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Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Whitworth University
Spokane, Washington State
Closing date
Jun 20, 2024

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Chemistry

Whitworth University

Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Faculty (Visiting)

Location: Whitworth University Campus

Department: Chemistry


Position Summary

Since 1890, Whitworth University, a private, residential, comprehensive, liberal-arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian church, has held fast to its founding mission to provide its students an education of mind and heart characterized by rigorous and open intellectual inquiry and the integration of Christian faith and learning. Anchored in the Reformed tradition and enriched throughout its history by strong evangelical and ecumenical currents, Whitworth's mission is carried out by a diverse community of dedicated Christian scholars and staff members who are called to a variety of vocations to serve and support students. Whitworth believes the best learning occurs in the context of relationships - inside and outside of the classroom - where professors and staff members alike invest in the lives of students. Whitworth is committed to modeling the highest standards of integrity and fairness and being a trusted and valued member of the community. Whitworth recognizes that a community built from diverse backgrounds, identities, cultures, and experiences will allow us to best fulfill our educational and Christian mission. Fostering a diverse community is essential to understanding and solving the complex and evolving issues of our day. We believe the wealth of resources offered in a diverse community positions us best to understand God, follow Christ, and serve humanity. Whitworth's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, offers a variety of support for faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.

The Chemistry department provides a stimulating environment in which students can use the latest technology in course and lab work, and also have opportunities for advanced research in collaboration with faculty. The department provides access to modern instrumentation including a multinuclear 400 MHz NMR, an x-ray diffractometer, an MS and GC/MS, a DSC, two HPLC systems, a fluorimeter, several UV-Vis and IR spectrometers, an AA, an ICP-OES, and various other instruments supporting individual research projects. The chemistry department is located in Robinson Science Hall, a 63,000 sq. ft. facility housing state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories. The small class sizes typical in the department encourage students to become active learners in their education and helps foster close relationships between students and faculty members. We seek scholars who enjoy collaborating with a diverse group of undergraduate students and who seek the challenge of inspiring students to reach their full potential.

The Chemistry department typically graduates 20-30 students with a chemistry major each year. Recent graduates have been accepted to excellent chemistry graduate schools (for example: Notre Dame, University of Washington, UC Berkeley, and Cal Tech), medical schools (for example: University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, and Boston University), in addition to finding employment opportunities directly after graduation.

Application Review Start Date
May 28, 2024

Core Responsibilities


Primary teaching responsibilities include lower-division chemistry courses and laboratories in both fall and spring semesters. Based on the applicant's background, interests and departmental needs, additional teaching assignments in upper-division Biochemistry courses and labs may be available. The annual teaching load is 21 credits for the year.

Additional responsibilities include participation in departmental activities and governance, professional and research activities; attending state, regional and national professional association meetings; attending faculty assemblies, development days, and retreat; serving on committees, and advising.

Qualifications | Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


• Ph.D. or ABD in Chemistry or a closely related field. All sub-disciplines of chemistry are encouraged to apply.
• Evidence of promise in effectiveness at college-level teaching (demonstrated effectiveness preferred)
• Ability to adopt technology used in the department including course management systems, online homework systems, and remote clicker response systems.
• Experience providing all students with an equitable, just, and inclusive learning environment.
• A commitment to science education in a liberal arts setting and working with a broad student population to explore the nature of the scientific enterprise and the interaction between science and society.

Whitworth Values

• A personal commitment to the Christian faith and to the integration of faith and learning.
• Demonstrated growth in cultural competence, awareness of societal and structural inequities, and proven experience in effectively establishing relationships and positive communications with students and other constituents across multiple dimensions of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class or religious perspectives
• A commitment to the educational mission of Whitworth University as a comprehensive Christian liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church

Position Details

Salary Term: 9 monthsHiring range: $57,010 to $63,718Commensurate with years of credited service. 1.75% increase to the minimum salary is granted for each year of credited service at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Start Date
July 1, 2024
The successful candidate will report to campus on August 19, 2024 in order to participate in orientation events.

The application will ask for the following attachments:

• A letter of interest that describes your approach to teaching and directing and relates your experience to the required qualifications of the position.
• Curriculum Vitae
• A short personal essay describing your personal Christian faith. This essay is intended to be a statement in your own words that will help the committee understand your interest in joining Whitworth's community of Christian scholars and integrating your faith into your teaching.
• Three most recent student feedback surveys (if available).
• A short essay describing your teaching philosophy.
• Names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of at least three academic references (one or more additional non-academic references who are able to speak to your qualifications for the position may also be included).

A background check, sexual misconduct check, and confirmation of degrees earned will be required of the successful candidate.

You are on this webpage because a position at Whitworth sparked your curiosity. If you find yourself questioning hitting the apply button because you might not meet 100% of the qualifications, we think you should do it! Research continues to show that women and BIPOC candidates are less likely to hit the apply button unless they meet all the listed qualifications. One way we are working to overcome this trend is every search committee at Whitworth has a trained Equity Advocate (EA) serving on the team. Our EAs are trained to make space for committees to consider each candidate's unique and relevant skills and attributes. So, when you click apply, please know that your application is reviewed by a committee of real, living, and breathing human beings who want to understand your experience and skills to find ways you relate to the key competencies needed for success in the position.

Looking for resources to help with writing a faith statement? Check out our for more information.

Learn more about our shared work to achieve and sustain inclusive excellence

Whitworth complies with all federal, state, and local nondiscrimination laws that are applicable to religious nonprofit institutions and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, sex, or disability. With our Christ-centered commitment to building a diverse and inclusive community, the university encourages applications from populations underrepresented at Whitworth including members of racial/ethnic communities, women, and persons with disabilities.

Online applications are stored on a secure site. Only authorized employees and hiring authorities have access to the information submitted.

It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. Applications may be rejected if incomplete.

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