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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry

Soka University
Aliso Viejo, California
$94,000 - $104,000
Closing date
Aug 16, 2024

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The Life Sciences concentration at Soka University of America (SUA) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry beginning August 1st, 2025.

The successful candidate will demonstrate their ability to excite and engage classes and laboratories of 16 or fewer students, to develop a productive program of research and scholarship, and to engage in service. This position will support SUA’s Life Sciences concentration and robust General Education curriculum housed in a state-of-the-art science teaching and research facility.


The primary duties of this position are teaching courses in Organic Chemistry. These courses will include Organic Chemistry I & II, a project-based Organic Chemistry laboratory, and introductory chemistry according to the needs of the University. In addition, all faculty teach one or more courses in SUA’s cross-disciplinary General Education curriculum (e.g. Core, Modes of Inquiry, or Learning Cluster. For course descriptions, see the undergraduate catalog at ). All courses should engage students via project-based and active learning approaches suitable for small class sizes. The teaching load per academic year is five courses between August and May.

The successful candidate should have a well-defined plan to maintain an active research program involving undergraduates. SUA provides resources to support faculty research year-round with undergraduates through institutional research funds and student research assistantships. All SUA graduates complete a capstone (senior thesis), and successful applicants should be able to participate as mentors for students. The faculty member will be responsible for operating, maintaining, and training users on a Bruker 400 MHz nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer.

All faculty are also expected to take part in service roles within their academic units as well as faculty governance.

Candidates should demonstrate responsiveness toward and understanding of diverse student backgrounds, especially regarding socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability/disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a commitment to the university’s mission to develop global citizens.

Required Qualifications: 

Applicants from all fields of Organic Chemistry are welcome, with a preference for interdisciplinary researchers in fields relevant to our Life Sciences concentration, which is designed to prepare students for careers in science, biotechnology, and medicine. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Candidates will preferably have teaching experience in Organic Chemistry.

Soka University of America:

Soka University of America (SUA), located in Aliso Viejo, California, is a private liberal arts college founded on the principles of peace, human rights, and the sanctity of life. It offers a unique and globally focused education with a commitment to fostering a learning environment that emphasizes critical thinking, creativity, and intercultural understanding. SUA's small student body, approximately 450 undergraduates, ensures personalized attention and a close-knit academic community. The university's curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and incorporates a strong international perspective, requiring students to study abroad for a semester. Faculty members at SUA have the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary teaching and research, supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a strong commitment to faculty development and academic freedom. The campus is known for its beautiful architecture, serene environment, and a culture that values dialogue, diversity, and the holistic development of its students.

Application Instructions & Required Documentation:

Applicants should submit the following materials: (1)  Letter of application addressing the required qualifications; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) A teaching statement that describes their teaching experience in relevant courses, specifically a philosophy that should reflect how the candidate would address teaching needs in a liberal arts environment and incorporate diverse identities and viewpoints through their teaching and/or scholarship (maximum two pages, single-spaced); (4) Statement of research interests and plan, detailing how undergraduate students will be involved, major equipment needs, and means to fulfill the NMR responsibilities described above (maximum two pages, single-spaced); and (5) Name and contact information for three references (references will be requested prior to the phone interview)

Applicants who could enrich campus diversity are especially encouraged to apply. Review of completed applications will begin on September 27th, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent on the completion of a successful background check.

Benefits and Salary:  Soka University of America offers an excellent benefits package for full-time faculty that includes medical, dental, vision, retirement, dependent tuition remission, and faculty home loans. The salary range for this position is $94,000 - $104,000 and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

Please apply by submitting your application through Interfolio using this link:


Soka University of America is an equal-opportunity employer.


Soka University of America is a selective four-year institution offering a challenging program in the liberal arts with a focus on the Pacific Rim. The university is committed to a vision of an integrated inter- or multidisciplinary approach to education. The university aims to foster close intellectual relations between faculty members and students by encouraging faculty mentorship.

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