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Professor of Organic Chemistry (undergraduate)

Union University
Jackson, Tennessee
$77,000 per year + generous benefits
Closing date
Mar 24, 2024

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Full time

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  • Teach a full-time load of 12 hours per semester composed of chemistry lecture and laboratory courses (organic chemistry and lab, organic/inorganic synthesis, advanced organic chemistry and lab, fundamentals of chemistry and lab, general chemistry and lab).
    • Overload (with extra pay) of 3 hours per semester is usually necessary. Summer research mentoring is sometimes required.
  • Design curriculum through the development of instructional plans to meet course competencies, the development of activities and assignments which support lesson objectives, and the development of critical thinking skills. Instruction is delivered primarily in in-seat format and may include online and/or blended format.
  • Facilitate/guide the progress of students toward achievement of course and program outcomes. Define clear learning outcomes.
  • Assign grades and maintain course/student records in accordance with FERPA regulations. Submit grades and records by established deadlines.
  • Demonstrate interest in the personal and professional growth of students. Maintain effective interpersonal relationships with students and faculty colleagues. Demonstrate concern for student progress.
  • Maintain regular on-campus office hours as posted on office door (or Canvas) for student accessibility outside the classroom, providing ample periods of time for counseling and mentoring students in matters related to academic success, life goals, and spiritual development.
  • Schedule, supervise, debrief, and evaluate students in clinical, internship, observation, field experience, and similar settings as appropriate for the course or program.
  • Complete assigned tasks in a timely manner.
  • Submit budget requests and post textbook information for assigned courses by the posted deadlines.
  • Participate in assessment activities associated with taught courses by collecting data on student learning outcomes when appropriate. Engage in department activities associated with the analysis and application of those data for the purposes of continuous improvement of the program.
  • Conduct laboratory instruction conforming to best practices, including those for safety. Obtain laboratory equipment and supplies for instruction including undergraduate research. Empower and supervise undergraduate research.
  • Supervise student workers/independent studies/individualized instruction/student research as assigned.

Professional Development

  • Pursue scholarly growth on an on-going basis, both within and outside the subject discipline, in the academic profession.
  • Remain current in academic or program discipline, including participation in professional organizations and scholarly activities; attending and presenting at professional conferences, meetings, workshops, and/or conventions.
  • Maintain a commitment to academic scholarship through the engagement of intellectual inquiry to further the field of chemistry.
  • Continue to develop online teaching methods as/if appropriate.


  • Participate in the life of the University, which may take the form of sponsorship or chaperonage of student organizations or activities and attendance at academic, cultural, and athletic events.
  • Serve on standing of ad-hoc committees, advisory boards, and hiring committees as assigned.
  • Attend departmental, divisional, and college-wide meetings. Participate in faculty business meetings and forums.
  • Participate in religious emphases and activities sponsored by the University for personal enrichment and as an example and encouragement to colleagues and to students.
  • Mentor and/or assist in orienting new faculty either formally or informally as appropriate.
  • Be available to faculty and students for consultation in one’s area of expertise.
  • Assist with Pre-Registration, and New Student Orientation as assigned. When called upon, function as an official academic advisor, counseling students about course, academic sequence, and program selection.
  • Take part in campus and community activities related to the discipline of chemistry.
  • Participate in convocation and commencement exercises, as well as other ceremonies appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline or program.
  • Apply Christian standards and attitudes in relationships among cohorts, faculty, staff, and students.
  • Contribute to a positive work climate and the team effort within the department and school.
  • Maintain effective interpersonal relationships with full and part-time faculty, staff, and other persons who may have a direct impact on the department program.


Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The 290-acre campus is located in Jackson, TN (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, TN. Union University currently enrolls nearly 3,800 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 45 states and 35 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nation’s premier Christian universities and for the twelfth year in a row was listed in the top tier of universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report. Exciting campus developments include the recent opening of the Carl Grant Events Center and new student residence complexes.

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