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Assistant Professor - Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics - Biochemistry

Eastern Washington University
Cheney, Washington State
Closing date
Sep 22, 2022

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Assistant Professor - Chemistry, Biochemistry & Physics - Biochemistry


About Eastern Washington University:


Eastern Washington University, a regional, comprehensive public university with an enrollment of over 10,000 students, is one of six state-funded four-year institutions of higher education in Washington, each governed by its own board of trustees. EWU’s 300-acre main campus is located in Cheney, a community of 12,000 residents 16 miles southwest of Washington’s second largest city, Spokane. Eastern also offers programs in downtown Spokane at the innovative, energy-efficient Catalyst building and at Riverpoint, a campus shared with Washington State University. In addition, EWU programs can be found at select locations throughout the state, aligned with the needs of the community. Eastern contributes to the vitality of the region and the state through its wide array of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 100 fields of study, as well as applied doctorates in physical therapy and educational leadership, offering accessible pathways to career success and personal development to students of all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.


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:


The Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics at Eastern Washington University (EWU) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biochemistry to begin in September 2023.

The Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics has 14 tenure-track faculty and roughly 110 undergraduate majors. We take pride in our student focused programs, strong undergraduate research activities and updated teaching and research facilities. Our faculty collaborate with faculty/staff in other STEM departments, across campus, and academic/non-academic partners in the Inland Northwest and beyond.


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 biochemistry, lower-division chemistry courses, and electives in the faculty member's area of interest. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in biochemistry or chemistry with a focus on biochemistry and who demonstrate a robust potential for scholarly activity with undergraduates.


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.


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 Biochemistry or Chemistry with a focus on biochemistry

• 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

• Demonstrated ability to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and identities


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:


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.


Note: Interviews may be conducted via Zoom (camera must be enabled).While we anticipate being open for in-person instruction for academic year2022-23, should Washington State or university pandemic restrictionsdisallow for in-person instruction, then courses will be taught via onlineplatforms, including Zoom and other technologies. Candidates must be ableto demonstrate competence using these technologies.


Salary Information: The expected salary upon hire is $69,651.


Posting Date: 08/23/2022


Open Until Further Notice: Yes


Closing Date:


Screening to Begin: 10/03/2022


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.


To apply, visit


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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