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Visiting Assistant Professor in General and Organic Chemistry

Whitman College
Walla Walla, Washington State
$65,000 - $70,000
Closing date
Jun 16, 2024

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Field of specialization
General / Technical, Organic
Work Function
Job Type
Full time

Job Details

Located in the vibrant community of Walla Walla, WA, Whitman College is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving roughly 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top undergraduate, liberal arts colleges in the country.

The Chemistry Department at Whitman College is seeking candidates for a one- or two-year position in General Chemistry at the rank of visiting assistant professor, beginning August 2024. A Ph.D. is required upon starting the position.

The successful candidate will offer courses primarily in General Chemistry lecture and laboratory. The balance of the teaching load will be determined through consultation and could include other courses, depending on the candidate’s expertise. The annual teaching load is five courses. Depending on resource needs and interest, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue research projects involving undergraduate students during the academic year or during the summer.

Whitman College is committed to fostering an inclusive learning community that values diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives. In the cover letter, candidates should describe their interest in teaching undergraduates, majors as well as non-majors, at all levels of instruction. In doing so, candidates should address how their lived experiences and classroom and scholarly practices will advance equity and inclusion in the learning environment. 

To apply, go to The online application will prompt you to upload all of the required materials: a letter of application; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy; and evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. The committee will solicit three letters of recommendation from applicants who reach the interview stage.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range: $65,000-$70,000

Whitman College offers a competitive benefits package that is designed to attract qualified candidates and retain talented employees. Full-time employees enjoy the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances; basic life, accidental death and dismemberment and long term disability insurances with the capability to elect additional voluntary coverage; 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with a 10% matching contribution after eligibility requirements are met; employee tuition waiver for one Whitman course per semester; and an Employee Assistance Program. New faculty receive reimbursement for moving expenses based on the distance of relocation and are compensated $2,000 for attending a required New Faculty Orientation.

Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the College’s working and learning environment. Whitman College is an EEO employer.


Whitman is an independent, co-educational, non-sectarian, residential undergraduate college of liberal arts and sciences. Founded originally as a seminary in 1859, Whitman received its charter as a four-year, degree-granting college in 1882. Whitman has earned a reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States. The College boasts the highest graduation rate and the highest alumni participation in giving in the Pacific Northwest, and possesses one of the largest endowments of any private college in the West. Whitman is characterized by a strong sense of tradition and community that embraces students, faculty and staff alike. More than 85 percent of students who enter graduate within five years. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1, Whitman's 1,450 students enjoy small classes and work closely with faculty as engaged partners and participants in a dynamic learning community.

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