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Teaching Assistant Professor

Colorado School of Mines
Golden, Colorado
Mines is offering an academic year salary of $67,500 - $71,000.
Closing date
Oct 12, 2022

Job Details

The Opportunity

The Department of Chemistry at Colorado School of Mines invites applications for a full-time Teaching Faculty position at the rank of assistant professor. This is a permanent, 9-month non-tenure track position with possibility of additional summer teaching. The successful candidate will be expected to teach general chemistry, and general chemistry laboratory with additional teaching opportunities in upper level courses within their area of expertise (Physical, Analytical, Organic, Inorganic, Biochemistry). We seek candidates excited to share in our mission of addressing the challenges of a sustainable global society by educating the next generation of leading scientists and engineers and expanding the frontiers of knowledge through student centered learning. The Department emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to solving real-world problems in areas such as sustainability, alternative fuels and energy, biodetection, materials, nanomedicines and water quality assessment.


  • Work effectively in a collegial, collaborative, interdisciplinary academic environment both within the Department and across the Mines campus.
  • Participate and teach in General Chemistry curriculum including innovating and improving both lecture and lab components.
  • Perform service to the department and university through committee involvement, student advising and outreach.
  • In the introductory discussions, lead large-enrollment class sessions with active learning pedagogies (e.g., clicker questions, worked examples).
  • Contribute to other parts of the Chemistry and/or biochemistry undergraduate and (Applied) Chemistry graduate curriculum.
  • Advise and mentor undergraduate students.
  • Cultivate and promote an inclusive and diverse Mines community through teaching, recruiting, mentorship, collaboration, and service.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A M.Sc. in chemistry or related field by the time the appointment begins.
  • Experience teaching in general chemistry courses with in-person laboratory sections and willingness to teach upper level courses in area of expertise.
  • A commitment to classroom innovation using inclusive pedagogies and active learning technologies in the classroom.
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate education, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively as a member of a teaching team.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in chemistry or related field by the time the appointment begins.
  • Experience in project-based and/or active-learning pedagogy 
  • Experience teaching courses in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience designing and implementing lab curricula
  • Experience in the coordination of multi-section lab
  • Experience in the development and presentation of online chemistry courses
  • Experience mentoring and working with students with diverse academic backgrounds in instructional settings

About Mines and The Department

Located in Golden, CO, in the foothills of the Rockies, 13 miles west of Denver and 21 miles south of Boulder, Mines is a public institution dedicated to education and research in engineering and the applied sciences. Mines has 5796 undergraduate students and 1,706 graduate students in a broad range of applied science and engineering disciplines. Mines has the highest admissions standards of any public university in Colorado and among the highest of any public university in the U.S. Colorado School of Mines was ranked the No. 4 best engineering college in the United States by Money Magazine in 2020. Mines was recently dubbed the top public university in the nation for return on investment in's "Colleges Worth Your Investment" list. The Department of Chemistry offers B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and conducts a research program emphasizing interdisciplinary approaches to solving real world problems. For additional information, please visit

Mines produces industry-ready scientists and engineers known for their work ethic, problem-solving ability and teamwork focus. Mines graduates are in great demand by companies and government entities around the world and are involved in solving major technical and societal challenges of our times. We have several initiatives aimed at enhancing teaching and the student experience, including our exceptional Trefny Innovative Instruction Center, which supports best practices for teaching and learning on campus including, online courses ( Our Center for Entrepreneurship and Education supports students and faculty to change the world through innovative thinking and entrepreneurial pursuits ( The Mines community is in the process of developing a Strategic Plan for Diversity, Inclusion, and Access; which supports a wide range of activities, including inclusive hiring, inclusivity in the classroom, cultivating a respectful and compassionate campus culture, family friendly programming and polices, expanding pathways for success, ensuring shared responsibility ( 

Colorado School of Mines is known globally for the quality of its distinctive graduates, the success of its alumni and its unique expertise in topics related to earth, energy and the environment. Our core values include Inquiry and Innovation, Inspiration, Challenge, Openness, Respect, Diversity, Compassion, and Collaboration. Each of the values above facilitates our shared success, and the advancement of Mines and its mission; by our examples and by our encouragement we seek to foster these values throughout our community, and especially among our students, so as to inspire them to pursue excellence in our shared lives of inquiry and innovation. For more information visit   

Equal Opportunity

Colorado School of Mines is committed to equal opportunity for all persons.  Mines does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), ancestry, creed, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status or current military service. Further, Mines does not retaliate against community members for filing complaints regarding or implicating any of these protected statuses.

Mines’ commitment to nondiscrimination, affirmative action, equal opportunity and equal access is reflected in the administration of its policies, procedures, programs and activities and in its efforts to achieve a diverse student body and workforce.

Through its policies, procedures and resources, Mines complies with federal law, Colorado state law, administrative regulations, executive orders and other legal requirements to prevent discrimination (including harassment or retaliation) within the Mines campus community and to address potential allegations of inequity or concerns for safety.

Pay Range

Mines is offering an academic year salary of $67,500 - $71,000.

Mines takes into consideration a combination of candidate’s education, training and experience as well as the position’s scope and complexity, the discretion and latitude required in the role, work location, and external market and internal value when determining a salary level for potential new employees.

Total Rewards Mines is proud to provide exceptional benefits that include pay, health & wellness and work/life balance offerings.  Our portfolio of benefits includes medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. Additionally, Mines employees are eligible for tuition benefits (for employees and dependents), generous paid holidays and leaves and discount programs.  Additionally, Mines’ leadership and innovation brings proximity and access to several research centers, consortia, agencies, labs and leading edge technology.  For more information, visit Mines benefits

How to Apply

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application (personal information, demographic information, veteran status and the names with contact information of three professional references from whom letters may be subsequently requested,)

Additionally, the following are required:

(1) a cover letter describing interest in the position and desired rank,  
(2) a statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages or less) 
(3) a curriculum vitae,  
(4) a statement of contributions to diversity and inclusion describing your past experiences and proposed activities to advance access, inclusion and diversity at Mines (2 pages or less) (for more information visit

For full consideration, apply by October 31, 2022. The position will remain open until filled. 

Teaching Statement: Mines is committed to high-quality, hands-on, and project-based learning. Additionally, Mines is growing its online MS non-thesis degree programs. Candidates should cover their in-person and hands-on teaching pedagogy and be prepared to describe any experience they have in online education.

Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Candidates should submit a statement on Contributions to Diversity and Inclusion. Mines is committed to access, inclusion, and diversity and is actively developing a strategic plan to advance Diversity, Inclusion, and Access (for more information visit

For questions about this opportunity, contact Kathleen Feighny in Human Resources at

Background Investigation Required


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

Effective December 18, 2021, this position will require documented proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. New employees will be required to provide attestation to their status with proof of vaccination upon hire.
Religious and medical exemptions and reasonable accommodation shall be addressed as required by law pursuant to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s vaccination guidance.


The Colorado School of Mines offers Master of Science, Master of Engineering, Doctor of Philosophy, and professional degrees with an enrollment of approximately 800 graduate students from around the world. With a graduate student-to-faculty ratio of just over 4 to 1, CSM offers a personalized education unavailable at other universities. Our reputation and high admission standards give our graduates an edge in the job market - 95% of our graduate students are successfully placed by graduation. The School’s continued success is seen in the caliber of our faculty, the quality of our facilities, the demand for our graduates, and the achievements of our alumni. The graduate and research program in chemical engineering at CSM is extremely diverse and features programs in combustion, materials science (including electronic materials, membranes, polymers and colloids), transport processes, theoretical and applied thermodynamics, computer modeling, computational methods and atomistic simulation and fuels science.

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