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Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor

Employer
The College of Wooster
Location
Wooster, OH
Salary
commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022

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Field of specialization
Organic
Work Function
Laboratory, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time
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The College of Wooster invites applications for an Organic Chemistry Laboratory Instructor to begin in either January 2023 or August 2023. Ideally, the applicant will serve in a full-time nine-month position with the possibility for renewal; however, we are open to part-time employment if the candidate prefers. Core responsibilities include teaching in Wooster’s two-semester Organic Chemistry Laboratory course sequence, as well as administrative and preparatory tasks associated with delivering the courses to Wooster students.

The College of Wooster is an independent college of the liberal arts and sciences with a commitment to excellence in undergraduate education. We enroll a racially, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse student population of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, of which 6% identify as Latinx; 9%, as Black/African American; 4%, as Asian; 4%, as multiracial; and 61% as white. Fifteen percent (15%) of our students are studying on international visas. Twenty-five percent (25%) are Pell-eligible and 11% are first-generation college students. Our student-centered curriculum is supported by initiatives at the departmental and institutional levels that provide academic support, advance equity, and promote success among this diverse group. We are interested in hiring individuals who can contribute to the intellectual vibrancy of the community through culturally relevant pedagogy, curricular diversity, intercultural fluency, and a commitment to ensuring equitable outcomes for racially and ethnically minoritized and marginalized student groups.

Applicants should have an M.S. degree in Chemistry or an associated field by the time of appointment and should demonstrate either potential for, or experience with, inclusive teaching practices. All interested individuals are encouraged to apply, particularly those from traditionally marginalized or minoritized groups in Chemistry.

The successful candidate applying for the full-time position will teach the equivalent of 4.5 courses (9 sections) of Organic Chemistry Laboratory per year, in collaboration with organic chemistry faculty members assisting with the design and implementation of the curriculum. A typical teaching schedule involves five sections of Organic Chemistry I Laboratory in the Fall, and four sections of Organic Chemistry II Laboratory in the Spring. In addition to implementing curricular innovations associated with the lab courses, key responsibilities include equipping student lab drawers, preparing supplies and reagents, maintaining and operating relevant instruments, and supervising student laboratory assistants. The candidate may also have the opportunity to contribute to our curriculum by teaching a course for non-science majors or an upper-level elective related to their field of interest. Candidates interested in part-time employment may teach one or more Organic Chemistry Laboratory courses.

The Department of Chemistry (https://wooster.edu/area/chemistry/) has a strong emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary learning and a thriving culture of mentored undergraduate research. The Department is housed in a recently renovated teaching and research space integrated with the life science facilities. It has a 400 MHz NMR spectrometer, a high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer, and eight full-time faculty members who mentor a total of 15-20 seniors per year, many of whom pursue advanced study and/or careers in chemistry.

The following materials should be submitted via Interfolio [http://apply.interfolio.com/114684]:

  • one-page cover letter, summarizing the applicant’s interest in the position
  • curriculum vitae
  • unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • one-page diversity statement, which should speak to the candidate’s ability to engage with issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the laboratory and the curriculum
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy, highlighting pedagogical approaches and/or guiding principles that the candidate would envision using in an Organic Chemistry Lab
  • two letters of recommendation  

Interfolio accounts are free to applicants – simply press “apply”. Questions about the position may be directed to Karl Feierabend, Chair of the Search Committee, at kfeierabend@wooster.edu. Review of applications will begin October 25 and continue until the position is filled.

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