Chemistry & Physics Assistant/Associate Professor

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, North Carolina
Salary and benefits commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a “Get Vaccinated or Get Tested” policy effective September 15, 2021.  This will require you demonstrate evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.   

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for a 9- month tenure-track faculty position in physical chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2022.  Rank will be determined at point of hire. 

The Department of Chemistry and Physics at WCU offers B.S. degrees in Chemistry (including an ACS-certified degree program) and Forensic Science, an M.S. degree in Chemistry (both as a stand-alone program and as part of an accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program), and minors in chemistry and physics. The Department of Chemistry & Physics is located in the new Tom Apodaca Science Building, which provides the department with state-of-the-art laboratory and classroom space. 

Candidates whose teaching and research interests support the physical chemistry discipline are preferred.  Of particular interest are candidates whose research agendas are at the interface of chemistry subdisciplines, such as biophysical, physical organic, and polymer chemistry. Applicants that can integrate both computational and bench chemistry into their teaching and research programs are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application materials must be submitted online and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) research philosophy and plan; 5) list of three references (including contact information); and 6) unofficial transcripts. The submitted teaching philosophy (ca. 2 pages) should include a description of the types of courses the applicant would most like to teach.  See for current course offerings.  The submitted research philosophy and plan (ca. 3 – 5 pages) should specifically address how the applicant’s scholarship will support the education of undergraduate and Master’s-level students. Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Jamie Wallen at

WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, and veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.


A member of the University of North Carolina system, Western Carolina University offers courses in the arts, sciences, technologies, humanities, and professions. Students can elect degree programs at the bachelor, masters, or doctoral levels. A faculty of about 335 serves a student body of over 7,000 on the main campus in Cullowhee and extension classes in Asheville. Western Carolina University is located in the scenic Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee Indian Reservation, Fontana Lake, and numerous resort areas provide golfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, water sports, and other recreational opportunities nearby.
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