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Assistant Professor - Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics - Biochemistry and Forensics

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington State
Closing date
Feb 11, 2022

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Assistant Professor - Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics - Biochemistry and Forensics

About Eastern Washington University:

Eastern Washington University is a regional, comprehensive public university located in Cheney and Spokane, Washington, with programs offered throughout the state and online with an enrollment of over 12,000 students. Eastern is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington reporting to its own Board of Trustees.

Eastern’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 11,000 residents 16 miles southwest of the state’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the Brand new Catalyst building and on the Riverpoint Campus which is shared with Washington State University. Eastern also offers program throughout the state based on the needs of the community. Eastern offers an array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and one applied doctorate in physical therapy. EWU offers 135 fields of study, 9 master’s degrees, 12 graduate certificates, 39 graduate programs, 1 educational specialist degree, and 1 applied doctorate to more than 10,000 enrolled students.

Tribal Land Acknowledgement

Eastern Washington University resides within the traditional homelands of the Spokane People and other tribes who are connected through their shared history of this region. This land holds their cultural DNA and it is their Ancestors who are here and bring forth the knowledge of this place—the knowledge that comes from the land.

Job Summary:


Assistant Professor, Forensic Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Eastern Washington University

Salary: $66,598

The Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics at Eastern Washington University (EWU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with expertise in Forensic Chemistry to begin in September 2022.

The Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics has 14 tenure-track faculty and roughly 110 undergraduate majors. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with the Washington State Crime Lab co-located on EWU's campus. Eastern Washington University, located on the ancestral lands of the Spokane people, is a midsize regional, comprehensive institution offering high-quality liberal arts and professional undergraduate and graduate programs in Cheney, Spokane, and elsewhere in Washington State. Approximately one-third of EWU students are Black, Indigenous, Latinx, or People of Color and half are first-generation college students, making EWU one of the most culturally and economically diverse universities in the state of Washington. The Spokane metropolitan area is home to over 400,000 diverse residents and offers great four-season outdoor recreational opportunities and a vibrant arts and cultural community. EWU supports the economic and cultural life of the Pacific Northwest through our large alumni base and the expertise of our faculty and students.

We are seeking broadly trained candidates who will be inspirational teachers, role models, and mentors who complement the strengths of our faculty to engage in instructionally-intensive undergraduate programs. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and to the development of a strong externally funded research program involving undergraduates. Candidates must show a high degree of interest in human and cultural diversity with a demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach to teaching and scholarship that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public. Additionally, all faculty are expected to actively participate in curriculum development and assessment of student learning.

Teaching responsibilities include upper-division courses in forensic chemistry, biochemistry, lower-division chemistry courses, and electives in the faculty member's area of interest. Although all chemistry sub-disciplines will be considered, preference will be given to candidates with a background in forensic chemistry or biochemistry and who demonstrate a robust potential for scholarly activity with undergraduates.

EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: Eastern strives to satisfy all requests for special access needs for persons with disabilities. Requests for such accommodations are welcome and may be made by calling Human Resources at: (509) 359‐2381.

Required Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in chemistry, biochemistry or a related field by start date. ABD applicants are welcome, but must complete their Ph.D. by the time of appointment

• Excellent communication skills to meet the needs of our diverse student body

• Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Ph.D in Chemistry with a background in Biochemistry or Forensic Chemistry

• Demonstrated potential for teaching undergraduates

• Demonstrated potential for scholarly activities with undergraduates

• Demonstrated ability to publish scholarly literature

• Demonstrated ability to contribute to biochemistry curriculum

• Desire to pursue external funding

Other Skills and Abilities:

Job Duties:

% of Time: 100

Responsibility / Duty: A Faculty Activity Plan will be developed by the end of the first quarter of the selected candidate’s appointment, and will consist of a combination of teaching, research, service, and/or release time to perform administrative duties, as negotiated and as needed to meet the business needs of the department.

Additionally, all faculty are expected to engage in effective teaching and assessment of student learning.

• Meet all scheduled classes;

• Plan, organize and inform students of the course content, texts, readings, assignments, attendance regulations and methods of evaluation including grading scales;

• Schedule and attend office hours;

• Turn in grades according to established deadlines;

• Advise students who are declared majors on department, college and University requirements and career opportunities.

Essential Function Indicator: Yes

Conditions of Employment:

We are open for in-person instruction for academic year 2021-22, should Washington State or University pandemic restrictions disallow for in-person instruction, then courses will be taught via online platforms, including Zoom and other technologies. Candidates must be able to demonstrate competence using these technologies.

This position, during the course of university employment will be involved in the receipt of, or accountability for, university funds or other items of value; as well as the unsupervised access with the developmentally disabled, vulnerable adults or children under the age of 16. The offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion and passing of a background check and applicant certification prior to beginning employment.

All new employees must comply with EWU immunization Policy 602-02 and provide proof of immunity or vaccination to MMR and proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before beginning work at EWU. Waivers for the immunization requirements are available for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs.

Salary Information: The expected salary upon hire is $66,598.

Posting Date: 01/11/2022

Open Until Further Notice: Yes

Closing Date:

Screening to Begin: 02/14/2022

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit your application materials through our online applications portal provided below. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resources Services at (509) 359-2381.

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EWU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, age, marital status, families with children, protected veteran or military status, HIV or hepatitis C, status as a mother breastfeeding her child, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, as provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws.

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