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Chemistry Faculty - Tenure Track

Employer
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Location
Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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Field of specialization
Organic
Work Function
Laboratory, Teaching-Undergraduate
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

The Chemistry Department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invites applications for a tenure track position to begin in August of 2024. Review of applicants will start on November 6, 2023 and continue until position is filled.

College/University Highlights
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), a liberal arts college for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), a liberal arts college for men, are located in the central lakes area of Minnesota, surrounded by more than 3,000 acres of pristine forests, prairies, and lakes. The campuses are minutes away from St. Cloud, an increasingly diverse regional center with a population of over 100,000, and 70 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul. Some CSB and SJU faculty and staff choose to reside locally, while others commute from the Twin Cities. Both St. Cloud and the Twin Cities offer a wide range of fine arts, cultural, dining, recreational, and sporting opportunities.

CSB and SJU are Catholic colleges in the Benedictine tradition enlivened by values of community, hospitality, stewardship, and justice. The schools are dedicated to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. Students, staff and faculty from many diverse belief systems and backgrounds collectively bring a rich dimension to the academic, cultural, and religious experience at CSB and SJU. We welcome faculty who devote themselves with passion and integrity to their disciplines and to a transformative education of their students. Please view our brochure regarding Higher Education in the Catholic and Benedictine Tradition.

With a total enrollment of approximately 2,900 students, faculty members develop relationships with students in small classroom settings and have opportunities to work closely with students on research projects, experiential learning experiences, and study abroad programs. Recent initiatives to create a dynamic general education curriculum and to develop plans for a new teaching and learning center demonstrate strong institutional support for faculty development.
 

Institutional Inclusion Visioning Statement

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University believe that an excellent liberal arts education requires an understanding and appreciation of cultural difference and that everyone deserves to feel safe and morally valued. To that end, we will challenge our own practices and systems. Our commitment to an inclusive environment will be incorporated into all decision-making processes. We dedicate ourselves to cultivating an equitable, inclusive community founded on respect for all persons. 

CSB and SJU offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program. For further information regarding CSB and SJU, visit http://www.csbsju.edu/about.

 

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have a substantial background in any of organic, inorganic, bioorganic, bioinorganic, organometallic chemistry and teach courses and laboratories in chemical reactivity as part of our innovative curriculum as well as upper division courses in their field of expertise. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to innovative undergraduate teaching and research in the context of a liberal arts institution, and a desire to teach across chemistry sub-disciplines. Postdoctoral experience is preferred; a Ph.D. is required by August 2024.

Department Highlights
The hire will be part of a 10-member department focused on an inclusive, active, student-centered pedagogy. With class sizes no larger than 32 students, our new colleague will be committed to working with diverse learners in a small class setting.  We are looking for a team-member to teach multi-section integrated courses and labs in the area of chemical reactivity (inorganic, organic and biochemistry). View further detail about our foundational courses at https://www.csbsju.edu/chemistry/curriculum/integrated-foundation-courses. The strong candidate will also have the ability to maintain an active undergraduate research program in a modern facility with robust instrumentation.   In addition, our new colleague will serve as an academic advisor, helping students craft 4-year plans, as well as summer and post-graduate plans. They will also contribute to service work aimed at moving the department and institution forward.

Qualifications

Required:

  • Ph.D. in organic, inorganic, bioorganic, bioinorganic, or organometallic chemistry or biochemistry
  • Laboratory experience in chemical purification, synthesis and characterization, or biochemical techniques
  • Interest in teaching from an active learning framework
  • Interest in learning about, and teaching in, other areas of chemistry outside of disciplinary specific background
  • Ability to design and maintain an active undergraduate research program
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred:

  • Postdoctoral training
  • Ability to offer synthetic undergraduate research opportunities and/or upper-level synthetic courses
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • Teaching as instructor of record
  • Ability to work as an effective team member 
  • Experience mentoring and facilitating student groups
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills  

 

To Apply

Applications are accepted online by clicking on "Apply" on the institutions' website. Applicants are asked to provide the following materials:

  1. A letter of application which addresses how the applicant's education, teaching interests, and teaching and/or work experience meet the position qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy, including how you will integrate diversity and support inclusion for all students in the classroom and use innovative/active-learning pedagogies.
  4. A brief statement of undergraduate research plans.
  5. Unofficial copies of transcripts; official copy required upon hire.
  6. Names and contact information of three references.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University hiring process, please contact Human Resources at (320) 363-5500 or employment@csbsju.edu.
 
It is the policy of CSB and SJU to conduct a pre-employment background check. An offer of employment is contingent upon a successful background check. 
 
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.

Company

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are two nationally leading liberal arts colleges whose unique partnership provides students with a highly engaged and integrated learning experience preparing them for leadership and service in a global society. The student experience is enlivened by Catholic and Benedictine tradition and an extraordinary sense of place and community.

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