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Visiting Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, New York
Closing date
Dec 31, 2023

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The Department of Chemistry at Skidmore College invites applications from qualified individuals for a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor position beginning in the Fall of 2023. Skidmore is a highly selective, nationally-ranked liberal arts college located in Saratoga Springs, New York with a student population of 2,600, 26% of whom are domestic students of color, 10% are international students, and 15% are first generation students. The College is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the growing diversity and excellence of the academic community through their inclusive teaching. Enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring students in a vibrant and collaborative, undergraduate environment is essential. 

 The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses in their discipline of specialization and contributing to introductory chemistry courses in our ACS certified chemistry program. The average teaching load is 9 contact hours per semester (18 contact hours per year) where lecture sections are 3 contact hours and labs are 3-4 contact hours, and laboratory class sizes are typically limited to 16 students or fewer. Additional compensation for summer instruction is sometimes possible. Skidmore supports faculty in many ways, including internal grants for faculty development, a new faculty learning community, a Center for Teaching and Learning, and funds to travel to meetings. 

Skidmore has completed the first two of three phases of the innovative Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS). Accordingly, the Chemistry Department is now housed in entirely newly constructed spaces in CIS. Please visit for additional information including about teaching loads, resources available, the search process, and the new CIS teaching labs.

Education: A Ph.D. in chemistry is required, prior teaching experience is desirable.

We encourage applications from individuals with identities historically minoritized in the sciences and who have experience working with diverse student populations. Successful applicants should highlight any specific experiences and expertise related to supporting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational community throughout their application materials. A complete application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter that includes how the applicant will effectively engage with a diverse student body as a teacher and mentor; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy that explains how the applicant will effectively teach, mentor, and engage with a diverse population of students in an inclusive manner, informed by their teaching experience and training, and denotes courses that they are interested in teaching; (4) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts scanned as one pdf document; and (5) the names, affiliations, and contact information of three professional references. Review of applications will begin on December 8th and will continue until the position is filled. 

Salary Range: $64,000 - $68,000



Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Recently named by Newsweek as one of America’s “25 New Ivies,” Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 40 states and 30 countries.

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