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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky
Closing date
Nov 23, 2023

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Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Eastern Kentucky University

Title: Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Position Type: Fulltime Faculty

Search Type: External - minimum 7 days

Department: 21R000 - Science, Tech, Engineering & Math

Division: 2R0000 - Academic Affairs

Position Location: Richmond Campus

Driver Classification: Non-Driver

FLSA: Exempt

Schedule Type: Full Time (37.5 hrs per week or more)

Hours Per Week: 37.5

Additional Schedule Details:

Posted Salary Grade: Faculty Full Time - 01

Retirement: KTRS

Contact Person: Tanea T. Reed

About the College/Department:

Eastern Kentucky University is a regional, coeducational, public institution of higher education offering general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky, EKU has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth. Eastern Kentucky University is committed to access, equal opportunity, dignity, respect, and inclusion for all people, as integral to a learning environment in which intellectual creativity and diversity thrives. Eastern Kentucky University is committed to the promotion of regional stewardship and student engagement.

Situated near the heart of the Bluegrass, Richmond is served by a network of major highways that make EKU easily accessible from all parts of Kentucky and surrounding states. Richmond is 26 miles southeast of Lexington, Kentucky. Interstate Highways I-75 (north-south) and I-64 (east-west) make the metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, 112 miles to the north, and Louisville, 110 miles to the west, within convenient distance by automobile. Richmond is also served by U.S. Route 25 from Southeastern Kentucky and Kentucky Route 52 from the east and west. The Bluegrass, Mountain, Daniel Boone, and Cumberland Parkways provide even greater accessibility by automobile since the city is located near the convergence of these arterial highways into the interstate system.

EKU is dedicated to high-quality instruction, scholarship, and service, and places emphasis on the three in that order. Through its colleges and schools, the University seeks to offer quality instruction at a variety of degree levels in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. Through consultative services, continuing education, and the extended campus, the University seeks to provide service to the community and the region. Research seeks both to advance knowledge in the subject matter areas with which the University is concerned and to support the primary function of teaching.

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics at Eastern Kentucky University offers a broad range of degree programs in STEM areas that meet the needs of our students and prepare them for their chosen career or advanced studies.

Our outstanding faculty are committed to student success through excellent instruction, accessibility to students, and other high impact practices such as undergraduate research and hands-on instruction.

Our state-of-the-art Science Building provides laboratory and instructional spaces that are well-suited for engaged and transformative learning and cutting-edge research. Meadowbrook Farm provides students a unique experience to work with livestock and crop enterprises. It also serves as a learning resource for the agriculture community. Our natural areas at Lilley Cornett Woods, Maywoods, and Taylor Fork Ecological Area provide unparalleled outdoor facilities for environmental research and education. EKU's flight training operations at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport enables us to train the best and safest professional pilots, and the most forward-thinking managers coming out of academia today.

The Department of Chemistry at EKU provides a learning environment that enables students to obtain a strong foundation of chemical knowledge, laboratory skills, and problem solving skills at levels appropriate for the variety of students that we serve. The department also provides service to the University community, to the chemical profession and to the larger society, and is committed to engaging in scholarly activities on fundamental and applied problems in chemistry and chemical education.

The Department of Chemistry at Eastern Kentucky University is housed in the award-winning, state-of-the-art EKU Science Building. Our teaching, laboratory, and research spaces provide students with the ability to learn how to work with equipment and instruments commonly used in chemical research and industry. Students who wish to become involved in research will find our faculty eager to work with them and help them enter the field of professional chemistry or prepare them for graduate education. The Organic Chemistry program enjoys significant cross-disciplinary engagement throughout the department, college, and university.

Job Summary/Basic Functions

The Chemistry Department at Eastern Kentucky University welcomes applicants for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry to begin August 1, 2024.

Teaching responsibilities include introductory and upper division disciplinary courses to fulfill ACS degree requirements in the discipline. The candidate will assist in course development and curriculum design to enhance the chemistry program, including online and hybrid courses. Research expectations include the establishment of an independent research program commensurate with a masters-level institution. A listing of our current instrumentation can be found here:

Start-up funds are available.

Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Organic Chemistry, or a closely related field, from a regionally (SACS, Middle States, North Central, etc.) accredited or internationally recognized institution. They are expected to demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills with undergraduate students and the university community and be committed to excellence in teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Candidates for this position must have a Ph.D. in Chemistry with an emphasis in Organic Chemistry, or a closely related field, from a regionally (SACS, Middle States, North Central, etc.) accredited or internationally recognized institution.

Experience: Candidates for this position must be committed to excellence in teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Licensure & Certifications:

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates with post-doctoral and teaching experience. Candidates with research plans that can complement existing strengths of the department are preferred.

Job Duties:

Sponsorship: Visa sponsorship will be considered on a case-by-case basis, depending upon the needs of the unit, available sponsorship budget, and the qualifications of the candidate.

Funding Source: Institutional

Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions:

AA/EEO Statement

Eastern Kentucky University is an Equal Opportunity employer and educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of age (40 and over), race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, ethnicity, disability, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information in the admission to, or participation in, any educational program or activity (e.g., athletics, academics and housing) which it conducts or any employment policy or practice.

Background Check Statement

Offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory background check.

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