Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Spartanburg, South Carolina
Aug 30, 2019
Oct 29, 2019
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry at Wofford College invites applications for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Analytical/Environmental chemistry to begin the fall 2020 semester. As a department, we place high value on faculty-student relationships. Faculty enjoy a supportive and engaged work environment.


Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, S.C. It offers 25 major fields of study to a student body of 1,650 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, study abroad participation and successful graduates, Wofford is home to one of the nation’s 283 Phi Beta Kappa chapters. The college community enjoys Greek Life as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.


The Assistant Professor of Chemistry will initially have the responsibility of teaching General Chemistry and non-majors chemistry courses. Candidates are also expected to be able to teach courses in Environmental Chemistry, Instrumental Analysis, and traditional Quantitative Analysis. In addition, candidates will participate in the College’s experiential learning term in January. There will be concrete expectations for scholarly engagement. Faculty research that is possible in a liberal arts college environment (classroom-based research, research in the teaching of chemistry, or collaborative research in partnership with an R1 institution) is encouraged and expected to be conducted as part of the teaching load.

Wofford’s faculty teach 3-1-3 load when they are teaching 3-credit courses; 2-1-2 load for 4-credit (lab) courses. The 1 indicates the January Interim course term in which professors may travel with students or teach on a variety of topics using experiential teaching methods.

Wofford provides opportunity for a sabbatical after every six years of service.

Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars with a high aptitude and interest in undergraduate teaching and advising, community outreach and a commitment to the liberal arts. To earn tenure, faculty are expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, continued scholarly development and service to the college.


A Ph.D in Analytical or Environmental Chemistry or a closely related field. Experience in higher education teaching is preferred. Graduate coursework on teaching and/or additional pedagogical training through workshops or certificates are also valuable.


Application materials include: (1) a cover letter explaining your interest for this position, (2) a current resume or curriculum vitae, (3) a statement of your teaching philosophy (which should include an articulation of interest in and understanding of working at a residential, liberal arts college), (4) a copy of your college transcript(s), and (5) three letters of recommendation.  All application documents may be placed in one PDF (or similar) file and emailed to no later than Oct 15, 2019. Paper applications also will be accepted and can be mailed to: Chemistry Department Search, Wofford College, Chemistry Department, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.


Additional information concerning the position and Wofford College may be found at

Wofford College values diversity within our students, faculty, and staff, and strives to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people.  We encourage applications from all underrepresented groups, including persons with varied backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

It is the policy of Wofford College to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you require an accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at .

A background check will be conducted for finalist candidates. Employment is contingent upon completion of a successful background check and establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.