Chemistry Instructor Position

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

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Field of specialization
Education, General / Technical, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time
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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.    

The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus. 

Western Carolina University (WCU), one of the 17 campuses of the University of North Carolina system, invites applications for a 9-month instructor position in organic chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics, starting August 1, 2022.  

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. 

  The instructor position is a 9-month, fixed-term faculty position. The faculty member will be expected to teach 12 contact hours per semester, engage in service activities for the University, and serve as an academic advisor to chemistry undergraduate students. While applicants with any chemistry specialization are encouraged to apply, candidates whose teaching interests support the organic discipline are preferred. Of particular interest are candidates who can teach courses across multiple chemistry disciplines.   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.  

Application materials must be submitted online and should include: 1) a letter of intent; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy; 4) list of three references (including contact information); and 5) 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. Review of application materials will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Jamie Wallen at

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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