Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry (Organic)

Decorah, Iowa
Commensurate with credentials and experience, full benefits
Feb 07, 2019
Mar 09, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Luther College seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor of Chemistry, a one-year leave replacement position to begin August 2019.  A Ph.D. in chemistry completed by the time of appointment is preferred, although candidates that have achieved ABD status will also be considered (instructor rank). The position is intended for a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. The successful candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence in a private, undergraduate liberal arts college setting.

Teaching responsibilities include seven course equivalents with a combination of lectures and laboratories in organic chemistry and laboratories in general chemistry. Additional courses that serve the general education program may also be assigned based upon the applicant’s expertise and the needs of the department. Full-time load is spread over the fall, January and spring terms (4-1-4 academic calendar). Opportunity to be fully engaged in faculty and departmental meetings and discussions.   

Review of applications begins March 4, 2019 and continues until the position is filled.  Apply at  Applicant’s dossier will include:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy that includes a discussion of pedagogical approaches
  • evidence of effective teaching (student evaluations, sample syllabi, other course materials)
  • unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation (the college will send an email to each letter writer identified in the application process with a link to upload their letter)

Inquiries about the position may be directed to Dr. Olga Michels, Head, Department of Chemistry, Luther College, 700 College Drive, Decorah, Iowa 52101; telephone: 563-387-1684; email: Additional information about the college is available by visiting the college website and/or the departmental website Questions regarding the application process should be directed to

Luther College is an undergraduate liberal arts college with a population of two thousand students located in Decorah, IA.  Our faculty and students are highly engaged in academics and research, music programs, athletics, sustainability, and service.  Founded in 1861 by Norwegian immigrants, Luther values its heritage, just as it values the diversity of its students, staff, and faculty, who hail from many faith backgrounds and heritages.  Coming from 39 states and 74 countries, 12% of our students are domestic students of color and 9% are international students.

Our location in the beautiful driftless region of northeast Iowa offers a wealth of opportunities not often found in small towns.  The economic vitality of the Decorah area is attributable to being a regional hub for outdoor recreation, two nationally recognized healthcare systems, top ranked schools, business, agriculture, specialty retail, dining and tourism.  In a scenic rural setting, we are an easy 70 mile drive to three urban areas including Rochester, MN, home of Mayo Clinic and an IBM major campus.    

Luther College is committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty, with a focus on mentoring and providing development opportunities and support to new faculty cohorts. This support includes new faculty workshops, development and research funding, faculty mentoring groups, providing membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD), and opportunities through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM).  Applicants from historically underrepresented groups, in particular ethnic, racial and gender groups are encouraged to become a candidate for the position.