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Visiting Assistant Professor, Physical Chemistry

University of the South
Sewanee, Tennessee
Depends on Qualifications
Closing date
Mar 26, 2023

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Position Overview

The Chemistry Department at The University of the South is committed to ensuring the success of the diverse and talented students in our classrooms and laboratories.  

To achieve this goal, we invite applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor to begin in August 2023.

The position is currently for one year, with the possibility of conversion to a tenure track line.  

The department will be carrying out a tenure-track search next academic year. Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 


Position Description

The Chemistry Department at The University of the South offers majors in both chemistry and biochemistry while also providing support to many other majors.  

Additionally, we maintain an active research community supported by an extensive suite of modern instrumentation used by faculty and students.

The department also deeply values undergraduate research and collaboration opportunities. As such, we will gladly welcome a new community member launching collaborative research endeavors with us or our students.


Attributes of a Successful Candidate

We seek highly qualified candidates capable of teaching in any area of physical chemistry (broadly defined). Primary teaching responsibilities will be upper-level physical chemistry courses and general chemistry, both lecture and laboratory. Other possible duties could include teaching non-major courses supporting the general education program.     

A successful candidate must have a doctorate in Chemistry with training in physical chemistry or a related subfield by the date of appointment; however, applicants currently completing their degree will be equally considered. Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.   To apply, please submit a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, unofficial copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the contact information for a minimum of three reference letters writers. Please address your commitment to and experience with supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in both your cover letter and your teaching philosophy. If the candidate desires, they can send an optional short statement describing research plans that clearly explain how the work will be meaningful for undergraduate researchers.   

Applications should be submitted directly via the institution’s job board. Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Chemistry Department, F.B. Williams Professor of Chemistry Robert Bachman (   


Supplemental Information  

Sewanee is committed to faculty working together in cohorts on new areas of focus: the 17 positions hired over the next two years will be invited to any of the following three cohorts: environment, data, and social justice. It is not imperative that a new faculty member join a cohort, but such relationships and collaborations will be encouraged and supported, with the goal of a more productive and fulfilling professional life.  

The University of the South includes a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.  

Employment eligibility is contingent upon successful prescreening.  


DEI Institutional Statement: At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.   Equal Employment Opportunity: The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.



The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. It is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau.

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