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Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Towson University
Towson, Maryland
Closing date
Jun 22, 2023

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Field of specialization
Analytical, Education, Environmental, Forensic, Organic
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Job Type
Full time

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Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Department of Chemistry

Fisher College of Science and Mathematics



The Department of Chemistry at Towson University is searching for a Visiting Assistant Professor with primary teaching responsibilities in any of the following areas (depending on the expertise of the individual):  introductory chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, organic chemistry, and/or forensic chemistry.  This position will start in Fall 2023 and the appointment will be for the 2023-2024 academic year.  Review of applications will begin immediately.



The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry starting August 2023.  This is a non-tenure track, 9-month position with the possibility of renewal for a second year, pending availability of funding, satisfactory performance, and departmental staffing needs.



A Ph.D. degree in chemistry or a closely related field is required.  Applicants should possess a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, and the ability to teach introductory chemistry and courses in other areas corresponding to the applicant’s expertise. Ability to mentor students in research and independent study experiences is preferred.  



Teaching lecture and laboratory courses (approximately 8 courses per year), engaging in service activities to the department (including advising undergraduate majors), and mentoring undergraduate independent study and/or research projects.


Towson University: 

Towson University (TU) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.


Application Process

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Applicants must submit the following as a single pdf file: cover letter, curriculum vitae, unofficial academic transcripts showing all degrees earned, and a statement of teaching philosophy which addresses teaching undergraduate chemistry and mentoring undergraduates in research (no longer than 2 pages).


Applications and inquiries about the position should be sent directly to Dr. Ryan Casey, Chair, Department of Chemistry (  Specify “Chemistry VAP Search” in the subject of your email.


Applicants selected for further evaluation will be asked to arrange for letters of reference to be sent under separate cover.


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.


The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, the University System of Maryland (USM) has strongly encouraged full COVID vaccination and up-to-date booster shots (when eligible) for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM as both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety.


Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line form. All data collected are for internal, state, and/or federal reporting and will not be used for other purposes.


Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in “A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25).” TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage applications from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expressions, national origins, ages, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientations and belief backgrounds.


Founded in 1866, today Towson University is recognized by U.S. News & World Report's top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Towson is nationally recognized for its programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, communications, health sciences, and the fine and performing arts. The University places a strong emphasis on service learning and civic engagement through such activities as internships, practica, clinical placements, course assignments and student events. As the Baltimore area's largest university and Maryland’s Metropolitan University, Towson articulates its research and scholarship mission through partnerships that link the University to the economic, educational and cultural life of the state of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. Towson enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 62 undergraduate majors, 38 masters’ programs and four doctoral programs. Located on a rolling 328 acres, the striking campus is eight miles north of downtown Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington, D.C. The campus and its surrounding cities provide an excellent environment for teaching and supporting the academic pursuits of the 700 full-time faculty who work here.

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