of specialization
General / Technical, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

The School of Arts and Sciences invites applications for a full-time Professor of Chemistry (rank negotiable, commensurate with experience) to join in developing programs in the natural sciences on the Tennessee campus (Knoxville, Tennessee). Successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent in Chemical Education, Chemistry, or closely-related field, a strong commitment to undergraduate education and research, and a whole-hearted embrace of the University’s mission, values and statement of faith. 

Responsibilities will begin with collaborative curriculum planning and development accommodated with a reduced teaching load for the first year. The standard faculty load will include teaching the equivalent of twenty-four (24) credit hours per year, including general education and chemistry program courses (as it is developed), service to the university, and professional development. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in mathematics and/or physics and willingness to teach one or more courses in this additional area to further support our general education core. Successful candidates will be skilled at addressing the particular needs of the general education core as well as related-major students. Teaching responsibilities may include the following courses: General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and College Algebra. In the future, the University seeks to add majors in the sciences, at which time, upper-level courses could be developed in accordance with the candidate’s particular expertise and program needs.   Release from teaching responsibilities to allow for continuing research activities is negotiable.  

About Johnson University 

For over 125 years, Johnson University has been a leader among historic faith-based colleges and contemporary fiscally-responsible universities. Johnson is #57 on Forbes 100 Most Financially Fit Colleges,” and #3 on Best Value Christian Colleges. The university offers over 80 associates, bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. programs on our Kissimmee, FL, Knoxville, TN, and online campuses. Johnson’s vision to bring glory to God and hope to the world is rooted in our deep historic commitment to the values of Christian community. Successful candidates for faculty positions should be able to articulate how their personal and professional journey demonstrates a vital and growing faith expressed in their teaching, service, and scholarship. 

Application Process: The School of Arts and Sciences 

Initial Application:  The following materials should be emailed to Gary David Stratton, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, at  

  • Cover Letter  
  • Curriculum Vitae  
  • Responses to the School of Arts and Sciences essay prompts (below). Each essay should be approximately 250-500 words.  

1.     Describe your personal faith and Christian experience, including what you consider to be the most significant implications of your faith commitments.  

2.     State your understanding of the relationship of biblical perspectives and faith commitments to preparing students to be Christian leaders as part of a team of undergraduate educators.   

3.     Provide a statement of your teaching philosophy, and how it relates to instruction in the undergraduate liberal arts core of a Christ-centered university as well as preparing major students for their next steps.  

Documents Required for Semi-finalist Candidates:  

  • Official Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Transcripts  
  • 3 Professional References, including complete contact information and statement of relationship to candidate.   
  • Evidence of experience and excellence in teaching. (Student evaluations, letter of recommendation, etc.)  
  • A signed statement of faith.  

Questions: Contact, Sarah Cathey, Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, at  

Review of applications will begin on November 15 and will continue until the position is filled.  

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer 

Except as provided below, qualified applicants are considered for all positions, and employees are treated without regard to race, gender, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, or disability–if such disability may be accommodated without undue hardship. The University, under various sections of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (as amended) and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (as amended), reserves the right to discriminate on the basis of religion, marital status or gender (with regard to certain positions) where approved job description for a position indicates that the determination relates to a bona fide occupational qualification reasonably necessary to the normal operation of that particular position, or where the job description can demonstrate that the University is unable to reasonably accommodate an employee's religious observance or practice without undue hardship in the conduct of that position's responsibilities and activities.