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Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Fort Lewis College
Durango, Colorado
$55,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package
Closing date
Oct 6, 2022

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Position Summary  This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position, in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The primary responsibility of this position is to teach general chemistry and upper-division courses in the discipline.  

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or Biochemistry.   Experimental chemist with research experience in analytical or instrumental techniques.   Record of teaching experience and excellence at the undergraduate level.     All applicants should be prepared to teach both lower-division and upper-division courses in the discipline.   Demonstrated ability to work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative setting.     A commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.  

Major Responsibilities 

  • Teaching general chemistry and specialized courses in successful candidate’s research area.   Demonstrating a commitment to student success in the classroom, during office hours, through mentorship of chemistry and biochemistry students and by supervising undergraduate research projects    Maintaining an active program of scholarship and disciplinary engagement     Participating in departmental and College governance and professional service     Engaging authentically with students, the department and colleagues     Safely operate and model proper use of lab equipment    Maintaining knowledge and awareness of digital accessibility including the American with Disabilities Act and Section 508.    Producing and remediating digitally accessible materials in accordance with FLC standards.    Performing other duties as assigned  

Work Conditions 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that an employee can expect while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.    

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office  and laboratory equipment (computers, phone, printers, vents)      Use of Personal Protective Equipment(PPE) as required by law and manufacturer requirements    Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.    Safely work with hazardous chemicals  including, but not limited to strong acids/bases, flammable solvents, pyrophoric compounds, possible carcinogens   Ability to work in a fume hood  

Compensation   The salary for this position is $55,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package

Application Process 
A complete application packet includes: 

  • Cover letter addressing interest and qualifications for position 
    • Include details regarding how your personal and professional experiences allow you to encourage a learning environment grounded in equity and inclusion.  “How do you envision contributing to Fort Lewis College’s commitment to equity and inclusion?” 
    Resume  Names and contact information for three current, professional references 

Submit materials as one PDF file via email to: 

Application materials received by October 9, 2022, will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled. 

The successful candidate will be required to submit original, official college transcripts,  and pass a background check. 

The College and the Community

Fort Lewis College, a public institution located in Durango, Colorado, offers degree programs in arts, business, education, health fields, humanities, social and natural sciences, and teacher education. Our inspiring mountain campus is located atop a scenic mesa overlooking historic Durango and situated between the San Juan Mountains and the desert Southwest. We are committed to accessible and high-quality baccalaureate education, and our hallmarks are remarkably close relationships between students and faculty, the freedom of intellectual exploration, and the challenge of experiential learning. Our 3,300 students come from 48 states, 17 countries, with 36% Native American and Alaska Native backgrounds, and 11% Hispanic backgrounds. Durango is a thriving multicultural community of 18,500 set along the beautiful Animas River Valley. Averaging 300 sunny days per year, the community is known for its outdoor lifestyle and friendly, festive atmosphere. Durango is also the cultural and economic hub of the Four Corners region, rich in dining, shopping, and entertainment, and linked with airline service to hubs in Denver, Phoenix, and Dallas.

Equal Opportunity

Fort Lewis College does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin, sex*, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family or domestic status, political beliefs, veteran status, pregnancy, or genetic information. Accordingly, equal opportunity for employment shall be extended to all persons. The College shall promote equal opportunity, equal treatment, and affirmative action efforts to increase the diversity of students, faculty, and staff. The College is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. To file a report, get resources, read policies, or make an appointment, See

Questions about Title IX sex discrimination? Other discrimination questions? Office of the Title 9 Coordinator
Kate Suazo
230 Skyhawk Station
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-6729 Office of the Equal Opportunity Coordinator
David Pirrone
192 Education Business Hall
1000 Rim Drive
Durango, Colorado 81301
(970) 247-7182


Information about Fort Lewis College’s alcohol and drug policy, sexual assault policy, campus security policies, campus crime statistics, fire safety procedures and fire statistics, and campus/community resources can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Hard copies are available upon request.

* Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Fort Lewis College may be directed to FLC's Title IX Coordinator and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education.

ADAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Kristin Polens by phone 970-247-7459 or email at least five business days before the assessment date to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


Fort Lewis College (FLC) is a state-supported liberal arts college with its own governing board and is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The Chemistry Department has laboratories and a lecture hall in a modern new facility and is housed within the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences. Total enrollment at the College is about 4,000 students with 40% multicultural population. FLC is well known regionally for its outdoor recreation opportunities, premier field schools in archaeology and geology, and its research based chemistry program. The community of Durango, Colorado, is located in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains of Southwestern Colorado in the culturally rich and geographically diverse Four Corners region. For further community information, please visit

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