Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Dec 21, 2020
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

CLOSING DATE:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Initial review of applications will begin on January 27th, so applications should be submitted by that time for guaranteed consideration.

APPOINTMENT DATE:  August 17, 2021 (Fall 2021)

JOB TYPE:  Full-Time Probationary / Tenure-Track



Bemidji State University (BSU) invites qualified applicants to join our team as an Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.


BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji.  BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture.  The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation.  Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 


Enrolling more than 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.


The Department of Chemistry is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time instructor to teach undergraduate courses both online and on campus. The Department currently houses undergraduate programs including an ACS accredited BS in Chemistry and other emphases in Biochemistry/Biotechnology, Criminalistics, and Environmental Chemistry.  The Department also has a joint program with the Department of Biology for a BS in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology. We are a growing Department and seek opportunities to increase student involvement in faculty mentored research projects. Although this position appointment is limited, we expect a tenure-track assistant or associate professor of chemistry to be available within the year. We have a strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness and seek applicants who share our vision.



Responsibilities of the Assistant or Associate Professor of Chemistry include:

  • Teaching biochemistry, biochemistry laboratory, and other upper division courses in an area of their expertise.   The incumbent would also be expected to teach lower division courses, such as principles of chemistry, general chemistry, consumer chemistry and criminalistics and their associated laboratories as needed by the Department.
  • Designing and delivering on-campus and/or online courses, as needed.
  • Pursuing research activities in their area of expertise.  This research should be complimentary to that of current faculty members and involve undergraduate students.
  • Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, student advising, service to the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the Department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities. 
  • Assisting with programmatic accreditation as required by the American Chemical Society.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Earned doctorate in biochemistry or a closely related field from a regionally accredited institution at the start of employment. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to quality teaching is required.
  • Two (2) years of teaching experience (including graduate student teaching experience).


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Skills and ability to design and deliver online courses with D2L Brightspace or similar software, or be willing to obtain the necessary skills for online course design and delivery.
  • Experience or willingness to teach associated courses for the department’s BCMB (Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology) and Criminalistics emphases.  Experience using instrumentation related to these areas is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and/or interest in working with students and colleagues from multicultural and diverse backgrounds.

To facilitate proper crediting, please ensure that your application and/or resume clearly demonstrate fulfillment of these minimum and preferred qualifications.



Apply online:

A complete application will include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all coursework.
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Research plan.



Dr. Keith Marek

Chair, BSU Chemistry Department


If you have general questions about this posting or submitting an application, contact Teresa Hanson at






Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.


Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.


Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.


The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.


For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.


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