Visiting Assistant Professor

Chemistry Department, University of Richmond
University of Richmond, Virginia
Closing date
Feb 20, 2023

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The Department of Chemistry in the School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Richmond invites applications for a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry, beginning August 2023. This is a non-tenure track appointment, annually renewable for up to three years, contingent upon performance, budget, and continued need. The individual we seek will be a highly effective teacher and student-centered mentor with a strong commitment to pedagogies that value diversity and inclusivity. The teaching load is three units per semester and will include Physical Chemistry I (Thermodynamics & Kinetics) and II (Quantum Mechanics) lectures and the associated laboratory course. Support for research with undergraduates may be possible. A Ph.D. is required.

The University of Richmond is a highly selective, private, primarily undergraduate institution offering ACS-certified degrees. The Chemistry Department graduates more than 45 chemistry and BMB (biochemistry and molecular biology) majors each year and is staffed with faculty who are committed teachers and active research scientists. Our excellent support staff, instrumentation, and modern facilities are conducive to high-level teaching and departmental research activity.

The University of Richmond is a private university located just a short drive from downtown Richmond, Virginia. Through its five schools and wide array of campus programming, the University combines the best qualities of a small liberal arts college and a large university. With nearly 4,000 students, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 90% of our traditional undergraduate students living on campus, the University is remarkably student-centered, focused on preparing students “to live lives of purpose, thoughtful inquiry, and responsible leadership in a global and pluralistic society.”

The University of Richmond is committed to developing a diverse workforce and student body, and to modeling an inclusive campus community which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development, and institutional success. Our academic community strongly encourages applications that are in keeping with this commitment. For more information on the department and its programs, please see

Applicants should apply online at Applications should include a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and teaching statement. The teaching statement should articulate the candidate’s teaching philosophy, interests, and future professional development goals, as well as involvement in and commitment to inclusive pedagogy. In addition, please include copies of academic transcripts. Candidates for this position may be asked, at a later date, to provide the names and contact information for three references who will be asked to submit letters of recommendation. Review of applications will commence January 20th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the search should be addressed to Dr. Carol Parish at


The University of Richmond blends the intimacy of a small college with exceptional academic, research and cultural opportunities usually found only at large institutions. A nationally ranked private liberal arts university with roughly 3,000 undergraduates, Richmond offers a unique combination of programs through its schools of Arts and Sciences, Business, Leadership Studies, Law, and Continuing and Professional Studies. Our science and math departments offer solid classroom and teaching laboratory experiences along with extensive opportunities for undergraduate research. In summer 2015, over 65 undergraduates performed research with UR Chemistry faculty members, of whom 67 percent were funded internally and 36 percent were funded with external grants (NSF, NIH, Research Corporation, Dreyfus Foundation, ACS-PRF, HHMI, Beckman, etc). The latest in modern instrumentation supports this work, including 300 & 500 MHz NMRs and QTOF and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometers, as well as CD, ITC and DSC. The teaching load for the Visiting Faculty Position is seven or eight courses per year (three or four each semester), with lecture and laboratory sections each counting as one teaching unit. Introductory lecture and lab enrollments are typically around 30 and 20 students, respectively; lower enrollments are often present in upper-level lectures and labs. The Chemistry Department is ACS-accredited and offers B.A. and B.S. degrees in Chemistry. Jointly with the Biology department, we also offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB). We graduate roughly 15-20 Chemistry Majors and 30-35 BMB majors each year. For more information, see:
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