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Assistant Professor/Chemistry

Southern Oregon University
Ashland, Oregon
Closing date
Jan 22, 2022

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Field of specialization
Education, Organic
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Job Type
Full time
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Assistant Professor/Chemistry

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: F00177

Position Summary:

The Chemistry Department in the Division of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Southern Oregon University (SOU) invites applications for a tenure-track, 9-month, Assistant Professor in Organic Chemistry position. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading organic chemistry lectures and labs for both majors and non-majors, and will also have an opportunity to contribute to general chemistry, biochemistry, and/or general education courses.

The Chemistry Department values supportive interactions with students and the successful candidate should demonstrate the desire to teach, advise, and sustain a vibrant research program with undergraduates with diverse backgrounds. Scholarly activities may include research in the scholarship of discovery, synthesis, application, or teaching. Our program is well-equipped with a 400 MHz FT-NMR, UV-Vis, ICP-AES, FTIR-ATR, GC, HPLC, five MS systems including two LC-MS, XRF, and supporting equipment. For more information see

Other responsibilities include department and university service, curriculum development, professional affiliations as appropriate, and other responsibilities as assigned. The successful candidate will ideally have a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry or a closely related field. Postdoctoral experience and/or college level teaching experience is highly desirable.

We offer excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 16, 2022 and the position will be open until filled with priority deadline of February 21, 2022.

The Chemistry program is actively engaging in addressing and serving the needs of the growing diversity of its student body and welcomes applicants from a diversity of backgrounds including historically underrepresented groups in higher education.

Southern Oregon University is a public liberal arts institution of approximately 6,000 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. The surrounding area is known for cultural offerings such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Ashland International Film Festival, and the Britt Music Festival. The Rogue Valley is also renowned for outdoor activities such as hiking, snowboarding, and fishing.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Initial appointment at the rank of assistant professor requires a terminal degree in chemistry, or ABD, from an accredited institution.

• Applicants should have at least one year of experience teaching in higher education.

• Applicants should provide documented evidence of teaching excellence and scholarly activities.

Preferred Qualification:

• Ph.D. in organic chemistry or closely related field from an accredited institution.

• More than one year of teaching in higher education teaching, advising, and mentoring undergraduate and/or graduate students.

• Postdoctoral experience and/or college level teaching experience is highly desirable.

• Demonstrated desire to teach, advise, and pursue active research with undergraduates with diverse learning styles and backgrounds.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (4) teaching philosophy including efforts/experience in reaching diverse student populations; (5) research proposal with projects suitable for undergraduates – please include an estimate of initial and ongoing costs; (6) contact information for 3 professional references who are willing to provide a letter of recommendation on request. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application, please contact Human Resources for assistance.

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit:

Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered salary and our Total Compensation Calculator,, demonstrates our value and commitment to our employees.

Special Conditions

•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.

•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.

•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.

•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):

-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime

•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees

Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link: A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email

All applicants must apply online at

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

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