Visiting Position in Physical Chemistry

Ashland, Virginia
Not Specified
Apr 30, 2021
May 30, 2021
Field of specialization
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Position Details: The Chemistry Department at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA seeks candidates for a one-year visiting position in physical chemistry (sabbatical replacement), rank to be determined, for a contract to begin in September 2021 and end in May 2022. 

Institution Information: Randolph-Macon College, founded in 1830, is a selective, primarily residential liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1500 students located 15 miles north of Richmond and 90 miles south of Washington, DC. The College seeks employees committed to advancing inclusion and equity and to cultivating a community that welcomes all people, regardless of race, gender, disability, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or gender expression.

The Department of Chemistry is committed to excellence in educating future STEM professionals through inquiry, innovative teaching, and laboratory exploration. The Chemistry Department is located on the third floors of both the Copley Science Center and Brock Hall, and consists of seven teaching laboratories, five research laboratories, two multimedia classrooms, and additional rooms for housing instrumentation.  We are among the best-equipped chemistry departments in the country regarding quantity and quality of instruments and student to instrument ratio. Our students are trained to use each of these instruments via laboratory courses and through their own research projects.

Major/Essential Functions:  The candidate will teach the following undergraduate courses:  physical chemistry 1&2 lecture, physical chemistry 1 laboratory, and contribute to the general chemistry sequence. 

Minimum Qualifications:  Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field.  Demonstrated commitment to teaching at the undergraduate level.  Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching. Experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to pedagogical methods that enable students across racial, ethnic, and socio-economic groups to reach their maximum potential.

Preferred Qualifications:  Willingness to collaborate with department members in recruitment of students, instrument maintenance, and other departmental responsibilities.  Research with undergraduate students is not required but is encouraged.

Application Procedures:  To apply, please submit the following as a single pdf document to Sabrina Granderson, Administrative Services Coordinator, at

The documents that must be submitted include the following: 

  • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s qualifications. 
  • Curriculum vitae. 
  • A brief (one page) statement of teaching philosophy.
  • A brief (one page) statement of research interests, if applicable.
  • A brief (one page) statement describing past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts (scanned copies acceptable); and
  • The names and contact information for three professional references. At least one must be able to address commitment to undergraduate teaching; please indicate the teaching reference in your letter of application. Please do not ask references to submit letters of recommendation; the committee will conduct reference checks by phone.

For full consideration, applications must be received by May 25, 2021.  While applications may be accepted after this date, it is not guaranteed that they will be considered.  At this time, please only upload the required documents listed above; finalists will be asked to submit recordings, syllabi, publications and/or student evaluations. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the search committee.

Randolph-Macon College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, disability, or veteran status in its education or employment programs or activities.

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